“I agree with what you are doing, but you are fighting a losing battle.” This is what I was told recently by a visitor to our display at the annual Kelowna Community Resource Centre’s Volunteer Fair at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna held earlier this month. The middle-aged woman looked over our materials, chatted for a while, offered her opinion on our losing battle and went on her way.

Before she escaped, however, I was able to posit to her that while I understand many people have become discouraged in the struggle for the right to life of unborn babies, I will not let that happen to me. I won’t let it happen because while I don’t expect that abortion will be illegal tomorrow, or next month, or next year, and probably not in my lifetime, that still won’t stop me or any of the dedicated pro-lifers I know from continuing on in the battle, for a number of reasons.

First, we know we are doing the right thing., and we know that God can and will grant us victory on the time of His choosing. We are simply going through the motions. We know how this story ends, and we intend on being on the right side of it from now until that glorious day arrives.

Second, we take solace and gain strength from the plight of those who fought (many more years than we have) to overcome a past injustice comparable to abortion: slavery. Imagine generation after generation of slavery abolitionists standing up against the atrocity of legalized slavery. It took them 250 years to convince a blind and corrupted culture that the African was a full human being deserving of equal rights. It’s only been 46 years for us and some are already discouraged!?

Third, we don’t fully know the positive impact our efforts are having, but rest assured it is greater than we realize. Even if we don’t see laws changed, we are making a difference in individual lives. We just don’t know what impact we’ve had on someone we’ve had a discussion with, someone who has read one of our signs, someone who saw us standing in freezing conditions outside the hospital. These efforts plant seeds, and more often than not we are not around to see if the seeds take root.  My belief is that when we reach heaven, we’ll know every life we touched, and every life we saved with our efforts, and we will be very pleasantly surprised.

Lastly, you just never know. Major changes can happen quickly in a culture. As late as the 1990’s, it was virtually unthinkable that the definition of marriage would ever be changed in Canada. By 2005, “gay marriage” was the law of the land. In Poland, abortion was widely practiced for a number of decades. Following the collapse of communism in the 1980’s, the constitution of Poland was changed to include protection of unborn children and by 1993 the practice of unborn child sacrifice had come to an abrupt end. You just never know.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28