I’ve written before how Fundagelicals are not truly “pro-life.” My friend Alex, who wrote the guest blog “I know you are full of the love of Jesus, but there’s always room for Jello” sent me an interesting meme about the “pro-life” movement.
You would think that a movement that is so rabidly pro-birth because of the “sanctity of life” would experience cognitive dissonance due to supporting the death penalty and their refusal to support social justice issues. However, they experience no cognitive dissonance due to their view of God.
How we think about God is one of the most important things about us. Our view of God colors how we interpret the world around us. For Fundagelicals, God is an angry and punitive god. Oh sure there’s that whole “God is love” thing and Jesus died for us, but the god of the Fundagelicals tends to be a bit psycho.
In the Fundagelical mindset, God hands out punishment and rewards based on behavior. Yes, there is Grace, but that’s for salvation. You are saved by Grace, but everything else is a merit system. Fundagelicals are so “pro-life” because they fear God is punishing the United Staes because we allow abortion. God sends hurricanes, floods, and liberal Democrat presidents as punishment for allowing abortion. Fundagelicals want to avoid punishment, so; they must stop abortion.
What about that child after they are born? Well, that’s the Biblical principle of “sowing and reaping.” The woman had sex, and the natural consequence is she got pregnant. So, having to give birth to the child and raise it is the consequence. if you were raised Fundagelical, you heard pastors and teachers tell you that abortion was a birth control method that made the unborn child pay the consequences for the bad decision of the mother. She is avoiding her responsibility. By the way, you never hear mention of the father who also had sex and chose not to use birth control.
In the Fundagelical mindset, the poverty, lack of health care, and lack of educational opportunities are all reaping the consequences of the sinful seed that was sown. The mother and child are paying the price for sin.
What about the homeless? They are all drug users or irresponsible. Their homelessness is their own fault; they are paying the price for their sin. What about the death penalty? You reap what you sow.
This works the other way around too. Why do Fundagelicals have comfortable middle-class lives? It’s because God is blessing them. They have said the “sinner’s prayer,” they go to church, and they make sure not to get caught in an illicit affair. God blesses them. They are reaping the good they have sown.
For Fundagelicals, God sits on His throne, watching us, and either rewards us for being good or punishes us for being bad. If you love Him and do everything he tells you, he will prosper you. If you don’t, he will punish you in this life and eternally in the next.
Too bad for Fundagelicals this isn’t what Jesus taught us.” As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:1-3)
The disciples were part of the “you reap what you sow” crowd. In their mindset, birth defects and sickness were the results of sin. God was punishing sinners. They asked who sinned. Jesus corrects their thinking. No one sinned. The man wasn’t born blind so Jesus could perform a miracle, the man was born blind so that Jesus could demonstrate God is on the side of humanity and wishes to love, heal, and bless them. That is the glory of God.
So preventing abortion is just a way to avoid punishment and get rewards. It has nothing to do with the sanctity of life. They won’t help others because that would interfere with God’s work. It’s twisted, but it is consistent with their view of God.
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