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So much of the media and country seems to think that a pro-choice stance is a pro-abortion stance. As a Christian, I believe in the value of life, and personally, I believe life begins at conception. I would never get an abortion…even if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest. If asked for personal advice, I would advise against abortion except in cases in which the mother’s life is at serious risk. BUT that does not mean I think abortion should be made illegal.
I am sympathetic to the pro-life view that even though it’s a lost cause, Christians should still fight for God’s truth, yet what truth are we fighting for? Setting up the United States as state that enforces God's truth? Whose God then? The separation of Church and state is absolutely necessary for the success of our country.
As Christians, we ought to be more concerned about changing hearts and helping people see truth. Changing laws can change actions but seldom hearts. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, women seeking abortions would be able to find them anyway. So why not work to change actions through changing hearts? The Democratic Party has indicated that it’s willing to work with Republicans to reduce the number of abortions performed. This will mean more education and more Christian abortion alternative centers that, rather than simply scaring women away from abortion, offer practical advice and resources so women can make healthy decisions for themselves while considering the help God can and does offer.
Christians everywhere need to constantly reevaluate their voting priorities and practices. What is our goal? Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations. The political priorities many Christians have claimed regarding issues like abortion and gay rights have actually given nonChristians more reasons to run as far away from the Church as possible. I’m not saying we should water down truth, but we should put more of our attentions in changing actions through changing hearts.
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