Anyway, I entered again this year, and as of today, I just found out that I move on to state! Praise God! So here's this year's essay:
Time Will Not Wait
By: Jordan Strang
Cameron was a handsome young surgeon... Hardworking, strong, brilliant… The type of man Kristin had always dreamed of. She, on the other hand, was a beautiful young woman gifted with a fabulous taste in visual arts. Kristin simply was made for Cameron. The two fell in love and married. They raised a family together, became grandparents and grew old together. At the end, they knew their lives hadn’t always been easy, but they had always been good.
But we speak as looking into the future... They lived their future… Or did they?
We are mistaken. The cold hard facts have spoken: Cameron and Kristin never were married, never saw their posterity, and never grew old together. Instead, they were aborted soon after their conception. With their entire lives ahead of them, they were cruelly murdered, cut off from what would have been.
What is life? Should we appreciate it, ascribe value to it, embrace it, and protect it? Or was Macbeath correct when he noted that, “Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts...his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.”? His words tell a tale of meaninglessness… Life is here today, gone and forgotten tomorrow.
Today we live in a world that cheapens life from beginning to end. Contraceptives, early, mid and late term abortions… These and other examples show an obvious disregard for life in our country. They are the actions of a nation who ascribes absolutely no value to human life and seeks to destroy it. The individual who can take the life of the unborn displays horrific inhumaneness. He is not a medical professional; he is a professional murderer.
If we would take heed to Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence, abortion would not exist in our nation. He wrote that, “...all men...are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...among these are [is] Life...” The right to life is intrinsically connected to every person. It belongs to them by nature, given by the One who created them in the beginning.
But we didn’t listen. Since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade passed, 57,140,000 American children have lost their lives to abortion. These young ones were not blobs of tissue, they were real people, just like Cameron and Kristin. With their entire lives ahead of them, they were exterminated. Life must be valued beginning to end. There is not one stage in human development where they are worth less… From conception in a mother’s womb to the last breath taken, life is beautiful and worthy of untold value.
I choose not to offer arguments debating the legalities of criminal acts performed against the next generation. To do so is futile. Instead, let us work together to get the truth out. People must be educated on what life really is: A divine right given to every person on this planet by their Creator. And we must work fast for an entire generation is perishing before our eyes. Wake up and get the truth out, America! Time will not wait for us.