With Father’s Day approaching, I find myself reflecting on the lessons my father taught me…and not the lessons of how to fish, tie my shoe, ride a bike, or even drive…but lessons of how to be a man. How to stand up for what you believe in, how to admit when you are wrong (one I’m admittedly still working on), and how to stand up for those who can’t defend themselves, among many others.
It’s that last lesson—standing up for those who can’t defend themselves– that stands out for me the most. Maybe it’s because I’m the oldest of four living siblings, but I have always felt I have an obligation to work toward making the world a better place, mainly by doing what I can to help those who need it most.
That is why I am pro-life—I believe that not just as a father, or even just as a man, but as a human being I have an obligation to defend pre-born babies who can’t defend themselves—we all do!
That is why I find the argument that I shouldn’t express my thoughts about the horror of abortion just because of my gender absolutely wrong. I have never understood what my gender has to do with whether or not I can speak out against injustice. Certainly it was not only slaves who spoke out against slavery…men joined women in speaking out for women’s suffrage, and I don’t have to be the victim of a crime to know that crime is wrong. The morality, or immorality, of a statement (e.g. “all life deserves protecting”) is independent of the person who makes the statement.
So this Father’s Day, and every day, I encourage all fathers, indeed all humans, to stand up against injustice against the most vulnerable among us. I guarantee you that leaving a legacy of a life-respecting society is better than any tie you can get your Dad this Father’s day!