Why I March? To Reject Pro-Abortion Christianity

We are called to spearhead a movement that emphasizes love, compassion and justice for the least among us.

Pro-life demonstrators march towards the US Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2017.

By Chelsen Vicari Published on January 9, 2018

One of the first memories I have of a pro-abortion Christian — yes, pro-abortion Christian — was during an encounter while at a college campus ministry. I confess that in college I got a lot about theology dead wrong. But was abortion really up for debate in the Church?   

It happened when another female student admonished a pro-life statement I made. To be honest, I don’t even remember what I said. Maybe something about Planned Parenthood committing genocide. I can’t recall my exact comment. But the young woman’s passionate defense of an abortion clinic is still a vivid memory. I was left baffled. She was not a radical feminist classmate. Not my coworker. Not an unsaved friend. This was a fellow Christian.

I regret saying nothing in response to the young woman.

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Guilt is not from the Lord, but conviction certainly. I regret my missed pro-life witness in that particular situation. Because of my naiveté, I foolishly believed that everyone who professed to follow Jesus also rejected abortion. But I’m thankful for the lesson behind that stinging encounter.

Pro-Faith, Pro-Choice?

We live in a deceived society where even professing Christians succumb to pro-abortion arguments. This reality should push us to speak up, prepare a defense, and keep marching for the sanctity of life

Just last November, I reported that a group of liberal clergy gathered in Fort Worth, Texas. They were there to “bless” an abortion clinic and its workers, sing “Hallelujah,” and declared abortion a “God-given right.” The “prayer” event was organized by Christian clergy with the Religious Institute, an inter-faith advocacy group co-founded by a Unitarian Universalist Minister and sexologist. Mhmm.

When talking about abortion, I’ve also seen a trend among liberal Christians to stereotype pro-lifers as single-issue voters consumed with the unborn, but not the baby, or mother, or any other injustice. It seems to me a clever pivot aimed to detract and diminish pro-life efforts. A move that is totally unnecessary.   

Christians are never permitted to advance or belittle the murder of innocent lives.

Take the InterVarsity’s Urbana 15 conference speaker who criticized the pro-life movement as “a big spectacle” in front of 16,000 evangelicals. The speaker’s discussion was on racial injustice. Instead of criticizing, the speaker could have noted the pro-life movement also works to eradicate racial injustice perpetuated by abortion and Planned Parenthood in minority communities.

Unfortunately, there are more examples where Christian leaders send contradictory messages about life and justice. I’ll limit my word count here, and recount just one more occasion. This story still makes me scratch my head in disbelief.

In 2015, IRD’s President Mark Tooley reported that a staff member of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society agency openly mocked the March for Life. The staffer tweeted a picture of himself at the March holding a sign reading, “I March for Sandwiches” and captioned, “I was inspired by the march for life to march for what I believe in!”  

I should mention that at the time, this staff member’s title was “Director of Civil and Human Rights.”  

God’s Love for the Unborn 

Christians are never permitted to advance or belittle the murder of innocent lives. Instead, we are called to spearhead a movement that emphasizes love, compassion and justice for the least among us.

The March for Life 2018 theme is “Love Saves Lives.” It’s my favorite theme so far, as it reminds me of the One who knew me even before I was formed in my mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). The One who loved me so much that He sacrificed His only beloved Son so that I could be saved from death and adopted into His family (John 3:16).

There are many reasons why I join the March for Life year after year. Last year, I marched for the dignity of my unborn daughter. Other years I’ve marched in support of post-abortive women left wounded by abortion. This year, I march in protest of the notion Christianity supports abortion as a “God-given right.”

Every year, I march as a witness of the One whose love offers salvation to the world. That loves includes the unborn.

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  • Paul

    Have you ever wondered if all aborted babies go to heaven or hell? If so what did you conclude?

    • Putin on the Ritz

      *snort*

      All blog commenters go straight to hell!

      • Elizabeth Litts

        Nice try at a smoke screen Paul! We are not here to discuss that. Pro-life people care for the mother and child after birth–I know from exprence –It was pro life people who helped me when my daughter was born and well beyond. They helped me raise her . I was a member of the church they went to for 14 years until we moved–and I have friends that i keep in contact with to this day. They helped us over the years with food, clothing, stuck with me through job training, and between jobs. Were there for us both over the years. This is what Pro life and being a Christian is about. The rest is all lies and apostates. In the book of James it says that true ‘regolion ‘ is to care for widows and ophorns –not help them kill. By the way, my daughter is now 32-happily married, is a vet of the Navy and works with a wounded vetrens orgization—she has touched many lives over the years and is still doing it now-tell me if I should have aborted her.

        • Paul

          Smoke screen for what exactly, I’m about as anti-abortion as they get. But my question is somerhing I wonder about nonetheless and seek opinions on from time to time

      • Paul

        Yourself included?

    • jayceej

      I believe they go to Heaven.

      • Paul

        I’d like to believe that also, but I’m not sure per the scripture. Of course this reaches beyond abortion to include still births and even death of infants.

  • Christopher Rank

    I mean how broad are we leaving the definition of Christianity here? Most of the people mentioned in this article reject the deity of Christ, the inerranacy of the scripture, the Virgin Birth, etc etc. I would say they are a mission field not kindred believers. Why argue the sanctity of life to slaves of sin that have a darkened understanding? Why not start with the gospel and let the Holy Spirit give us an opportunity to be a part of His plan for real and lasting conversion and change in their lives? I mean people that reject the basics of the gospel aren’t Christians, but a mission field.

  • jayceej

    I was shocked when my 90-year-old Baptist neighbor unashamedly said she was for abortion. She said the Bible didn’t say anything about it. When I mentioned that in our state it is legal right up to the day of birth, she wasn’t even fazed.

  • Cindy Johanson

    Paul, your question about whether or not babies go to heaven when they die is a difficult one as there is not much in scripture upon which to make a firm theology. Speaking only from a point of personal faith, I first have to rely on Holy, Righteous and Just God to deal with His creation, the unborn, in a way that honors His name- a way which is holy, righteous and just.

    But there is a scripture which personally brings me comfort. It is found in 2 Samuel and follows the story of David having lost the child which was born as a result of the adulterous relationship with Bathsheba.
    “But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:23. David’s simple statement that he would see his son in heaven has always brought me comfort as a woman who suffered two miscarriages. Can I be dogmatic on this- no. That is where my trust in God’s goodness comes in.

    BTW, I never engage strangers in discussion on Facebook; you are the first. But I thought your question was honest and deserving of an answer.

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