Have It More Abundantly

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by Rosie Adle 

Christians are pro-life. I am referring to something bigger than a political position. Christians are in favor of (“pro”) life. We wear the name of Christ and we are about the things of God. Christ came for the sake of life – all lives. And to speak of the things of God is to speak first in the Creed about the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. He creates life. We, His creatures, support that.

In Baptism, we all had life breathed into our sinful corpses. Now the Holy Spirit dwells in us, helping us to rightly treasure our own life and also to do all that we can to esteem the lives of others.

To people who do not find life to be worth living, on account of age, disease, failing abilities, mental anguish and other trials, we remind them that life is a gift from God. Their lives are precious to God and also to us. We care for them.

To a woman who is with child and without a husband, she too is lovingly told the same. That child’s life – both before and after birth – is a gift from God. Oh! And so is that mother’s! Let us never forget. Thanks be to God for both!

To a person who just found out that his diagnosis is degenerative or terminal, we do not stop thanking God for his life. We help that person see that it is good to talk to doctors, pastors, therapists and hospice workers, if that sort of help is helpful, but it would be very, very bad to talk to those folks who peddle mercy killings as though they were in any way merciful.

In our homes, in our communities and in our churches, we are always looking for ways to speak and act in favor of life. You know who else might like to hear that message? A couple expecting their eighth child. Believers in Christ, supporters of life, are in favor of God the Father Almighty carrying on as Maker of heaven and earth. We tell that couple and everyone in earshot that the life of this child in the womb is made by God! A Christian would not sneer or make jokes or act smarter or more responsible than the parents of eight children, because that would not be in favor of life.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b).

God loves life so much, He gives it to us twice. My husband said that and I thought it was the best. Our Lord absolutely, positively loves life. We, His created and redeemed people, do too.

Deaconess Rosie Adle is an online instructor for the distance deaconess program of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. She is co-author of LadyLike: Living Biblically.

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One Response to Have It More Abundantly

  1. Josh August 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

    Why, then, do we as a pro-life Christian organization constantly align ourselves with organizations that are not pro-life by the definitions laid out in this blog? I mean, it’s one thing to say “life is a gift from God” to those who “do not find life to be worth living, on account of age, disease, failing abilities, mental anguish and other trials”, but it’s a completely different thing to actually show that you mean it.

    I can walk up to someone and say “I’m sorry that your 6 year old son has cancer and can’t afford insurance, but don’t worry, life is a gift from God.” and then immediately vote for a person who is “pro-life” but also opposes affordable health care. In that instance, no, you are not pro-life.

    I can tell the unwed other to be “that child’s life – both before and after birth – is a gift from God”, and then continue to support legislation that makes it harder for single mothers to make a living and raise a child. In that instance, no, you are not pro-life.

    I can tell a “person who just found out that his diagnosis is degenerative or terminal” that “it is good to talk to doctors, pastors, therapists and hospice workers”, but then go out and actively endorse candidates who would make the cost of said visits astronomically hard to afford.

    To use the term you used: none of these would “be in favor of life”.

    So, while you make the case that “pro-life” in the literal sense is not a political stance (I agree), the LC-MS has unfortunately taken an extremely diluted view of “pro-life” and turned it into the political definition which is “pro-birth”. In 90ish days, we as a country have the right and privilege of actually voting on what you just wrote about by determining the president, many senators and representatives, and quite a few governors. I hope people take what you just wrote to heart and remember that ALL lives matter, not just the unborn, and that often times, the most pro-choice positions tend to actually be the most pro-life.

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