Honestly and personally, I believe that one has to be pro-life to be a committed and obedient Christian.
Why? Well, because, duh.
I mean, is it really necessary to go into deep biblical study over this issue? Is it necessary to quote Exodus 21:22-23, or Psalm 139:13-15, or Matthew 18:10, or Jeremiah 1:5? Is there even really anything to argue about? I think the big “argument” about whether you can be a Christian and be pro-choice is absurd. I think deep down, every Christian who knows the truth of abortion and the 10 Commandments knows the answer to this.
Let me put it this way…Can any of us really imagine Jesus Christ holding a woman’s hand and encouraging her to have an abortion?
I recently did some research and was astounded to discover there were denominations of Christianity that were not explicitly pro-life and even more shocked when I learned some were explicitly pro-choice.
According to large denominations of Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Quakers, and more, abortion is not incompatible with Christianity, which is the same as saying abortion is not incompatible with Christ.
Do you honestly believe that? Do you believe that pro-choice Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, etc all actually believe that?
I don’t and personally, I don’t buy it for a second. I don’t think for the slightest moment that if Jesus Christ appeared before a congregation of “pro-choice Christians” and asked them their opinion on abortion, they would look Jesus in the eye and say abortion is okay. I also don’t believe a “pro-choice Christian” would stand in a clinic with Jesus Christ and watch a woman have an abortion.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they have really convinced themselves that abortion is kindness to women, and somehow not cruelty to the child and the killing of an innocent, dependent human being.
Jesus wanted Christians to be kind. No one argues with that. But kind to whom, exactly? And what does “kind” mean? Just going around being “nice” to everyone is lovely if you’re a Tibetan monk, or a spaced-out hippie, but if you’re the slightest bit aware, and if you have any concept of justice, you must admit that “kindness to the wicked is cruelty to the righteous.” We have to get over this idea that encouraging terrible behavior is ever kind.
So, if we apply this truth – “Kindness to the wicked is cruelty to the righteous” – to abortion, who is the wicked, the mother or the child? The mother, obviously. Now before you all freak out and talk about how much of a jerk Zach is, realize I don’t mean that she’s utterly sinful and repulsive, but it is never the innocent child’s fault. Also, if we choose to do “kindness” to her instead of the child, someone will die. If we choose to do kindness to the child, no one will die.
Then there is this: choosing to do “kindness” to the mother by encouraging or allowing her to abort her child is not kindness. It is telling her that doing something despicable and wrong is okay and will help her. That is a lie, and kids…lying is wrong.
Some find it amusing to pretend Jesus was a misty-eyed hippie. Except He wasn’t. The culture we live in tells us Jesus was okay with, for example, adultery, because He saved a woman from being stoned to death for committing it. They leave out the part where He told her to “sin no more,” because nowadays the only sin is believing in sin. Our culture too often confuses mercy with leniency. They are not the same thing.
I have no doubt that Jesus was kind, but I don’t think he was nice – not in the way we mean it today. He told us to love everyone. Loving everyone does not mean smiling and shrugging at everyone’s sin. I don’t expect mine to be smiled and shrugged at. If I wanted that, I would be a Unitarian Universalist. Telling people that it’s okay to kill their babies is not loving. It’s not true. It’s not righteous. It’s not Christian.
Saying publicly that abortion is not Christian is judgmental and mean, or so I have been told repeatedly. Well, I’m judgmental and mean, I guess.
Look, I know I am a sinner. I sin all the time. I’m horrible and lowly. I fail constantly. But I am a Christian, and I rely on the mercy of Christ to save me.
What I don’t do is pretend my sins are not sins. I have done it before – we all have, probably – and I had to repent. You can’t go around indignantly declaring that grave, life-destroying sins are fine with Jesus because it makes you more modern and hip and “with it,” or because it sounds “nice.”
I could be really super-wrong about this, I guess. I could stand before God on Judgment Day and He could be all, “You were gravely mistaken, my child. I love abortion.” But somehow I doubt it.
If I were a pro-choice Christian, I would pray a lot: to know if I was wrong; to be led to the truth, no matter how inconvenient; and to sin no more.
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