We hear a lot of talk about equality. We want equal rights, equal pay, equal recognition under the law, etc. Buzzword aside, equality is a good thing. But the reality is that our society is not looking for equality at all, and instead focus our efforts on “rights” instead of doing the right thing.

One good example of this is the issue of abortion. According to Rolling Stone, “about 44 percent of Americans tell Gallup pollsters that they’re ‘pro-life,’ [but] only 28 percent of Americans actually want to overturn Roe v. Wade and end legal abortion.” The line of thinking for those that are both pro-life and support Roe v. Wade is that they are (stop me if you’ve heard this a billion times): “pro-life, but I don’t want to infringe on other people.”

So, let’s break down the reasoning behind this viewpoint held by the majority — according to Rolling Stone — of pro-life individuals.

I am assuming that a person is pro-life because they believe it is wrong to kill a baby — in this case, a baby in the womb. If so, shouldn’t it be wrong whether you are making the decision or someone else is? This is the key differentiator between rights and morality.

Rights govern the ideas and actions that we as a society choose to protect.

Morality is good and just whether we choose to live moral lives or not.

One is rooted in an agreement in how we govern ourselves, and the other is rooted in truth. Morality trumps a right every day of the week. In fact, the concept upon which our rights as Americans were constructed was done so under the banner of morality — not the other way around.

Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine.

James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U.S. Supreme Court Justice

The proper process of things is that we act on what is moral, and then secure our moral action with rights. We have reversed this process.

And this brings us to the pro-life individuals who support Roe v. Wade. If an unborn baby is, in fact, an innocent person, then killing that person is wrong.

Can people get an abortion in America? Yes.

Do they have a right to do so? Yes.

But, is it moral? No.

Abortion goes against every notion that we as a society intend when we talk about equality. If we, as a society, do not have a proper understanding of the value of life, then we will never have a proper understanding of human dignity — no matter what “rights” we set to govern ourselves.

As such, The Halcyon Movement is launching a campaign titled, simply, All Life Has Value. We, as a movement for life, must stand up and defend the defenseless — the most vulnerable of our society.

In today’s society, it would seem that each one of us has a ton of identities: gender, ethnicity, cultural, nationalism (or globalism), generation, class, sexual orientation, and political. These identities — nearly all of them — are a constant cause of an often divisive debate in the public square.

One identity, however, is different.

For the Christian, our identity as a follower of Christ is paramount. It guides who we are, who we will be, how we act, and constructs our worldview. As James 4:7 asserts, we are told to “give yourselves completely to God.”

In What is Art?, Leo Tolstoy stated that “the Christian religious perception was not one of those small steps by which humanity advances regularly, but was an enormous revolution, which, if it has not already altered, must inevitably alter . . . the whole internal organization of [one’s] life.” The importance here is Tolstoy’s understanding that Christianity transforms a person’s identity in such a way that they are no longer the same person. As such, for a Christian, this is the only identity that matters.

If our Christian identity is paramount to who we are, then what happens when we are told that we can no longer live according to our faith? It is the quintessential attack on us as a people. There are many — even other Christians — who tell us that our religious freedom is not being threatened. The reality is we live in a society where threats and opposition are ever-present. We are told not to pray in school, not to share our faith at work, keep our faith and politics separate, and ensure our businesses — our livelihood — are conducted in a secular manner.

How, if our Christianity is the most important quality of our identity, are we supposed to follow through on these separations?

For instance, do we ask gay men or lesbian women to quiet their identity at work? No, we are told to celebrate it — for a whole month. Identity politics is one of the most influential elements of our modern culture, and yet Christianity is being systematically removed from the discussion — or worse, it is being vilified.

The point is this: Our Christian identity matters.

Our faith is not meant to be locked away in our homes and churches. It must be lived out in all we do — no matter where we are OR who we are. So, The Halcyon Movement is launching a campaign to rally Christians to live out their faith in the public square.

We are asking people to sign and declare “I Will Live Out My Faith!”

The Bible tells you to “be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13. If we do not follow this instruction, then we are sure to face what Al Mohler calls a “post-Christian America,” if we are not there already.