WASHINGTON – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) shared her testimony Monday night and urged attendees at a special dinner to "waste" their resources on the fight for preborn life.
Bachmann, the guest speaker for the March for Life's Rose Dinner, told diners at the Hyatt in Washington, D.C., that she has been a Christian since she was a teen.
"I came to know the Lord at 16 years of age. [I was] just a little bit older when I came to understand what it was to truly be a Christian, to be a believer," she shared.
As a young Christian, Bachmann said that she was always inspired by the biblical story of Mary and the alabaster box. She retold the story, recounting how Judas and the many in the room regarded the costly perfume she broke to pour on Jesus' head to be a waste.
Bachmann likened the disciples' dissent to Mary's actions to the dissidence among members of Congress who are fighting Republican efforts to overturn President Barack Obama's healthcare reform and Title X funding for abortion providers.
"Oh the peanut gallery," Bachmann exclaimed. "I know all about these people. They just love to tell you how to spend your money. In fact, the peanut gallery usually wants to spend your money for you."
However, she emphasized that Mary found Jesus to be worthy of that "waste." Bachmann encouraged dinner participants to be willing to waste their treasured financial resources, time and efforts to the worthy pro-life cause.
"When you told your neighbors you were coming here today to the March for Life, I'll bet some of them responded to you with the word 'waste,'" she asserted.
But many don't understand the importance of the movement, she noted.
"The world defines 'waste' very differently than Jesus does. We understand that the battle for life is not a side bar issue. This is it. It doesn't get any more important," she asserted.
Hours before the dinner, pro-lifers from across the country convened on the streets of Capitol Hill for the annual March for Life, protesting the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.
Bachmann thanked marchers for attending the march and dinner. "It's not inexpensive to come to Washington. It's not without sacrifice your time and your treasure, especially in the cold," she sympathized.
Urging them to keep giving and working for the cause, she said, "Don't think that sidewalk counseling, praying for someone, stroking out a check, being on your knees … don't ever think that it is a waste. You pour out, pour it out with the most liberal offering that you can give to the savior."
She also had a message for politicians. Bachmann encouraged them to be more like Jesus, who was not afraid to enter "a messy situation" such as the house of a leper to join with supporters.
"He went into a place that a lot of people consider messy. It was messy to go into a leper's home. In fact, it was a troubled location," Bachmann described.
The current climate in Congress, she accounted, encourages Congressmen to do things that are safe and will get them re-elected. However, Bachmann urged congressmen to break out of that culture and take on "messy," controversial issues that are morally right for the country.
Bachmann, a Congresswoman since 2006, has a "0" rating from National Abortion Rights Action League. She and her husband, Marcus, have five biological children and have cared for 23 foster children.
She is scheduled to give a response to the State of the Union address Wednesday on the Tea Party Express' website.