Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why do you matter? Just because you are

G. K. Chesterton

By Dave Andrusko

The great apologist G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe.”

Someone once sent me that quote as part of a larger essay in which the writer expounded on Chesterton’s insight. Alas I did not retain the author’s name. So….

Without being able to give credit where credit is due, this writer took Chesterton’s observation and concluded “And that God—the God who is big enough to speak all of that [just the part of the universe we know about] into existence and hold it in the palm of his hand—says you matter to him. He says I matter to him.”

I wonder, could there be anything that more fundamentally separates pro- and anti-life forces than the bedrock pro-life conviction that every life matters? That lives are not disposable based on some sort of sliding scale, whether that be “wantedness” or “quality of life” or any other arbitrary and capricious line of demarcation?

To be fair, we shouldn’t expect that to register with our benighted opposition. The pro-abortion mind experiences a kind of brain freeze whenever you say this.

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