Passing the Torch

Like many in our generation, I came of political age in the wake of Roe v. Wade. As the destruction of that 1973 Supreme Court decision unfolded around us, our generation felt the call to defend the truth of God’s love for the unborn. Many of us have spent much of our lives answering this call, through prayer, cultural engagement, and political action.

For my husband Len and me, it’s been more than 30 years defending and promoting the sanctity of life in our professional lives and in our home — in fact, long before we married or were even dating, we shared the opinion page of the ASU State Press with pro-life columns on the 11th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1984. Through the Center for Arizona Policy and now at Arizona Christian University, Len has been engaged in the battle for life in our culture, in the church, and in the world of politics. I joined in when I could. In the midst of it, we raised and home-educated our eight children, sent them off to college, and prepared them as best we could to live out the truth about God’s heart for the unborn, whatever the future might hold for their generation.

Despite our generation’s many efforts, change has come slowly. We’ve cheered political victories, and prayed through defeats and setbacks. We’ve at times felt exhausted, even discouraged. I remember joking with Len years ago, after a particularly difficult stretch, asking when the reinforcements would arrive — it seemed so overwhelming at times. Like many of you, we willingly answered our generation’s call to support and defend life, and yet we’ve many times wondered whether we would see victory in our lifetime and what type of world the next generation would inherit.

Now, 43 years after Roe, we all know there’s much left to be done. But it’s no longer just our generation being called to promote life. As Len and I engage with the students at Arizona Christian University, we are convinced that God is preparing the next generation of pro-life leaders and releasing a unique generational call for them to continue to defend the truth of His love for the unborn.

That is why I am so excited to introduce you to Voices for the Voiceless — the next generation of pro-life leaders who we believe will finish the work our generation started.

Voices for the Voiceless was founded by Arizona Christian 2015 graduate Josiah Friedman while he was still in high school. During his four years in the political science program at ACU, I got to know Josiah and hear his heart for the unborn. As his professor, I had the tremendous privilege to teach, mentor and pray with Josiah, as the Voices vision continued to develop.

Through Josiah and others in his generation, I’ve seen how God is calling them to promote and defend the unborn during their lifetime. I’ve learned that God’s truth doesn’t change, but often His tactics and strategies do, that each generation has a specific call. Just as our generation did years ago, the next generation must hear and answer the call for themselves. We cannot hear it for them. But we have the great privilege and obligation to walk alongside them, offering wisdom and support as we pass the torch. Our job, as the generation that goes before, is to encourage and support the generation that comes next.

As a member of the Board of Directors and as a personal supporter of the organization, please join me as Josiah and his incredible team officially launch the next phase of Voices for the Voiceless at the Expo later this month. We believe the tide is turning, and that the end of abortion is as inevitable in the 21st Century as the end of slavery was inevitable in the 19th Century. Come join us in equipping the generation who will finish the job.

Dr. Tracy Munsil is a founding mentor at Voices for the Voiceless, where she serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Munsil is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Chair of the Department of Government, History, & Philosophy at Arizona Christian University. Full bio here.