Should Christians be Involved in the Pro-life Movement?
A lot of people hear the word pro-life and think politics or conflict or graphic images. These are things we don’t usually like. They are uncomfortable. But that is not what pro-life means. We need to stop shrinking away from the word pro-life like it’s a bad word and start understanding it for what it really is. Pro-life is not just a stand against something, or a political position, it’s a stand for something. The reality is, abortion kills tiny human beings, it hurts and neglects women, and grieves the heart of God.
So what does pro-life really mean?
Being pro-life means that while you are against the killing tiny defenseless people, you are for the care of women, you believe in their capacity to be loving mothers as well as accomplished career women, you care about their health and happiness, you care about helping them work through difficult circumstance, you care about the lives of unborn humans, you care about dads being responsible and loving fathers, you believe that life is God-breathed from the moment of conception.
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As Christians, we need to stop being afraid to take a stand on this issue either as individuals or the Church and start looking at what scripture has to say about it. The Bible is clear that God forms us and knows us in the womb: Genesis 1:27; Exodus 1:16–22; 21:22–25; Job 10:11–12; 31:15; Psalm 22:9–10; 127:3–5; 139:13–16; Isaiah 45:9–11; 49:15; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41–44; Galatians 1:15. Perhaps one of the more under referenced passages in that list is Isaiah 45: 9-11. I had never noticed that passage before but it is quite possibly the most direct address of abortion in the Bible. God says through the prophet Isaiah,
There’s no question that a woman is pregnant with a human being. We know this according to scripture and according to science; we have ultrasounds and DNA that confirm it.
Furthermore, the Bible instructs us,
From the example of Jesus, we know that we can share the truth, and defend life with grace and compassion. Christ often shocked people by going against popular cultural thought, but he did so with love and understanding. He offered a different way of thinking, a third alternative. In the pro-life movement we have an opportunity to do the same.
The Third Alternative
The third alternative is not to pit mother against child and make people choose which one should survive and thrive but to love and support them both. The church is the ideal place to provide women with a community of love and support, that is willing to find a positive way forward for mother and child.
Church Growth Program
At Halton Alive, we provide education, resources and tools to do just that. Our Church Growth Program walks alongside church leadership and congregants through a four-step transformational process:
Understand the theological foundation for our attitude and response to unplanned pregnancy
Build a grace-based perspective by assessing how we think and talk about abortion and unplanned pregnancy
Create a plan to provide clarity on the church’s philosophical and practical response
Integrate loving action so that existing or new church programs are spaces to love and support women in unplanned pregnancies.
Halton Alive has several programs and events you can engage in to learn more about this topic as an individual, family, church or other group. I encourage you to learn more and engage in at least one area. Now is the time.