To some Christians, the word pro-life is centered almost exclusively on opposing abortion. To others, being pro-life demands opposition to nuclear war, economic injustice, and environmental pollution. The resulting debate over who is truly working for God's ends, through his means, has left some evangelicals confused. Others are angered by what they call unnecessary infighting. Can Christians unite on the broad issues? Or are we doomed to fragmented efforts?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:26–28; Exodus 1:15–2:10; Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Joshua 24:14–24; Esther 3:12–14; 4:12–16; 7:1–10; 9:1–5; Isaiah 58:6–10; Daniel 3:1–30; Matthew 16:24–26; John 10:9–10, 27–30; 11:25–26; 16:7–11; Acts 13:1–3; Romans 8:18–25; Colossians 1:15–23; Hebrews 1:1–2; 4:12–13
• The Issue
As a Christian, what do you think it means to be pro-life?
Do you feel that the disagreement among Christians on pro-life issues is healthy or unhealthy? Why?
• The Scriptures
Deuteronomy 30:15–20: What specific actions are connected with choosing life?
John 16:7–11: In what ways does God continue to speak to us about his purposes and our part in fulfilling them?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
What possibilities for unity do you see in the current pro-life debate?
For what reasons might some Christians consider evangelism the most important pro-life issue of all?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "Pro-Life": What Does It Really Mean?, by Lyn Cryderman (July 1989, 7 printed pages)
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