This past Wednesday, I was in Des Moines, IA, for the premiere of “The Gift of Life” documentary. This film is the best pro-life storytelling that exists in our world, today. So many times, the term “pro-life” is received as threatening or spiteful. The thought of life being the most important topic of this presidential campaign is dangerous to some and dismissed by others. However, as was stated on Wednesday, if we don’t get this issue right, then all the other issues won’t matter. I have long held the opinion that you must share and show love in order to best represent the life that Jesus calls us to live.
The Gift of Life does a wonderful job of showing the positive side of our cause while educating as it warms the heart. Many stories of change, faithfulness, and hope are told through the wonderful cast and artful direction of the film. The film does an excellent job sharing the emotion and wonder that is life. Born or unborn, children deserve all we have and all we can do to provide a happy, fully-lived life. This film is a testament to our story, and an excellent way to introduce people who may be undecided on the issue to the truths that are the pro-life movement.
I was afforded a chance to meet one of my heroes. I don’t have much desire to meet Hollywood stars, music legends, or any other figure that America deems popular. My heroes are people who are true to their word and who fight for what is right. So, that’s why meeting Mike Huckabee was such a true honor. Governor Huckabee has fought tirelessly for the sanctity of life, and was the driving force behind the creation of this film. What was even more amazing was how truly honored he was to meet me. Even though it was a hurried moment when we met, the sincerity in his eyes and his words were felt through my entire being. Governor Huckabee has the ability to make you feel as if you were the only person in the room, and that is born out of a genuine spirit that is hard to find in today’s world. He said he was moved by my story, and was so excited to get the chance to meet me. He then brought me out on stage at the film’s conclusion to introduce me to the crowd. The other cast members soon joined us, and I am so proud to have been a part of this production. My meeting with Mike Huckabee was a moment I will never forget.
Four Republican candidates for president were there and I was able to talk briefly with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. They, too, were genuine as we exchanged greetings. I must say, however, that while Rick Perry and Michelle Bachman were both in attendance, neither stayed to watch the film. I felt that decision on their part was very disrespectful, and I really appreciate Speaker Gingrich and Senator Santorum for not only staying to watch the documentary, but also for staying an hour afterwards to talk with folks about the emotions that were experienced while watching the film.
All in all, it was a fantastic evening, and I cannot say enough about the Citizens United film, “The Gift of Life.” If you consider yourself pro-life, you must see this film and you will be uplifted by it. If you have a different viewpoint, I encourage you to open your mind and heart to listen to these stories. Either way, I promise you will be encouraged by the hope and love shown in this film.