The Way I See It

We call ourselves pro-life. But are we really?

We say that life is precious. But do we believe it?

We advocate and debate and share heartbreaking photos of the unborn on social media.

We get angry about the murders of innocent children for reasons of inconvenience.

And as followers of Christ, we should do all of those things!

But what about after that baby is born? Do we still care? Is that life still precious?

Or is it now inconvenient–to us.

Does our tone now change? We pleaded with that mother to save her child’s life–no matter the cost. But now that that child is born–do we scream at politicians about how much it is costing us?

Now that that same mother is on food stamps, do we still see her child as a precious life worth saving? Do we see her as a life worth saving? Or do we only see our tax dollars going down the drain to feed them.

Is it only precious if it is unborn?

Is it only worth saving if it costs us nothing?

Is that pro-life? Or is that pro-life on our own terms.

We send out missionaries to third-world countries. We sponsor orphans for Christmas. We sing “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight…”

But what about when those children come here? What about when they are shipped illegally across our borders? Are those children only precious if they stay on their side of the world? Are they only precious if they don’t touch us? Are they only worth saving if they are legal? Are their parents only worth saving if they are legal?

Is that pro-life? Or is that pro-life on our own terms.

The way I see it, “pro-life” as seen through dollar-sign colored glasses isn’t “pro-life” at all. In fact, it looks a lot like pro-choice.

We get angry at the pro-choice argument, which horrifically disregards inconvenient life. But if we ourselves disregard life after it is already born because it is inconvenient to us, then aren’t we also guilty of the same thing?

None of us deserve to live. We are all born sinners, worthy of death. But each and every one of us was also created in the image of God, designed for the sole purpose of bringing glory to Him. He isn’t willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Which means that if we, as Christians, are really pro-life, then we must believe that every. life. is. worth. saving. Why? For His glory.

Every unborn life. Every born life.

Even if that life hurts us.

Even if that life drains our resources.

Even if that life takes our own.

Every life is a life. Every life is priceless. It is precious to Jesus Christ. And as such, it should be precious to me. I can’t pick and choose which lives are worth saving and which lives aren’t. That isn’t pro-life. In fact, it’s really no different than pro-choice.

We either value life or we don’t.

2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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