The truth will set us free

*By Hannah Brockhaus

Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens carries his son on his shoulders after winning Super Bowl XLVII on Feb 3 2013. Credit: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Sport, Getty Images

Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens carries his son on his shoulders after winning Super Bowl XLVII on Feb 3 2013. Credit: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images Sport, Getty Images

A few days ago, retired NFL player Matt Birk made a ‘touchdown’ for Truth.

While most of the Baltimore Ravens team met with President Barack Obama at the White House, Birk declined attendance because of pro-abortion comments made by the president.

He said that comments by Obama such as ‘God bless Planned Parenthood’ prevented him from attending.

Declining such an honor is a statement that carries great power. Birk could have simply announced in a press conference or on the radio that he believes abortion is wrong and disagrees with the president, but the impact of such a statement would have been far weaker. Belief must lead to action.

I can declare myself pro-life, but without action in the form of prayer, support of pro-life groups and – most importantly – love for the mothers, fathers and children who suffer from the lies of the abortion industry, my declaration would be an empty one.

I applaud Birk’s action. Being in the public eye gives the NFL center a tremendous opportunity for evangelization, on a national platform from which most people never have to opportunity to speak.

Birk’s example of living out the truth through action reminds me of several verses from Matthew 22:

They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

Christ, give us the grace and courage to not be “concerned with anyone’s opinion” but to always act in accordance with your Truth.

*Hannah Brockhaus is an intern at CNA. She studies English at Truman State University.