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How Jesus Taught us to be Pro-Life

Last edited 15th January 2017

How Jesus Taught us to be Pro-Life

by CHRISTINA MEAD

To be totally honest with you, I get easily overwhelmed when I think about the state of our world and all the work that has to be done. Especially when I see the statistics about abortions being performed in this country — my heart breaks over and over again.

A Temptation to Despair

Annually, approximately 56.3 million babies die from abortions worldwide. That averages to a baby being aborted approximately every 1.8 seconds.

My heart breaks for every child who doesn’t get a chance at life. My heart breaks for the mother who felt like she couldn’t handle a child and that abortion was her only choice. I know she may be hurting even more now and that hurts me too. My heart breaks for all the fathers who denied responsibility for their child, who didn’t get the chance to defend the life of their child, or who decided and pressured to have their child aborted.

What can I possibly do? I ask myself. The problem seems too big. I am so tempted to despair but I know despair isn’t an option, for despair is a tool of the evil one. The devil wants us to think we can’t make a difference in the pro-life movement. We have to prove him wrong.

The “Jesus” Way

I strongly believe that Jesus came not only to save us from our sins, but also to be an everlasting example to us of how to act as a Christian. So when faced with the problem of “Abortion in America” — I think we have to look to the gospels to see how Jesus would handle the situation. What’s the “Jesus way” of dealing with brokenness, sin, and pain?

Jesus’ answer to sin and pain is to love the person in front of Him.

It’s not getting overwhelmed by the “bigness” of the issue.

It’s not trying to do a thousand things at once.

He simply loved and from that love dealt with one issue at a time. In every story in which Jesus is faced with someone who is hurting, He focuses on that person and what they need.


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