I am unashamedly pro-life. I am unashamedly pro-woman. I am unashamedly pro-child. I am unashamedly pro-man. And I am unashamedly pro-Jesus.
Friends, I am not marching today. It is my understanding that a woman with my beliefs is not welcome at this march “for women.” Oh the irony. A group claiming to be marching for me, as a woman, will not allow me to march with them because I am also pro-life, pro-child, pro-man, and pro-Jesus along with being pro-woman.
I really do understand and empathize with a lot of the beliefs on both sides of all of this. It is the truth that women are often undervalued and mistreated not just in the U.S. but around the world. And that’s so hard. Sometimes, it’s terrible, despicable, even evil. But, our government is not at fault there. There are no more laws protecting the rights of men than there are of women. In fact, women have one more “right” than men do in this country and that is the right to have their unborn children killed while the paternal rights of the fathers of these unborn children are completely disregarded. This undervalue and mistreatment of women is part of our culture. The culture of living in a fallen, broken, and cursed world. Genesis 3:16 states. “To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you." Nowhere in there does it say that we will be given the “right” to not give birth if we don’t want to by killing our unborn babies. It does say, however that He has multiplied our pain in childbirth. Nowhere in there does it say that if it is inconvenient, or painful (or even dangerous), or not in the timing we have decided for ourselves for us to have a child, that He will give His blessing in the decision to have that child killed within our womb. It does say that that we will bring forth children in pain. And nowhere in there does He promise that we will be treated as the beautiful, wonderful, adored creation that we are (“You are beautiful for you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14 “You are loved more than you will ever know by someone who died to know you.” Romans 5:6 “Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure, remember who you belong to.” Ephesians 2:19-22) by the men around us. It does say, however that our desire will be for our husband(s) and that he(they) will rule over us. Later in the bible, men are instructed over and over again to love us well and the bible is absolutely filled with instructions for us all to love each other. But, because of sin entering this world, making every man and woman a sinner and bringing on this curse, it is a very nearly impossible thing to achieve. So men fall short (some incredibly, severely so) of treating and loving us well. We women fall short of what we have been instructed to do and be, also. We are all sinners. We all fall short. That’s the beauty of a salvation relationship with Jesus. We don’t need to be marching in the cities, demanding better treatment and protection of our rights. We need to be living in the light and freedom of the love and salvation of Jesus; walking our neighborhoods, loving and serving, valuing life of all sexes and at all ages and stages.
WE NEED JESUS. And that is why I am not marching. I love and value women; that’s why I serve them in my work as a doula and in other roles within my church and community. But, I am not marching because I believe demonstrations such as this will cause further division; emotional walls will be built; hearts will harden. And I don’t want that. I don’t think any of us do.
And I will continue to be pro-life, pro-women, pro-children, pro-men, pro-Jesus even if that means I will be unwelcome at events such as this Women’s March.
Amber Piller - Professional Birth Doula and owner of Agape Birth Services. Serving Northwest Houston including Jersey Village, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, and Katy Texas.