By Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation
Sometimes we achieve clarity when we put an ideology into a different context. Our news media superficially celebrates those who fight for “equality” and “reproductive justice” while denying it to millions through the violence of abortion. There’s so much senseless rhetoric today in a culture that thinks it’s blazing trails, when these roads have been traveled many times before. We live in a society that increasingly values sacrifice…of others. And many have the audacity to invoke Christianity to justify this slaughter of millions.
But what if Jesus were to have embraced a “prochoice” worldview? What would that look like?
We could kiss salvation goodbye. Adoption is at the heart of our soul’s redemption, yet a maligned consideration on the “prochoice” periphery. (Planned Parenthood aborts over 160 children for every 1 adoption referral). Half of us would immediately be written off as unwanted, therefore disposable, and certainly not worth eternally saving.
A “prochoice” Jesus would be the ultimate hypocrite having his own life spared from a single teenage mother scenario only to condemn to death others in similar circumstances. He, like the Jesse Jacksons of the world (who was conceived in rape), would enjoy the grand possibility of life while others the grim inevitability of undeserved death.
A Savior who espouses the tenets of the “prochoice” faith would not have to reveal the power of miracles, but instead rely upon a pessimistic outlook that misery is the natural outcome of physical affliction. The blind seeing, the lame walking and lepers healed would only take valuable time and resources away from those who weren’t a “burden” on society. He would relish in His efforts to eliminate the “unfit” from the overpopulated world upon which He apparently miscalculated.
A Christ that embraced abortion dogma would be far less compassionate. That love would be conditional, dependent upon someone’s assigned worth. Those deemed “unwanted” or “undesirable” would automatically be assumed to be unlovable. He would preach to the multitudes that they should treat others how they would like to be treated, unless the others were worthless and their removal improved your own quality of life.
Those who sinned and deeply desired redemption would be told that they should, instead, consider how they feel. Did it feel good to lust after someone else’s wife? Did your natural tendency to suppress self-restraint gratify you? Did you feel limited in a monogamous marital relationship that, in turn, forced you to discover your true femininity in sexual exploration? The woman caught and accused of adultery, would not have been spared from stoning because there were no men (including the adulterous ones) without sin, but because there was no sin to speak of. Christ the ProChoicer would’ve given her partially accurate birth control advice, STD-prone condoms and an affirming lecture on how her sexual promiscuity was normal and healthy. He would’ve encouraged the equally promiscuous men to be as sexually reckless as they wanted to be as long as they were “bro-choice”. Besides, Planned Parenthood has declared to teens that “there’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners.”
This month we celebrate Christmas and the birth of a Savior who would eventually give His own life. But a “prochoice” Jesus would’ve prevented such selflessness. Narcissism is at the heart of abortion doctrine. His death and resurrection never would have happened; self-sacrifice is anathema to sacred abortion beliefs. Jesus would not have been seized from the Mount of Olives, because He would’ve chosen someone else to take his place. He had 12 disciples. Certainly one of them could’ve been sacrificed.
Instead we have a Messiah who cares about every human life from the moment of conception until natural death and beyond. He chose to be nailed to a cross, despite His innocence, and die so that we can be redeemed, no matter what we’ve done. He emblazoned Purpose on our hearts from the moment we were conceived. In Christ we have compassion, grace, mercy, love, forgiveness, hope and possibility personified. All we have to do is repent and receive the gift of Redemption.
Christmas is the embodiment of “unplanned parenthood”. It is a powerful life-affirming example of a courageous teenage mother…a father who chose adoption over abandonment…and a child who changed the world. Together, Joseph and Mary embraced what they could never have humanly planned. (We’re all part of God’s plan, whether others think we’re “intended” or “unintended”.)
This Christmas look beyond the flashing colors, the overly-marketed ploys to buy plastic with plastic, and the well-choreographed holiday church services into the simplicity of why His birth is so meaningful and life-changing.
And rejoice! For unto us a Savior is born! And the outcome of that (humanly) unplanned pregnancy was not misery, but the ultimate Love story.