Today marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that opened the door to on-demand abortion in the United States. This time of year serves as a good reminder to avoid two key extremes on the abortion issue as an evangelical Christian.
The first extreme is to focus so much on the issue of abortion that we forsake defending other life issues from a comprehensive worldview. Though abortion is a central issue in the cultural debate, we must never limit ourselves to simply being anti-abortion. Instead, we need to be holistically pro-life.
The second extreme is to assume that legalized abortion is such a foregone conclusion in America that it is not worth fighting for. Every life is valuable because it is made in the image of God. Therefore, we need to make decisions, especially political ones, in a way that reflects this truth.
As I mentioned last week, I’m traveling with a group from Southern Seminary to Washington DC to participate in the March for Life events remembering this 40th anniversary.
If you’re looking for a good read on rightly evaluating Roe vs. Wade in light of the gospel, see this article by Russell Moore.