If Jesus were to write a letter to the Pro-Life movement, here’s what I’d hear him say:
“I applaud your pro-life passion. The world has need of you. Your passion for life can lead to the saving of many lives and bring much joy.
However, your time on earth is limited. Your energy is limited. The finances I choose to entrust to you are limited.
Might I suggest that you love the neighbour you have seen before you love the yet-unborn whom you have not seen.
You cannot save all the 16000 children who will today die of hunger, one every five seconds. But you might be able to save one who will die tomorrow. Save one family from heartbreak.
You will not be save all the 21000 children who will die today from preventable disease, malnutrition, unsafe drinking water, and lack of a five-cent vaccine. But you may be able to save one tomorrow
I feel the pain of the aborted embryo, and the pain of the born child. But since you can today: Save some those already born, whose illness and death breaks the heart of their families before you insist that every zygote, every fertilized egg, every embryo is borne to full-term, regardless of the physical, emotional, psychiatric, or financial cost to the mother, despite her desperation, devastation or destitution.
For there is coercion in that, but in me there is no coercion. I invite you. I never compel you. Do likewise. [Read more…]