Sunday, July 17, 2005

Neither the Democrats or the Republicans are Pro Life

Mark Roberts talks about The NAE's For the Health of the Nation: An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility.

In Part 16 He makes a very good point:

I've saved for last one of the lines from this subsection on justice that I find most telling and quotable:

God measures societies by how they treat the people at the bottom.

The vulernable who are "at the bottom" include: "not only the poor, but women, children, the aged, persons with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, minorities, the persecuted, and prisoners." I think this accurately portrays God's self-revelation in Scripture, though I'm a little surprised the NAE Statement didn't include the "unborn" in its list of vulnerable people who deserve our care. As I said in my last post, I think the Statement would be stronger and more biblical if it linked the sanctity of life and justice issues more closely.

Being pro life isn't just opposing abortion and the culture of death, it is being for people (born and unborn, dying and healthy). Whether you agree with their choices or not, every person deserves to be treated as a bearer of the image of God. This cuts both ways, Sanctity of Life folks should be progressive and progressive folks should be pro life. Right now we have one party who wants to get you here alive and then let you fall to the pavement and another who supports any and all means to kill you when you are helpless but at least claims to be concerned about what your life is like.

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