“Being the leader of the world means being the leader of peace.”
I know I’m not alone in finding Ukrainian president Zelensky’s address to Congress today haunting. The images he showed of body bags and mass graves and children dying are not from history, but the past three weeks. When he talked about peace and life and death, it was in English, making it all the more powerful — and challenging.
We need to help the Ukrainian people more than we are. We also need to examine how we lead peace on the ground in our own country.
Ben Sasse went to the press cameras immediately after Zelensky’s address and said: “Putin believes in killing women and children.” We, for almost 50 years, have been killing children simply because they are unborn and defenseless. That’s going to dull our consciences to the deaths of other innocents.
Mercifully, people see the senselessness of what is happening to Ukraine. How about the senselessness of the 17-year-old black girl going into an abortion clinic in America today, scared, with every influence in her life telling her abortion is health care, and it’s what you do when you’re pregnant and didn’t plan to be? There are more consequences to our culture of death than we realize.
To quote Zelensky again from this morning: “I see no sense in life if it cannot stop the deaths.” Last night, an article in People magazine popped up on my phone advocating for more doctor-assisted suicide. Do we really value life? In Ukraine, and in our homes and communities?
Over these past weeks, I keep hearing Mother Teresa saying to us:
The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
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