The following letter by Rev. Jim Harden was originally published in
The Christian Post on August 23, 2022, educating the community on the equal value of all human life.
Why are Christians so passionately pro-life?
God has revealed that all humans are made in His image, giving each of us inherent dignity that must be mutually respected with protection. For Christians, the depth of the value of humanity is further underscored by being personal recipients of God’s incomprehensible self-sacrifice for us through Jesus’ death on the cross.
So, how do the truths revealed in God’s word about man’s intrinsic dignity and worth translate into protecting preborn boys and girls from abortion? The Bible is replete with passages like Isaiah 1:16-17, showing God’s desire to protect the oppressed, insisting that His desires ought to be reflected in His people’s behavior. Interestingly, the only time in all of recorded Scripture where Jesus was angry with all 12 disciples was in Luke 18:15-17. He caught them rebuking parents for bringing their infants to be blessed. Jesus, livid, stops what He was doing to publicly rebuke His disciples, saying, “Permit the children to come to me.” Why? “…for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Jesus, typically extremely patient, demonstrates anger because, apparently, the disciples should have known better. So, what is it about babies and their citizenship in Heaven that the disciples missed?
A baby has no resources or power of his own, having no legal standing or voice with which to protect himself. Unless someone takes responsibility for that baby, he will die of exposure within hours or days. So too, a sinner before a holy God has no legal standing, no resources or rights, or voice within the holy courtroom of God. It was as if Jesus was saying to the disciples, “That baby is you!”
Since God’s perfect justice requires payment for all sin, and we do not have infinite resources, unless someone picks up our cause, we too will die of exposure to our sin. The whole purpose of Jesus’ ministry is to pick up our cause. Jesus’ mission was to merge perfect justice with perfect mercy through the cross.
One might say, “Ok, I get that. But how does this apply to preborn boys and girls? Wasn’t Jesus speaking about babies already born?”
Scripture’s clarity about loving one’s neighbor is uncontested. James 2:8-9 clarifies the definition of love by describing its opposite, not as hate, but as partiality. Since God loves us as Himself, we who are made in His image are designed to do the same toward others. Partiality violates this royal law since it is one person playing God, deciding who qualifies for their favor and who does not.
A lawyer once asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked him to provide the answer himself since he was the lawyer. So, he responded correctly with love the Lord and your neighbor as yourself. After Jesus congratulated him, the lawyer “wishing to justify himself” and his failure to love certain neighbors, queries again, “And who is my neighbor?” This question is the evil seed sprouting the tree of injustice. An eerily similar question was asked and answered by nine lawyers in 1973, asking if a preborn baby is a person. Their answer? “The word ‘person’ does not apply to the unborn” (Roe v Wade). But what response did Jesus give this lawyer? He responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Christians implicitly understand that as sinners, we were the weak and vulnerable who, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, were saved from being beaten and left for dead by our sin and the sins of others on the dangerous Jericho Road of culture. Sin is violence, ultimately destroying everyone. The cross is the violence to end all violence. The cross is where Jesus demonstrates the priceless value of a person. The cross is where Jesus becomes our Good Samaritan. The cross is where perfect justice meets perfect mercy. And the mercy of the cross is open to all. The cross is the epicenter of the universe, reversing the effects of sin and death through the hope of the resurrection. The cross frees us from sin and the fear of death, empowering us to “Go and do the same,” giving life back to our fellow travelers.
As Christians, Jesus says to us in Luke 9:23, “Take up [your] cross daily and follow me.” What can this mean but to love our Lord Jesus by sacrificing our life resources to protect the lives of others, even strangers, even abortion-vulnerable women, even preborn boys and girls whose lives are at risk of being aborted? So it is that Christians can identify with the plight of the preborn, viewing abortion as the greatest systemic injustice in human history. So it is that Christians are empowered with such deep-seated passion and are on a mission, commissioned by their Lord, the God of the universe, to speak the truth about what it means to be human under God. Christ gave us life and hope amidst fear, doubt, and death. We now can go and do likewise. We do this not because we are trying to acquire eternal life, but because we have been given it.
First Life Saved Through Telehealth
When Naomi’s boyfriend abandoned her, thoughts of abortion loomed large in her mind. When looking for information online, Naomi found CompassCare. Because of her busy schedule and feeling her mind made up regarding abortion, she wasn’t sure she could spare the time for an in-person appointment at CompassCare. However, when her scheduler offered an opportunity to interact with a nurse via CompassCare’s new telehealth service, she eagerly scheduled an appointment. Read more.
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