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By now, you have likely heard the news coming from Mississippi. Although the vote was the closest yet for Personhood, it did not emerge victorious this time. Yet, a great battle was waged in Mississippi that stretched to the corners of our nation and beyond. Lives were changed and saved. Beliefs were challenged and hearts transformed. You inspire us, Mississippi!
I will admit something very personal to you. As the sponsor of the 2008 Colorado Personhood Amendment, I was incredibly disappointed—to put it mildly—when we lost. I had truly believed we would win. My faith in God was shaken. For two years, I had difficulty accepting what had happened. I questioned God. But through prayer, God’s great goodness, and the support of my family, I learned a key truth.
If we fight expecting to win, we may be discouraged. If, instead, we fight to proclaim the truth, we will always have hope to hang on to. We will have the strength to go on. After all, where are we told that our only purpose is to win every battle? My Bible tells me that I am called to cry out for the innocent and to speak up for the truth. That, in itself, is a great victory.
Now, three years after our first loss in Colorado, I’m back, along with many others who have been here all along. We’re going to come at this yet again here in Colorado. I have a deeper understanding of our good God and an even greater determination to end this evil. Please join me, once more. Details will follow soon.
Now is not the time to stop. It is the time to push forward, harder than ever! Civil rights movements are never recognized as civil rights movements until they win. Ironic, isn’t it? Until we win, we will be mocked and truth may be cast aside by some for a little longer. But, one day, we will win.
You have been a part of this victory all along. You have stood firm. You have spoken for those who have no voice. You have rescued innocent lives sentenced to death. You have been a watcher on the wall in our generation. You have said, “No more!” and you have followed your words with actions. We will be calling on you to act once again.
Civil rights movements often take years to win. Take, for example, South Carolina’s ballot initiative to allow women the right to vote. It took seven times on the ballot for this to win. Seven times. Surely, we can be even more committed to an issue that touches innocent children. William Wilberforce fought for twenty years in England before slavery was stopped. Winning can enable us to save many, many lives. We cannot turn back.
We are committed that no baby will be left behind. But this commitment goes far deeper than an Election Day victory. Win or lose, babies are saved. At what other time do we get a chance to let our voices be heard in the media, in our small towns, big cities, and statewide? The 2012 Personhood Campaign in Colorado will be the perfect opportunity to speak eloquently in the defense of all innocent human life. We have a platform. We must take this chance to speak again. And we speak by acting. By acting now.
No matter how many years we work, do not be discouraged. Do not lose heart or give up hope. Great movements, throughout history, have been great battles. They have been long battles that require sacrifice. Many would see obvious reasons to quit. But we see no such reason. Through victory and through loss, we are proclaiming the light of truth in our corner of the world. We are obeying the call to stomp down injustice and give the voiceless innocent a voice.
Please join us, once again, in 2012. We need you. A great battle requires many soldiers. A great movement requires many essential parts. You are a soldier. You are an essential part. We cannot promise victory in Colorado in 2012. But this we can promise: together, we will raise a voice for the innocent so loud that it will reach the very gates of Heaven and storm the gates of Hell.
Stand true for life!
Kristi Burton Brown
For Your Encouragement:
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”- Harriet Beecher Stowe
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“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent” -John Calvin
“So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the trade’s wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.” –William Wilberforce