Christian Response to Pro-life: We Must Love the Least
Over a week ago, a poster caught my eye in the main cafeteria of the Reimer Student Centre. That poster was addressing a hush, hush, hot topic that gets overlooked in Canada. A topic that is so important and morally relevant in our society that some are too scared to touch on or speak of.
It was a photo portraying the stomach of a pregnant woman, highlighted by a question of connecting Christian values with the cause of pro-life. Presented by speaker, Devorah Gilman from CCBR (The Canadian Centre for Bio- Ethical Reform) and taking place in the Northwest Auditorium building October 21, 2015 at 7pm.
Days before seeing this notification in the main cafeteria, I had met TWU’s Students for Life and got to speak with their leader, Anna-Maria Ryan, at the entrance of the Reimer Student Centre. I knew the Lord was grabbing my attention when I saw the poster a few days later.
The event included local TWU alumni Anastasia Pearse, the executive director for National Campus Life Network here in Langley, BC and presenter, Devorah Gilman from CCBR.
Anastasia Pearse talked to me about how National Campus Life Network and Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform have been partnering to bring the truth and reality about abortion to campuses across Canada.
“This is a very critical issue for university students and the demographic between the ages of 18–29, because this generation is the most susceptible to follow through with an abortion.” She went on to say, “We are bringing a life affirming message with hope and reassurance for those contemplating abortion or know someone who is. They need to know they are not alone and support options are available. God gives us value before birth and we must never forget it.”
After people had taken their seats, Devorah Gilman stepped forward and opened with the story of an unplanned pregnancy in the beginning of the New Testament book of Luke. This was the story of the Virgin Mary and her conception of the Christ. She highlighted the story that every Christian should know. The story of Mary visiting Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, in Luke 1:39–42.
“Even as two foetuses in the womb, Jesus and John the Baptist were alive and well.” She said. “When Mary entered the house of Elizabeth, John the Baptist jumps for joy because of Jesus, even while they were both just foetuses. Jesus Christ was still Jesus, even when He was just an embryo!”
This touched me profoundly, as I had not read that passage with this perspective. Christ was as valuable as an embryo, as he was at 6 months, as He was at birth, and He was still Christ at every stage of growth.
Devorah reminded us, that we are called to love our neighbours who are defenceless, needy and suffering. That should include defending and protecting, the unborn.
“Everyday day over 300 children are aborted in Canada alone- Children made in the likeness and image of God.” She continued, “Statistically, Christians have as many abortions as non-Christians in this country.”
This was very difficult to hear just before she brought up the two greatest commandments: To love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul and mind, and to love your neighbour as yourself.
“Should Christians be involved in the issue of abortion?” Devorah responded to her own question with an emphatic “Yes!”
She discussed the infinite value of the person and then read aloud Psalm 139 on the screen:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
She made it very clear that our value and person are designed and created long before birth and to devalue that is quite simply, destruction of life. She referred to the scripture regarding the consecration of Jeremiah by God; before he was even born, “Jeremiah 1:5 says, ‘before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart . . .’”
She pointed out the reality that we were all embryos at one point but that never changed our humanity, describing human rights as something that should rightfully extend to all human life, regardless if it is still growing in the womb of its mother or walking around on earth. She was very clear in explaining how abortion is a true violation of human rights and is clearly devaluing the preciousness of the unborn and God’s gift.
“No one is more unprotected in this country than the pre-born in the wombs of their mothers.” Devorah said. “Even if you are speaking to someone who does not accept biblical teaching, you must remember that all truth is God’s truth, and we can’t stay numb to the truth of abortion.”
We were presented with images showing the reality of abortion and the horrific procedures as the unborn “are torn limb by limb by limb”, in the words of Devorah Gilman. The photographic and video evidence were enough to believe it.
Proverbs 24: 10–11: “If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?”
Upon closing Devorah said, “Human rights are for humans and a human foetus IS human. If something is growing, is it not alive?”
Without any laws or regulation on abortion in Canada, it is clear that our government must address this silent killer and unsupervised industry at some.
Let us not forget the charge of our Saviour Jesus Christ in Matthew 25, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
To educate yourself further on the pro-life position — visit the CCBR website: endthekilling.ca and to get involved on campus please contact Anna-Maria Ryan at TWU Students for Life as they share a life-saving message on campus and participate in community outreach: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, let us pray for an end to abortion, for the innocent children killed, and for their mothers; that they may find healing and hope through Yahweh’s mercy and love.