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Why are So Many Christians Pro-Choice?
The Bible reveals that there are only two types of law
used by nations to make judgments. Being pro-choice on abortion often hinges
upon whether or not these two types of law are correctly understood.
Sadly, most Christians do not know how to distinguish between these two
kinds of law. Even lawyers that profess to be Christian often ignore the
The first type of law is against things that are evil
in and of themselves.
Because it is always bad to do them, criminal justice textbooks call these
mala in se crimes, which means, “bad in itself.” What makes
mala in se violations immoral? The answer is that these criminal acts
rebel against the unchanging, immutable, righteous character of God.
God’s character is the same yesterday,
today, and forever. No circumstance or goal can change God’s character or
His sense of morality. In God’s view, mala in se crimes such as
larceny, rape, and murder are always wrong regardless of the type of
government, circumstances, election campaign, or benefit surrounding
second type of law is against things that are not evil.
Why would anybody create a second
type of law against things not intrinsically evil? The answer: “As an
effort to try to attain a certain goal or a specific effect.”
When someone uses law to regulate an
action that has some valid use, the statute creates what textbooks call
mala prohibta crime. Such imposed regulations may have little or no
moral force behind them. This is why they may be rightly changed to make
the act totally legal again.
Many laws in the bible fall under this
second category. For example, it is not evil in itself to wear clothing
made from mixed fibers, but God regulated such by law for Israelites
(Leviticus 19:19). God created such regulations to achieve a goal or
effect, which was to illustrate doctrinal truth to Jews through symbolic
Speed limits and drug regulations are also
examples of mala prohibita crimes. For example, certain drugs have
legitimate uses, but lawmakers may put regulations or restrictions on
their use in an attempt to create a specific result. Again, regulatory
prohibitions are only used on things that are not evil in themselves
because the thing has at least one legitimate use.
Is there a morally legitimate situation in
which larceny, rape, or murder can be performed or regulated? No, they
are mala in se crimes and as such are always evil. Abortion - an
act having the express intent to kill a child and no desire to help it
survive - is also always evil, regardless of the situation. Abortion is a
mala in se act.
Remember, when a legal system looks at something as having at least one
morally legitimate purpose, it is not completely outlawed, but civil
leaders may choose to regulate it.
However, when public leaders wrongly misplace certain forms of murder
under mala prohibita regulations, such murders are immorally
grouped into the same category as parking tickets and demolition permits.
Mislabeling abortion, a mala in se crime of murder, as being a
mala prohibita act under regulatory law will ultimately do two things:
pervert public understanding of morality and undermine the personhood of
pre-born children. Do you doubt this? Then discern if the following
pro-choice laws teach that abortion is a mala in se act or a
mala prohibita act – that abortion is always evil or merely something
mother waits 24 hours, then it’s legal for her to choose abortion.
mother reads literature on abortion procedures and after effects, then
it’s okay for her to choose abortion.
mother has her parent’s permission, then she can choose abortion.
baby is given a sedative, then the mother can choose abortion.
ultrasound has been provided to the mother, then she can choose abortion.
okay for a mother to choose abortion if the father is a criminal (For
example, the father’s crime was rape or incest).
legal for a mother to choose abortion if her baby is birthed no farther
than its bellybutton (The
so-called PBA ban).
state law allows abortion, then it is okay for a mother to choose
Nobody should do evil, even the lesser of
two evils, in hope that some good may come from it. Yet, many Christians
support mala prohibita laws against abortion by saying that they
would rather do something that will be accepted, even if it is clearly
pro-choice, than to risk failure when it comes to saving any babies.
In contrast, people in the Bible faced
threats of impending doom and failure for standing upon God’s
righteousness. Holding onto moral absolutes in the face of certain doom
made real heroes in the bible and it allowed God’s blessing.
Is saving more lives by all means possible an absolute
moral command in the bible?
The correct answer is, “No.” This is one reason why it is always wrong
for a vigilante to bomb abortion clinics. Likewise, we should not
legitimize through regulations anything fundamentally evil.
Consider the fact that physical security specialists and safety officers
mitigate risks, but they are not expected to eliminate all risk at all
cost. This is why Jesus equated offering one’s own life to save other
lives as being an act of love, not a response to a mandate to save lives
by any means possible (John 15:13). The corollary to the self-sacrifice
that Jesus spoke of, however, is that you should never offer up someone
else’s life, including a pre-born baby, through regulatory laws in hopes
of saving other lives. One reason is because love endorses or legislates
no harm towards an innocent neighbor (Romans 13:10).
would have kept many lives from being snuffed out by ruthless dictators,
but Jesus did not compromise His righteous principles to accept the throne
over all the kingdoms of the world when Satan made his liberal offer
(Matthew 4:8-10). Likewise, Noah and his sons did not kidnap anyone and
tie them up in the ark to save lives (Genesis 7:13). These examples
follow the biblical ban against committing or merely compromising over
mala in se acts, even when the goal is to save lives. Such examples
should reinforce the principle that it is always wrong to do something
immoral in hopes that some good may come of it.
QUESTION: Should Christians do anything that goes
against the moral character of God if they think some good could come from
1: It is far better to only do things that are morally right, even if
doing right may bring negative repercussions. Do right and risk the
is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than
for evil doing.” (1 Peter 3:17)
2: Doing a little evil when it appears necessary to help a good cause
will eventually lead to damnation and failure.
not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we
say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.”
Judging the morality of a decision upon immediate or expected results is
not biblical. For example, judging the moral value of a strategy by
comparing abortion statistics can be very misleading. Pregnancy rates,
and thus abortions, are declining via a dramatic rise in the use of
chemical abortifacients such as the morning after pill, the abortifacient
in common birth control pills, reproductive damage from venereal diseases,
abortion after effects, and from increased experimentation with
lesbianism. Surgical abortion rates can decline while unrecorded chemical
abortions increase. Likewise, when wicked people oppose a law, such does
not mean that Christians should endorse it.
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