Rev. Mark H. Creech
In 1995, I joined a group of Christian theologians to teach Christian pastors in Calcutta, India. Knowing Mother Teresa and her ministry, The Missionaries of Charity, were there, I wrote the Raleigh Catholic Diocese to see if I could obtain her address. The diocese was quick to reply with it. Forthwith, I shot off a letter to the Indian-Albanian Catholic nun, asking for the opportunity to meet with her and see the ministry she founded.
The woman Catholics now call a Saint was of such world-renowned fame I doubted I would ever hear from her. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I received a letter back that read:
At the bottom of the letter and what I assume is her own handwriting, she wrote, “Let us pray,” and signed her name.
She and the Missionaries of Charity were prepared for my visit when I arrived in Calcutta. She was more than gracious, and we talked for quite some time. The most memorable part of our conversation was about the scourge of abortion.
I brought up the speech she gave during the previous year’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. She was the guest speaker that year, with an audience of more than 3000 people, including President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and his wife, Tipper. A great deal of her speech was about the practice of abortion in America and worldwide. What she shared with me in conversation was mostly a repeat of what she had courageously declared in her speech.
The speech resulted in an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd while the President, Vice President, and their wives scandalously remained seated in protest and did not applaud.
Her words were straightforward but exceedingly profound. They were so powerful they need to be shared repeatedly, primarily when violence against the unborn is erroneously and egregiously held as a human right.
Mother Teresa said:
I must say that I was already pro-life before Mother Teresa’s speech and before I visited her in Calcutta, but the conversation we had on the day we met sealed it airtight for me. I have spoken on this issue from the pulpit when I was a pastor and worked diligently alongside pro-life organizations and other concerned citizens to end this grievous injustice. I also believe our credibility on every other social issue hinges on where we stand on abortion. It is the plumb line.
Moreover, as the late Dr. Billy Graham once said, “Even history declares the tragic legacy of promiscuous societies – from Carthage and Rome to Renaissance France. And the Bible repeatedly declares God’s wrath on those who persist in such sin.”
Something I never thought I would see in my lifetime occurred in June this year. The United States Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and sent the question of abortion back to the states to decide.
In the next session of the General Assembly, lawmakers will be deciding abortion policy for North Carolina. I am earnestly praying, and I hope every sincere Christian in North Carolina is doing the same, that state lawmakers won’t play politics with this issue. In the interest of all that is good and godly, may God give them the grace and courage to take the course which will save the most lives. I pray they might consider the tremendous words of Mother Teresa on abortion. I pray they would not be found “sitting in the seat of the scornful” but standing up for life.
Most of the legislators in the General Assembly profess to be Christians. Whether they are genuine believers, I don’t know. But I agree with the late Mother Teresa: Those who receive and protect a child’s life are receiving Jesus, and those who deny the child by abortion are crucifying Him afresh.© Rev. Mark H. Creech
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