Being Pro-Life and Christlike-Hunter Weekly

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Thump… thump… thump… As the tiny heart of God incarnate beat in perfect rhythm, the salvation of the human race was sealed. When God sent His Son as a feeble baby, He affirmed that He both cherishes life, transcending it far above any other human right or value, and recognizes life as not only a conservative agenda, but a vital Christian duty. As we consider life, we must understand that our citizenship is found first in Christ, and not our fleeting world, and therefore, the fight for life is not a suggestion, but a God-given responsibility.

Though a common term, life is not biblically understood by many Christians. The Bible makes it clear that life is the gift given by God to glorify His nature, the culmination of which is an eternity praising God. And not only this, but the Bible says that Christ is identified as “The Life” and the Creator of such (John 14:6, Colossians 1:14). Jesus says that a fulfilled life is sacrificial, as Christians must take their cross daily and die to themselves (Luke 9:23). In this death, God calls us to leave life in the world’s standards and joyfully partake in Christ’s work. Truly, a fulfilled life can only be found in humbly giving all that we have for Christ. But, most importantly, Jesus’s mission was to spread the most important type of life: everlasting life, when those who are born again will live forever with God Himself (“Life in the KJV Bible”).

But, if Jesus cares so much about life, how did He show that He upholds it? First, Jesus cared deeply about physical ailments. In fact, Jesus cured over eighteen specific individuals from sickness, disease, and even death; Jesus’s touch of healing was likely spread to thousands of people (“Miracles of Jesus Christ – Full List with Bible Verses”). Jesus not only cares deeply about physical life; He also cares deeply about the greater issue: to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). As Christians follow Jesus, they first must understand that being Christlike and pro-life means supporting life both physically and spiritually.

Secondly, as Christians begin to understand the fight for life biblically, they must oppose so-called “pro-choice” rights. Christians must first oppose the terrible act of abortion, which is fundamentally wrong. Statistics say that children born out of wedlock have the highest rates of abortion. As a child born out of wedlock myself, these statistics are shocking and eye-opening. For instance, roughly 121 million unintended pregnancies occurred each year between 2015 and 2019, and of these, 61% were recorded to be aborted (“Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Worldwide”). The Bible does not say that any child is an inconvenience. In fact, the Bible says that “children are a heritage from the Lord…” (Proverbs 127:3) (“Biblical Teachings on the Value of Life”). I am living proof that one life among millions of illegitimate pregnancies can make a difference.

But Christians are not doing as well at being active pro-lifers as people may think. According to Pew Research Center, one third of Evangelical Protestant Christians believe abortion should be legal (“Views about abortion – Religion in America: U.S. Religious Data, Demographics and Statistics”). Also, according to another recent study, 70% of women who have had an abortion claim that they are so-called Christian women (Earls). These shocking statistics should not be the case, as God clearly expresses that life starts at conception (Jeremiah 1:5), and that life should not be taken away from anyone (Exodus 20:13). With more than one abortion occurring each minute (“CDCs Abortion Surveillance System FAQs”), Christians must believe that the value of life cannot be compromised for anything; and, as Proverbs 31:8 says, in whatever stage of life a human is, Christians have an active calling to “speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves” (“Biblical Teachings on the Value of Life”).

Next, Christians must also oppose a seldom-discussed topic in Christian circles: euthanasia. Euthanasia, also called doctor-assisted suicide, is a doctor prescribing medication to help end a patient’s life with the patient’s consent. This so-called “mercy” is detrimental to how believers biblically exemplify the values of God. Take for instance the death of Saul, king of Israel. When Saul was mortally wounded, he ended up killing himself because one of his servants would not do it for him. Later, someone claims to have heroically run Saul through with a sword to end his life, and David executes this man because of the ruthless act that he supposedly committed. As God’s values were directly proportional to “the man after God’s own heart,” the incident proves that God does not support such an act as “mercy killing” for any excuse (I Samuel 31-II Samuel 1) (“What Does the Bible Say About Euthanasia (Mercy Killing)?”). Through the effects of this story, we see that the dangers of euthanasia have deathly consequences and ultimately devalue human life. As euthanasia is a growing form of “choice” in American society, Christians must properly understand the dangers of euthanasia in order to be Christlike in their pro-life actions.

In a world filled with perverted views of life, being pro-life and Christlike is a heavier undertaking than ever. We as Christans must fight to allow our voices and lifestyles to shine in the dark world that we live in. Understanding and supporting life is a duty. If we do not treat it as such, we will exemplify our amazing God as one who turns his head at the sight of death, and ignores the intentional killing of people of all ages. Most importantly, for the Christian, life is filled with a depth that cannot be understood by any other mortal. We must remember that in our heartbeats ring the life of the Son of God, telling the story of Jesus who came to sacrifice Himself for us. Ultimately, being pro-life and Christlike is not an inconsequential opinion. It is an urgent responsibility.

Submitted by Hunter Weekly