The First Responsibility

I am the proud father of two wonderful kids. Being “Dad” to Javen and Kendall is one of my greatest blessings and is a responsibility I embrace whole-heartedly. Even during my wife’s pregnancies I started to think about the role of being provider and protector of my new family. I anticipated how my wife and I would raise our kids and teach them to be respectful of others, God-loving, and eventually responsible young adults.

Whether through chores, reminding them about homework, or other teachable moments, I have many opportunities to teach my kids about responsibility. But the very first lesson on responsibility I demonstrated to them involved being prolife.

All of us have received this lesson. Our first lesson on responsibility comes at our birth. It’s hard to remember most of our “firsts” from when we were infants, but looking back, the choice of moms and parents to protect life … to choose life … to make a prolife decision is our first lesson on responsibility.

“To whom much has been given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48)

Call it simple thinking, but having received this first lesson, how can I not pass on this same lesson by choosing life? For my wife and I, becoming parents was desired; for others the situation may be different. But every unborn child has the right to receive this first lesson and every mom or couple has the responsibility to teach this lesson by choosing life.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

Abortion impacts African-Americans at a higher rate than any other population group. Abortion harms African-American families, destroys African-American communities, and kills the African-American unborn. For nearly 50 years there have been too many lessons not given … too many lessons not received.

Protecting the unborn is the first act of responsibility you can demonstrate to a child. It is giving what has been given to you and passing on the lesson of “the first responsibility” to those who follow.

Laura A.

An awesome woman who fights daily for the prolife cause!