But here's the pivot--if we are to respect the sanctity of life because life comes from God, then why for His sake are we unwilling to do the same for the planet when it comes to climate change?
And I'll be honest--this question comes after I screamed while reading yet another dickish pronouncement from Mars Hill's pastor Mark Driscoll that seems tailor-made to piss off a compact Sentra-driving Christian like me. If you didn't click on the link, what he said (this time at the Catalyst Conference) was this:
I know who made the environment, and he's coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV.
Driscoll followed this up with a gratuitous potshot: "If you drive a minivan, you're a mini-man," and by several accounts, a number of people got up and walked out.
So, if you're playing along at home: preserving human life is imperative because human life comes from god. But preserving the earth isn't necessary because the earth comes from God.
What. The. F*ck.
How do you show your appreciation for God's creation on the one hand by protecting it at all costs (the unborn), but pillaging and abusing it on the other hand (the earth)?
And this is even before we consider the implication that our children are the one's inheriting the earth from us, and that maybe, just maybe, it would be pro-life of us to bequeath to them an earth that is habitable and sustainable.
Or the implication that Scripture is patently clear that we aren't supposed to know when Jesus is to return--the day of the Lord, it is written, comes like a thief in the night and we know not when or where (1 Thessalonians 5:2).
Or the implication that every time an oil rig blows up in the Gulf of Mexico and kills 11 people while trying to ignore safety conerns in order to churn out more oil to meet the demand of SUV-driving narcissists like Driscoll, that isn't very pro-life of us, either.
If you're going to wear the label of pro-life, please feel free to do so loudly and proudly. But please, for the love of God, actually be pro-life for not only all the living, but also all the unborn: not just the unborn who are growing and developing in the womb as I write, but the unborn who are to come in the months, years, and decades ahead, who will inherit this amazing, divinely-breathed creation that we inhabit.
Be pro-life for them as well, I beg you. Preserve their God-given home so that they may appreciate it as we have. They, and I, will thank you in Heaven. After all, Heaven is where, Jesus says, we all receive our rewards.
Yours in Christ,