Recently there have been a lot of people in the media, in our churches, and people I talk with on campus who tell me that if I was really pro-life that I would be voting for Joe Biden because he promotes a “consistent life ethic”. I have been continually baffled when people bring this up with me because of just how ridiculous it is. They say that things like poverty, lack of healthcare, racism, and climate change – just to name a few – destroy people as well and thus violate the sanctity of human life.
What is happening here is that people are twisting what it means to be “pro-life”, previously when someone would ask if you were pro-life you knew they were talking about abortion – now they want it to mean the quality of life for those outside of the womb. These are issues that are important and may need to be addressed, but they in no way should take priority over the 2,300 human lives that are legally slaughtered each day in America. Just because someone opposes the intentional killing of preborn humans does not make them responsible for all the other societal problems.
I often like to compare this with other moral injustices. When you speak out against sex trafficking, no one says “If you were really against sex trafficking you would be opening up your home and housing all of these women who have been brought out of the industry.” That would be a great thing for someone to do, but just because they are not doing that does not mean they cannot speak out against sex trafficking. Unfortunately, we live in a world of infinite evils and limited resources.
We must not confuse intrinsic evils with contingent evils. Intrinsic evils are things like rape or murder, and they must always be opposed. Contingent evils are issues like war which may be wrong depending on the context. Abortion is not just another issue; it is an intrinsic evil and the morally defining issue of our day.
This year has been a challenging year for everyone with COVID-19 and heightened political tensions, but I am thankful that regardless of the uncertainty in the world around us, Christ is King. None of this is a surprise to Him, He is unchanging, and He is faithful to His children. This week I read 1 John 4:4 and it was a comforting reminder of who is King, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” Thank you for standing with me on behalf of these children created in the image of our Creator.
P.S. Our nation especially needs our prayers over these next few weeks, would you join me in praying for our church leaders, elected officials, those who will be elected to office, and those we interact with every day?