Are We Really Pro-Life? [Part 3]
- November 11, 2020
- Sage Blalock
Our country has a lot of problems. One of its biggest problems is, as my co-host John would say, is the Church not being the Church. I’ve run through a plethora of huge economic and social diseases corroding our nation. Admittedly there are dozens more issues I could write blogs about (and maybe I will). But, given the national conversation about Roe v Wade and our newest Supreme Court Justice, this seemed to me to be the most pressing issue to talk about during the run-up to the election and as Christians contemplate the prospects of a Biden administration.
No matter who our future presidents are and what changes they will or won’t make on abortion law, Christians have a duty to love our neighbors—no matter who they vote for. There are a lot of people out there—women, children, and men, alike—who are in desperate need of both the love of Christ and economic security. This is a place where Jesus’ call for us and the need of those around us overlaps perfectly.
Many, both in the U.S. and around the globe, have had their views of the Church tarnished because of its callous conduct with regards to the well-being of the poor and marginalized. The Church has all the resources, all the connections, and motivation we need to step into the darkness of our world and bring the light and love of Jesus to those who need it. This is our chance to begin repairing our global witness with the way we love women, children, and families at the fringes of society.
Maybe philanthropists or governments will never be able to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of those the world has largely left behind. But we—the Church of Jesus Christ, his hands and feet—can work together, and in some cases with the public and private sectors, to bring about fundamental change in how this world treats its most vulnerable.
The ultimate takeaway I hope you have from this series is the reminder to love as we have been loved, to be gentle even with those we disagree with. The world can tell something is different about Christians by the way we love our neighbors, Christian and non-Christian alike. So, even as we prepare to battle in the political arena over the next four year, let us do it without anger, without hatred, but with love and genuine care for the people we interact with.
If you won’t listen to me, hopefully you’ll hear out the Apostle John:
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4: 7-13)
I hope these blogs have helped you think differently about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going as a country on the topic of the sacredness of human life. I pray we take this opportunity to live out the gospel and love every bearer of God’s image, born and unborn alike.
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