One of my core beliefs is that life is a gift from God. Out of this belief flows my pro-life conviction. Not only am I opposed to abortion, but I am also opposed to war. Since life is a gift from God then we need to stand up for life, even the life of our so-called enemies.
Though I am pro-life I am not active in the pro-life movement. This is partly due to the fact that so many pro-life people are also blinded by patriotism that they do not question the wars the United States starts. I don’t think you can authentically talk about protecting life when you overlook the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children in the name of national defense.
I think Don Miller summarizes the other reasons why I am hesitant of being connected to the pro-life movement.
I am pro-life. I believe abortion is a painful and dark reality in the world.
But I’m often reluctant to associate with the pro-life movement. And I don’t think I’m alone.
I remember, years ago, when I was in high school, sitting at a picnic table at a park near my home reading Martin Luther King’s Letters From a Birmingham Jail and being moved by the love Dr. King had for his oppressors. He was willing to cause tension, for sure, but he was also willing to die as a martyr. He was willing to die for those who he saw as lost in darkness.
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