Walking into the airport. Approaching the first security checkpoint.
Officer: Final Destination.
Officer: Purpose of your trip.
Me: Evangelicals for Life meeting.
Officer: Keep up the good work. (fist bump)
All of us who care about the sacredness of life from conception to natural death need to keep up the good work. We have shown over the past 43 years that the Supreme Court does not determine right and wrong even though it may determine what is constitutional and unconstitutional.
Quite simply, it is wrong to take another life simply because it is inconvenient to someone for the life to continue. We can, of course, argue over when life begins. There are good Christian people who disagree.
As for me, I go back to the intuitive. Almost everyone I know values a fetus as the makings of a unique, special human person. Expecting parents do not talk about a fetus; they talk about their baby. It is a child, and it is theirs for the caring.
The Supreme Court establishes the law of the land, but this highest court has proven through the decades to be terribly wrong at times in regard to right and wrong. One need merely mention the names Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson to be reminded of such error. My hope is that someday Roe v Wade will be overturned (and that Citizens United will go with it; corporations are not people).
But Roe v Wade still holds sway. We must function in this legal environment, seeking to bring as much sanity as possible to the varied laws surrounding the abortion issue.
Those of us who oppose abortion on moral grounds must never be guilty of not valuing all life, including that of vulnerable women, low-income children, at-risk teens, the homeless, the jobless, and the aging. Those of us who do not fit into those categories have a Christian responsibility to value the sacredness of each life and to help one another become all that God purposes for each life.
I want to be clearly known as Pro Life, and that means in regard to human life in the broadest sense. Beyond that, I value non-human life, not the same as humans created in the image of God, but as creations of that God.
Jesus commanded us to love God with all of our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And neighbor refers to all people in need. We, in fact, need God and each other.
(This post originally appeared on the Texas Baptists web site.)