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Who are the least of these?

Posted by Chance on April 2, 2010

My two year old son, compared to most people, is pretty helpless.  Physically, he has no ability to defend himself.  As far as sustenance, he can open the fridge and grab whatever is in there, but that’s about it.

Even more helpless is his one year old sister.  She doesn’t even have the strength to open the refrigerator door.  She just started walking a few weeks ago.

Our son, despite being a physically inferior being, can still try to impose his will on his sister.  A major part of our job is making sure he doesn’t beat up on her when she takes a toy.  We do this so that he will not physically harm his sister, and also because he needs to simply learn not to beat up on people.   When we discipline, we try to do more than simply preventing him from hitting her.  We try to discipline out of love and use these instances as a teaching lesson.   The fact that we don’t let him beat up on his sister doesn’t mean we love him less, although we do try to affirm our love to him while disciplining him.

Even though our son is, in a sense, the “least of these”, there is still someone smaller and more helpless than he is, someone we teach him not to harm.

The reason I bring this up is that there is a Christian pro-choice argument floating around.  The argument is that the typical women considering abortion are scared and with few resources.  By not letting them have abortions we are not “loving” them.  In many ways, these women are indeed the “least of these”.   But involved in this decision is someone who is even more helpless.  I believe as Christians it is our role to help and defend those who have no voice.  I don’t use this comparison to trivialize the decision;  I don’t want to equate wanting a toy to abortion.  Where the analogy comes in is that just because someone is weak and helpless doesn’t mean we should ignore the needs of those more helpless than they are.

Also, when it comes to the abortion issue, it goes beyond telling a woman “don’t do it.”  If we meet someone in that situation, we should do all we can to help out and show Christ’s love.  Getting involved in this issue is simply more than voting pro-life, but taking initiative by getting involved in issues that help out poor expectant mothers.


3 Responses to “Who are the least of these?”

  1. dolphin said

    By not letting them have abortions we are not “loving” them.

    I’ve never seen this argument, but I have seen the argument that preventing access to critical pregnancy-related medical attention, slashing programs designed to give young mothers the chance to finish their education or job training, and otherwise making it as difficult as humanly possible to survive as a teen and/or low income mother while simultaneously demanding that teen and/or low income mothers carry their pregnancies to term is “not loving” them.

    I don’t think the “not loving” part comes as much from outlawing abortions (though there is an argument to be made there) as much as the apparent desire to punish “the wrong kind of women” for getting pregnant. If actions indeed speak louder than words, the pro-life movement as a whole comes off looking pretty sadistic to most of us.

    • Chance said

      That makes sense. I can’t actually speak to the specific things you are saying. I’m for smaller limited government but I do think that the gov’t should help those who truly cannot help themselves, and a teen mother is usually going to be one of those. Ideally it would be the family and church structure, but typically many women involved in those situations don’t have those in the first place. That being said, there is a large pro-life presence involved in pregnancy centers and such that are truly willing to help out. Could more pro-lifers do more? Probably.

  2. Chance said

    So does planned parenthood do things for poor working moms who choose to have a child as well, or does voting Democratic pretty much cover all that?

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