Seeking Common Ground and Abundant Life


“Life” issues have once again become extremely politically divisive. Claiming to be either “for the women” or “for the babies,” turns empathy for only one life into single-issue voting on both sides of the political spectrum.

It always astounds, and to be honest, angers me how the same legislators who focus only on abortion pay little or no attention to lives and needs of women and children: They are usually the first to cut programs and protections that benefit poor families, limit access to contraception, and oppose workplace policies that would support parents.

Of course, it doesn’t help our polarization on abortion when some Democratic state legislators seek to relax restrictions even on late-term abortions or when the extreme left refuses to acknowledge the existence of “pro-life Democrats” and refuses to embrace the “safe, legal, and rare” approach to abortion that the party used to embrace.

We have to move beyond judgment and recrimination. Rather, we need a time of dialogue and understanding — for reconsideration of what it means to be deeply committed to “abundant life.”

In John 10:10, Jesus says "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Jesus wants our lives to flourish. What does it mean to be committed to that kind of life? Not just for woman or child, for one or the other, but for all. In seeking after the truth and striving after consistency on this issue, we will come face to face with the need for reconciliation between battling ideological forces.