Can a Christian Be Pro-Choice?

With that in mind, abortion is fundamentally more than just the ending of a human life, as incomprehensible as that is. Abortion represents the pinnacle of an anti-gospel message. Where the gospel proclaims a perfect Savior who came and died for our sins, abortion proclaims that another human must die for us, slain on the altar of our convenience and personal desires. How can we believe a gospel message where one man’s sacrifice is sufficient for our redemption, while proclaiming that we require additional sacrifice to meet our needs.

So what is a Christian? A true Christian is anyone who turns to Jesus and places their faith in the truth of his death and resurrection for the forgiveness of their sins. But it’s more than just believing or assenting to facts from history; there is a true spiritual change that happens to us and in us. A true Christian participates in the Gospel work—the old person was crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and now a new person is alive because of the resurrection of Christ. What makes a Christian alive, new and different is the very real presence of Christ in them through His Spirit. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).”

Furthermore, the abiding presence of God inside of us cannot help but radically change us. Think about it, how can a God so big and powerful that He spoke all of creation into existence live inside of me, and I not be radically changed and affected by that reality? His presence in me places life, hope, joy and a new perspective inside of me. That new perspective means that I begin to see things the way God does, I begin feel about things the way that God does, and I begin to be bothered by the same things that bothers Him.

The true characteristic of a Christian is someone who seeks to honor God in everything they say and do, someone who is led by God, and someone who allows Him to live through them. So, for a Christian to be pro-choice, they’d have to say that “God is honored by abortion. He has led me to participate in, and/or support, the ending of millions of defenseless lives. God has placed a clear conscience in me that is OK with the dismemberment of the very lives that He has intricately created.” At the end of the day, it requires being able to say that God is pleased with people supporting genocide, and He is glorified by those same people choosing convenience over life. Can someone, being full of the Holy Spirit of God, believe that there is nothing wrong with abortion? Let’s truly think about that, let’s just say this statement out loud, so that we can truly hear absurdity of it: “I love Jesus, the Author of Life, and I have no qualms about ending a human life that He created because it is an inconvenience to me. I have a clear conscience in choosing convenience over life.” Sounds absolutely ridiculous doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately, I believe that is the answer to our question, “Can someone be a Christian, and pro-choice?” It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that is possible.  

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Shane serves as the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He and his wife, Kasi, reside in Rockwall, TX with their five children – Raygen, Harper, Titus, Elliot, & Glory. He has been in ministry for over 15 years as a church planter, lead pastor, associate pastor, and student pastor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in History, and a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling.