have just finished a month in which the pro-life movement focuses on
the issue of life. I personally support the issue, yet have found myself
at odds with many of those who agree with me on the issue.
It’s not because I disagree with them; it’s because they are so disagreeable.
example, when someone who is pro-life goes around calling pro-choice
people “murderers” because they disagree, it’s not helping show how much
prolife people care about children. Likewise, words like “liberals,”
“socialists,” “devils,” “killers,” and words I cannot write here show
instead how we often do not really love our neighbor as ourselves.
I for one am completely convinced a person can be both pro-life and pro-love.
Because Jesus was. Okay, so technically he never spoke directly about
abortion, but he highly valued the lives of children, women, and all
people, including those considered sinners and outcasts by others. In
fact, we are told he gave his life for us all (which would also include
those in the womb).
Further, Jesus taught his disciples that the
world would know we are his followers by the love we have for one
another. John elsewhere even says if we cannot love those we can see,
how can we love a God we cannot see?
The overwhelming emphasis of
the New Testament is that Jesus taught life was sacred and worth dying
for. He also taught that all people are worth dignity and respect
regardless of their beliefs.
So I’m pro-life and pro-love. Hoping
to start a club or at least a Facebook page of others who are like
minded. If you want to help lead this thing, message me on Facebook and you’re in charge.
Let’s love God, love pro-choice people, love pro-life people, and love the unborn–just like Jesus does.
[This originally posted Friday but is here for those who missed it.]
BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at DillonBurroughs.org.