Did I get your attention? I have been doing some thinking, especially after talking with my Sister-in-Law the other day. She and some friends were asked to leave the Right to Life March in Washington because they weren’t Christian. Being pro-life doesn’t equal Christian, being a Christian doesn’t automatically make one pro-life.
My SIL is pagan (Wiccan), and while we don’t agree on matters of faith, we do agree that life is precious and must be protected. She and I have sat together doing the RTL booth at the county fair – what an odd pair we must make. She has always been staunchly pro-life, I didn’t become pro-life until after my husband and I lost our first baby in 2001. Yes, I used to be pro-choice, I also used to be a feminist – please don’t hold that against me – we all make mistakes.
Why do I feel the need to write this? I feel like regardless of one’s faith, we are united in a cause to save innocent lives – and protect the women who seek abortions as well. Do we care only if you are the right religion before we can say you are truly pro-life? No. There are Christians who are pro-choice (pro-aborton). For example, Episcopal Church (USA), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ are either very much in favor of a woman’s ‘right’ to choose or are eerily silent on the matter. This is coming from the National level of the ruling/governing body of said church and may not hold true for the local bodies but keeping in mind that even the local bodies will at some time have to answer to the higher ups. Shocking? Yes! Churches okaying murder of innocents? We have to examine the local church to make sure they are in accordance with Biblical commands and specifically the one that says "thou shall not murder" comes strongly into play here.
We are striving for the same goal, to end an American atrocity. We need to come together and fight for the same cause. Being pro-life isn’t about being a Christian, it is about ending murder on the very least of these. This is why those who are in the pro-choice movement can use the argument that pro-lifers are religious fanatics and such, it’s because they see Christians on this side and all others on the other side. If we want to be taken seriously then we all need to band together for the same cause. I am not saying we have to agree with a person’s belief system, but we do need to realize that a bigger impact will be made once others realize being pro-life is not just a Christian idea – it is for all of us, Christian, Wicca, Hindu, anyone of any faith or lack thereof – to come together and end murder.
Jesus ate with prostitutes, tax collectors, the least of them and He dined with them, talked with them and LOVED them. Would He turn away from standing beside others of different beliefs simply because they didn’t follow Him? I would have doubt, He would show them love and in effect by showing them love turn their hearts toward Him. I don’t want you to think I presume to know what our Lord thinks, far be it, I fall short of His grace everyday. From reading His story though I can see how He loved without conditions and loved genuinely.
So if you are ever at my local county fair and you see a dresses-only long haired woman with a dark, short haired-goth chic make sure to say hi!