I know few, if any, people who are truly pro-life. And it makes me really upset, especially since most of my friends are devout Christians.
What I mean is that I am rarely, if ever, among friends who are: pro-life/anti-abortion, pro-adoption, anti-capital punishment, pro-peace/anti-war, anti-hunger, anti-obesity, pro-finishing all the food on your plate, etc.
I know people who claim to believe in all these things, including myself, but very few people actually do, including myself. I know Christians who would turn hot and red if you spoke proudly of the war in Iraq, but would words of mercy and tolerance if you had an abortion. And I know Christians who would become equally disturbed if you had an abortion, but only mildly affected by your passion to see Scott Peterson get the needle.
What is with us? What is with me? It is easier to take on the categories of the world and define ourselves and our convictions accordingly rather than to re-imagine our entire ethical vision for the world–a vision that comes from the Almighty himself.
Of course, even the things that I brought up are coined in the lingo of the world–pro-this, anti-that. I am just as guilty. The matters at hand are not easily tamed by euphemistic titles. Maybe we need to toss all those categories out the window and start all over (or pick up where godlier and more biblically-minded Christians have already started).
I believe that Scripture is pro-life, even when it demands death. Otherwise, there would be no resurrection, no new creation, no justice. But it is up to us–the Church–to live by the Spirit, think by the Scriptures, and present a pro-life vision and ethic to the world (and one another). How’s that for evangelism?
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2