This week marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Today, abortion remains legal while a series of national stories involving police brutality against African American men and women have revealed to many another layer of inequality within the American criminal justice system. As evangelicals continue to find common ground with these causes, we asked those who have previously either spoken up on behalf of the #BlackLivesMatter or pro-life movements what the two can learn from one another.
Here’s what they had to say.
R. Albert Mohler Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
If committed to the worldview of Scripture, both #BlackLivesMatter and the pro-life movement ground their moral urgency in the fact that every single human being—regardless of race, ethnicity, condition of life, or stage of development—is an image bearer of God. In this sense, there should be both common ground and common support. #BlackLivesMatter needs to be concerned about the racial disparity in abortion in America, and the pro-life movement has to remember that the sanctity of life means all of life.
Director of worship and outreach, South City Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Pro-life and #BlackLivesMatter [are] de-centralized movements founded on principles that offer an answer to the call of dignity for the Imago Dei. Believers who affirm the God-honoring parts of both movements have learned that our fight is with systems, not people. We hold loosely the prescriptions of those who have not touched these traumas. We have chosen to learn from the true experts: the people most impacted by the injustices we fight.
Karen Swallow PriorProfessor of English ...1