If you have read my blog with any consistency you know that I tend to write about some things that can be a bit controversial. As a result it can erupt into some rather lively discussions. I have a few friends of mine who read my blogs despite disagreeing with me heartily on things but my hope is always that we come to a better understanding of each other. One recent discussion with my friend Christen reminded me of one of the many double standards of Christians.
We had been arguing about abortion and she made the great and completely true point that many Christians tout the ‘all life is precious’ line when dealing with abortion but don’t carry that over to other areas of life, often areas that are more relevant to our own lives. So I wanted to challenge my Christian readers a bit, and in all honesty myself as well.
We like to say that ‘all life is precious’ but do we represent that in our actions. Think through your life for a bit.
When was the last time you saw a homeless person on the street. What did you do? Did you do anything? Did you attempt to help? Did buy them a meal? Did you offer the extra change in your pocket? Try to help them find a job?
What is your attitude toward immigrants? Recent events with our Presidents travel ban should put this on the forefront of our minds. I understand we can say we need to protect ourselves, and we can also say the government isn’t supposed to do the things the church does but how can we help the needy if we aren’t allowing them to come here where our church can help? Have you thought about your protection in the context of the fact Jesus told us to turn the other cheek? We say we have the right to keep ourselves safe, but where did you see that in scripture? Yes, we can still help people in foreign countries by giving money or other things, and that is true, but do you? Do you send money to the needy?
In the area of abortion we are so quick to say it’s wrong but are we trying to help create viable alternatives. The system for child adoption is laborious and tedious are we taking actions to change that? Are we willing to take those babies ourselves?
I know this is heavy handed. It was meant to be. My friend has made a great criticism of us as Christians and I hope that my fellow Christians will take note of it. Are we really viewing all life as precious? Am I? Are you?