Written By Corine Gatti-Santillo

Subtle. Everything despised about secular society was becoming a norm. Clothing, words and
actions were not Christ-like. The television shows that once were off-limits — are part of the
evening schedule. Being sucked into the vortex of the mainstream culture and media was easy
when our shields are lowered.

The 2016 election made the situation more detrimental, pinning Christians against each other.

Mainstream society beamed at the infighting.

When the election subsequently concluded, the bombardment of resentment and enmity against
President Donald J. Trump rose to a feverish pitch. The mainstream media was nearly winning
the war in my head that the wrong man was in office. Maybe they were accurate about the new
Commander-in-Chief, although he stood against abortion and supported Christianity more than
any other president before him.

Some Christians concluded that they should’ve voted for Hillary Clinton, regardless of her
support for abortion and big government. Those that did back the Trump campaign were hesitant
to even place an election campaign sign up in their yards, fearing vandalism. Christians like me
at were increasing compromising to fit into culture by going with the flow, remaining quiet out
of fear.

This fear of speaking up against the diatribes in the mainstream media and Hollywood started
after inauguration. Voicing an opinion against the mainstream vilifies a person just as we
witnessed during the last election cycle and does today.

For instance, I am for women rights and equal rights, but society is dictating I can’t be against
late-term abortion. I believe in border security. That must mean that I despise people, or I must
be a bigot. I can’t pray in public because it will irritate someone. But a non-Christian can perform
rituals, making it fine. How about the drag queen reading books to toddlers in a library? If I
brought a Bible into a library, it’s alarming.

But we must fight the good fight of faith.

Equality is for everyone, including Christians, pro-life.

Not so, say elected officials who criticize the motivations of religious pro-life supporters.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York compared them to
racists because pro-lifers would deny women access to affordable reproductive health care. “I
think there are some issues that have such moral clarity that we have, as a society, decided that
the other side is not acceptable, Gillibrand said in an interview with The Des Moines Register.
“Imagine saying it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic.”

Reading this can make you angry or fuel a passion to advance God’s Kingdom on earth. How do
we combat the darkness? By speaking light – God’s truth. We vote, we support pro-life
movements and we lock arms in Christ.

Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this year: “The same people who want to take away
your inalienable rights routinely denigrate the faith of millions of Americans and advocate late-term abortion and even infanticide. I’ll make you promise under this president and this administration we will stand without apology for the sanctity of human life.”

It’s easier to hide in our houses and keep our heads down. As I mentioned in the beginning, it’s
easy to become sucked into mainstream culture and the media lies. What separates us is standing
for truth and not hiding our heads in the sand. As Pence said we should stand up unapologetically
against abortion and for our inalienable rights as believers in Christ.

Mainstream culture despised Jesus, even when He was doing good for the people. The same
holds today. Whether it’s politics, work or standing against late-term abortion — our voices need
to be heard.

Are we perfect? Not at all. We are pressing “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of
God in Christ Jesus.”

I’m excited to run the race for Christ. Are you?