The real meaning of pro-life

    September 5, 2018

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    On August 23 2018 Arkansas Baptist News published a column by Larry Page executive director of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council titled “Page: Tort reform amendment is not a pro-life issue.”

    Page contended that the tort reform amendment is an economic issue and not a pro-life issue. Page concluded his column with this statement “Let’s keep the focus for pro-life where it belongs – on the babies at risk in the womb.”

    In John 10:10 Jesus Christ proclaimed “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” In Matthew 25:34-46 Jesus taught that His followers are to feed the hungry provide drink to the thirsty care for the sick clothe the naked take in the stranger and visit those in prison. Inasmuch as we have treated the least of these we have so treated Jesus Christ himself (Matt. 24:40 45).

    To view pro-life as only about unborn babies is very limited. Jesus Christ cares deeply about unborn babies born babies toddlers children pre-teens teenagers young adults adults in the prime of life and older adults. He cares for the hungry and the well-fed the thirsty and the thirst-quenched those wearing rags those wearing designer clothes and everyone in between. Jesus loves the healthy and the sick the prisoner the guard and the free man and woman.

    Article XV of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message states in pertinent part: “We should work to provide for the orphaned the needy the abused the aged the helpless and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.”
    This is the real meaning of pro-life.

    Steven R. Davis
    North Little Rock

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