It is not often that I am so bold about my political opinions on my blog, but after reading a few articles the last few days and a couple of different conversations I've decided to use my little platform here to discuss something. What is Pro-Life? In America we've tied this to a movement that is anti-abortion. I however would like to express the fact that Jesus was pro-life long before America was even conceived.
The thing about Jesus being pro-life was that it wasn't conditional. He wasn't just pro-life when considering babies. Do you realize that Jesus was a fan of sparing the sinner?
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)
Jesus was surrounded by a mob that was eager to administer justice to an adulterer. The law demanded that this adulteress be stoned to DEATH. Why did Jesus decide that she should be pardoned?
Jesus was pro-life long before we thought about being pro-life. Jesus wasn't pro-life on some issues and so so on others. Jesus was fully persuaded that a change needed to take place not from life to death, but from death to life.
I know I know, this is where some of my good friends are ready to jump on me politically and that's okay. Let's agree to disagree.
When I say that I am pro-life I mean that I am 100% pro-life, I am always for life. I am anti-abortion and anti-death penalty. (hold the stones)
Why? There are many people who are against capital punishment because of the costs (which I understand) however my views lie somewhere along these lines. Matt. 5:38-9 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Jesus did away with the law of retribution and rather instituted grace. I just want to look like my Jesus. I want to give every sinner every possible breathing second to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life. I don't want to have a hand in taking away just one more minute or one more breath that could mean a difference in eternity for them.
Likewise, I am anti-abortion. I won't go into all of the scientific facts about life at conception, I won't even show gruesome pictures, and I'll even stray away from addressing the Gosnell trial directly or how appalled and sickened I am by the things I've read and seen about that situation. The facts are I am always for LIFE.
When a precious little baby is conceived they are no less a person than I. This past week I was able to visit a precious little baby just a few hours after she was born, several times as I held her in my arms I began to think about how many of these little blessings have been aborted. There have been 53 million abortions in America since 1973. We're at a current rate of over 1 million every year. That's 53 million lives that will never have the chance to be a voice for God on this earth.
I know it's a subject that so many choose to ignore, or perhaps so many are to harsh on, or perhaps too lenient on. Jesus was fully grace and fully truth and the reality is that as against abortion as I am, I am also not for the condemnation of an uninformed or deceived mother. There is forgiveness and there is grace for their sin as much as God has shown mercy, forgiveness, and grace for mine.
What does it mean to be pro-life? It means that we seek to give life rather than to end it. We seek to lengthen life rather than shorten it. That is the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ to bring life and life to the full while here on earth and forevermore with our Father.
I am praying for Dr. Gosnell. I am praying that He comes to see the Truth, the Way, the Life.
Be Blessed, J. Tate
Cool little story.
In a mother's womb were two babies. One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?" The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. "Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?" "I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths." The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short." "I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here." the other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere." "Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us." "Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now? "She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world." "I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....