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Are You Really Pro-Life?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent killings of criminals by the police. I’m sure you have too.  You may even have a well-crafted opinion about them like, “The kid in Ferguson was a thug and deserved what he got.  The man in New York City should not have resisted arrest and shouldn’t have been so unhealthy in the first place.”  These are common opinions I’ve heard from many – including some of my Christian brothers and sisters.

Now…I don’t want to get into a debate about whether or not the police were justified in using the kind of force they did.  I don’t want to argue about whether or not those they killed deserved it or not.  I want to speak to my Christian brothers and sisters who claim to be pro-life.

At the most basic of levels, to be pro-life is to oppose abortion and euthanasia.  A person who is pro-life fights to protect the lives of the unborn and the elderly.  It’s a position that claims the “sanctity of human life” as one of its main tenants.  Christians who hold this position quote Bible verses like Psalm 139:13-14 to support their pro-life stance. And rightfully so.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 

However, to REALLY be pro-life means that we value not just life at the beginning and end, but life in-between too.  It means that we value all human lives – including those who have made a mess of theirs.  Being pro-life means that we do not celebrate the taking of one human life by another human.  Being pro-life means we fight for and seek to preserve life from conception forward.

Some may call my position “liberal” – and it is.  As a Christian, I believe that the One we follow calls us to be liberal with our views on and protection of those who live.  Actually, it’s not as much a liberal position as it is a “biblical” position.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:38-44:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth’ but I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Words like these from Jesus, coupled with the fact that God is the creator, giver, and sustainer of all life ought to heavily inform the way in which those of us who follow Him view the issue of life.

While on earth, Jesus claimed to be “the life,” called His followers to love everyone (including their enemies), to live lives of peace, and He even wept over the death of His friends.  And then ultimately, Jesus allowed Himself  to be murdered in order to once-and-for-all defeat death and give life to all mankind.

Therefore, no one who claims to be pro-life should ever celebrate the killing of one man by another – regardless of the scenario.

I do believe that God has established the ruling authorities as the Apostle Paul says in Romans 13.  I’m thankful for our laws that are some of the most just and fair laws in the world, and I’m thankful for our rulers – including the police, who we hire to enforce our laws.  I believe they have one of the most difficult jobs in our society.  When they kill someone in the line of duty – whether we think it’s justified or not – as pro-life Christians, we should mourn.

So, in order to be consistent with what I say I believe, I’m choosing to mourn the deaths of those who have recently been killed by the police.  If you are pro-life, will you join me?

Amazing Change of Heart

abby_johnsonAbby Johnson quit her job. That simple act has become a national news story because Johnson, 29, was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who said she experienced a “change of heart” while participating in an abortion procedure.

Johnson has now joined a group called Coalition for Life, which prays outside the clinic where she worked.

“I had never seen an abortion happen on an ultrasound,” she said. “My job during the procedure was to hold the probe on the woman’s abdomen. I could see the whole profile of the baby 13 weeks head to foot. I could see the whole side profile. I could see the probe. I could see the baby try to move away from the probe.”

Johnson worked at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, for nine years, first as a volunteer and then as the director. Her duties included running the family planning and abortion programs. The clinic performed abortions two days a month.

Although she had seen ultrasounds before, including during her own pregnancy, Johnson said she had never seen an ultrasound image during an abortion. She is unclear why, as the director of the clinic, she was asked to be in the procedure room on that day, because it was not a normal part of her duties. Still, Johnson said, the experience changed her forever.

“I just thought, ‘What am I doing?'” she said. “And then I thought, ‘Never again.'”

Two weeks later, Johnson quit.  “I looked out the window and saw a couple of women praying and I thought, ‘That’s where I need to go,'” Johnson said.

She walked down the street and into the welcoming arms of the Coalition for Life.  Johnson’s defection will undoubtedly be seen as a public relations coup for the antiabortion movement, not unlike when “Jane Roe” herself announced that she had become a member of Operation Rescue — an anti-abortion rights group.

Excerpts from ABCNews.com.

Vengeance is Not Ours

grt05Yesterday was an incredibly sad day.  Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita church.  The 67-year-old doctor was murdered in the foyer at the beginning of the service.  He leaves behind his wife, four children and 10 grandchildren.

Dr. Tiller had been shot once before (in both arms) in 1993 and survived, but yesterday he was not as fortunate.  A 51-year-old suspect with a long history of anti-abortion activity has been taken into custody.

Regardless of  your position on abortion, this is a tragedy. Regardless of how vehemently you may oppose abortion, this is a tragedy. And even if you find yourself agreeing with Randall Terry, a veteran anti-abortion activist who called Dr. Tiller “a mass murderer and an evil man whose hands were covered with blood,” this is still a tragedy.

There will be many who will say of this killing that justice was served.  They’ll say that because he was a killer of babies that his murder was justified, but this is not true.  The Lord makes it clear in His Word that dishing out vengeance is His responsibility and not ours.  As members of God’s Kingdom, we do not have the right to decide how justice and vengeance should and will be doled out.  This responsibility belongs to the Lord alone.

Christians must use peaceful means to fight against terrible injustices like abortion…not violence.  And as we do, we’re called upon by the Lord to cry out to Him and wait for Him to move in the hearts of men and women.  Taking things into our own hands is never an option no matter how strongly we feel about an issue.

Operation Rescue is a nationally-known anti-abortion organization that fights tirelessly for the rights of the unborn.  After the murder of Dr. Tiller, its president released this statement: “Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning.”

As Christians – those who are citizens of God’s Kingdom where He is the ruler –  we must also denouce and condemn what happened yesterday.  Please pray for the family of Dr. Tiller, pray for those worshipping at His church who witnessed this heinous act, and pray for the anti-abortion movement in America that its efforts to protect the unborn will not be jaded or thwarted by this cowardly and sinful act.