The issue of abortion is rightly a major issue in contemporary Christian ethics. The preservation of the unborn, and the concern for the long-term moral implications of disregarding them are significant. Evangelicalism has long opposed the issue of abortion and over the last few years we have seen some major victories that ought to be celebrated. The nation was rocked earlier last year by the Planned Parenthood videos, and many were awoken to the horrors of that industry. Polling data also rather consistently shows that more and more young people are willing to identify as Pro-Life, statistics which predated even the videos! And yet, we must not settle for what we have achieved. There is still along way to go. We need to continue that cause and hold up the importance and value of human dignity, all human dignity.
We need to continue to keep the pressure on the abortion industry. We need to continue to stand up for the rights of the unborn and be proactive in our fight against this wickedness. We must do so with grace and kindness, no doubt – violence will only beget more violence, as the saying goes. In whatever way we chose to engage in this fight we must engage. We must do so at the personal, political, and community levels. To become complacent now would be to lose any traction we have gained. To sit back now would be to win a skirmish only to lose the battle. This is an important issue and we must all, as Evangelicals, continue to press forward. Yet there is more to this issue than just standing with the unborn.
To be “pro-life” in more unofficial terms is to consider the broader implications of what this position means. Our nation, has been going through a massive racial divide in the last several years. It continues to get more and more tense, and often Evangelicals are either silent or we are aggravating the division. So, for example, on the Black Lives Matter slogan: often Evangelicals were dismissive, saying things like “All Lives Matters.” That is true, and we of all people know this, but to say that in light of the plight of our neighbors is sort of like telling people who suffer from depression that everyone gets sad. Of course everyone gets sad, but such news does not make the depressed person feel better and the uniqueness of the depressed person’s current experience means that we should listen to them, sympathize with them, and grieve with them. Likewise, it is true that “All lives matter,” but our African American neighbors weren’t implying anything different. Instead, what they were saying was that it doesn’t feel like the lives of young black men matter to this nation as a whole! They want to feel like their nation understands their pain, cares about their sorrows, and is willing to discuss racial injustices. Now, you may disagree with your neighbor’s assessment of things, and there’s room for healthy discussion, but the church should not simply be dismissive of another’s pain and grief. We need to listen. The cause of life calls us to at least listen.