The momentum is on our side now. We pro-lifers have written, marched, voted, and prayed for a moment like this. This is a moment when we can take advocacy beyond simple rhetoric and see it take the form of actual progress towards the goal of the end of abortion. David Daleiden‘s undercover exposure of Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby parts forced a renewal of attention upon the “medical procedure” which heinously dismembers babies, which, in another mother’s womb, could survive if labor came prematurely. We’ve shown pictures of dismembered babies, we’ve started clinics to help mom’s facing a pregnancy they weren’t prepared for, and we’ve cited scientific studies which show that life begins at conception, a heartbeat within a few days thereafter, and for all our advocacy we’ve been painted as backwards buffoons of a bygone era.
The science is our on side when it comes to this matter. It isn’t on the side of climate change, nor on the side of sexual orientation, nor on the side of trans-gender-bending. To those who advocate for the pro-choice stance, please let me appeal to you once more to set down your rhetorical guns and listen to our side for a moment.
Indeed, the world is a complex web of difficulties and sufferings. It can feel tangled, because it is. But what if we actually found a point of agreement here? You say that abortion is a woman’s right. But can we back up for a second? You claim to care deeply about women; in fact, we do too. It isn’t calloused of you to care about a woman and her body. Neither is it calloused of us to care about a baby and the baby’s body.It isn’t calloused of you to care about a woman and her body. Neither is it calloused of us to care about a baby and the baby’s body.
Here’s the rub, evangelical Christians have, for a while now, been attempting to state that pregnancy is something beautiful, glorious, and queenly. It is the love between a man and a woman made visible. Thus, our protesting the abortion of the unborn has to do with a broader premise that there is something majestic about erotic love. It has the magical capacity to produce another life. Our concern about abortion is even broader than simply mothers & babies. Our concern is that our disregard for the glory of human life has produced a society that doesn’t know how to hear the symphony that is the interweaving of the deep tones of manhood and the pealing strains of womanhood mingling to produce a new line of music.
Our concern is for all things good, true and beautiful. Are there gnarled messes of humanity to be sorted out? Yes. A teenage girl raped by her uncle and now carrying his child is a horrific situation. But does a discordance in that moment in the symphony mean that the entire song must end in silence? Does the new line of notes that is that new child have to be deleted from the sheet music in order for the performance end in a perfect resolution? Does the new line of notes that is that new child have to be deleted from the sheet music in order for the performance end in a perfect resolution? Might I assert that our view of the world and humankind has a greater luster to it than the individualistic mindset that often accompanies the pro-choice worldview?
Now, a word to pro-life Christians. We have made it here, through many twists and turns. Some setbacks by our own doing (like unhelpful zealots bombing abortion clinic). Some setbacks due to blood-thirsty and greedy political maneuvers. Let me remind you that victory is not simply the abolition of abortion. Our end goal is the glorification of Christ by obeying his command to disciple the nations. It is the establishment of a Christian society which teaches young men & women that their sexuality belongs in the context of a faithful marriage, and this means personal responsibility.
It also implies hard consequences for selfish decisions. The heat of passion may bring about a pregnancy. We believe that neither the mother nor father are then at liberty to walk away from the new strain they’ve created. We also believe that the Bible provides a framework that enables us to sort through the (uncommon) occurrences of pregnancies caused by rape, incest, etc. In essence, the victory we seek is the triumph of the Gospel, as we as a nation submit to Christ and His Word as the standard for life.
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