On Friday, I suggested, probably controversially, that a specifically Christian pro-life position adequately values human life and protects the true values of diversity and equality with consistency in a way that pro-choice advocates cannot.
Today, I’m going to share about how a specifically Christian pro-life position adequately values all human life, including those with disabilities.
From a Christian worldview, all lives have value. Scientifically, the case is closed that at fertilization, unborn children are distinct lives. However, this is not strictly a biological question; it is also a moral question. Why does anyone have value at all? When I think about this, I remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10 when He was sending out the disciples to a world that was not going to welcome them.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31, NIV).
Christians view every life as precious because God views every life as precious. Jesus points out that even the birds of the air are under the watchful eye of God, so how much more would humans, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), be under that loving gaze?
If God takes such an interest in human lives and has such a great deal of concern for each individual person, then we ought to care about the lives of all people as well. In fact, think about the two greatest commandments.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV).
Chiefly, I hope that you see the consistency here. Christians have a very high view of the value of human life and that includes all human life at all stages of development.
Last week, I presented horrific statistics about abortion rates for children prenatally diagnosed with disabilities. I can be consistently horrified because of the high value I, as a Christian, place on every individual life. A pro-choice position cannot affirm the same.
A satisfactory worldview is going to be consistent, and on this point, a specifically Christian pro-life position meets that benchmark.