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What Does It Mean To Be Pro-Life?
Being Pro-Life encompasses an all-inclusive world view. It is, in essence, a perspective of redemption. When we realize that the whole human race was plunged into sin and death at the disobedience of our first father Adam--it is not hard to understand how the life-giving salvation of the last Adam (Christ) was necessary to restore us to our sanity and to our place as viceroys under God's rule.
A Pro-Life person does not necessarily assert that all death is wrongful, (though many do--especially among our Roman Catholic brethren). Some death is rightful--as in the case of those who commit capital crimes, as defined by the word of God. But all Pro-Life people, by definition, oppose wrongful death, viz. the taking of innocent human life. The most graphic and prolific practice of the taking of innocent human life is seen in the contemporary holocaust of abortion.
The Pro-Life perspective flows out from the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who Himself said these words, from Jn. 6:35: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." ALL life originates in God, through His Son Jesus Christ.
From our Savior, this message cascades out from us to virtually everything we say and do. Our words are to be life-giving; our actions are to be life-enhancing. Even our worship of God is to be done "in Spirit and truth," (Jn. 4:24)--and this can only be done when the Life-giving power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is coursing through our spiritual veins.
Being Pro-Life also means that we are adamantly faith-filled and hopeful. Just as Christ is stronger than the devil, the truth is stronger than error, right is stronger than wrong--so life is stronger than death. We KNOW that the truth of Christ's life WILL prevail--not only in the next life--but in this one as well.
Is it easy to be Pro-Life? The answer is both Yes and No. It is "easy" to be Pro-Life when we are walking in the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ--because then the fullness of His Spirit causes us to live a supernatural existence--one that is unexplainable in human terms. (But, from a human perspective--outside of Christ--this is actually impossible.) The answer is No when we see temporary setbacks, and the apparent triumph of evil all around us.
To be Pro-Life is to be Pro-Christ. It is to be Pro-Truth. It is to be Pro-Joy. It is to be Pro-Grace. Let all of us who affix to our hearts the label "Pro-Life" be faithfully sustained by the life-giving root--our Lord Jesus Christ!
Mark Henninger, President of the CIRTL Board Of Directors
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