The new, improved
pro-abortion Jesus

By Joel Miller

It started with cars. Thanks to some newfangled divine inspiration, we now know that if Jesus were here today, he would drive little electric-hybrid autos. And – also fresh from the mind of the Lord – we have recently discovered that Christ was pro-abortion.


“[O]ne thing I know from the Bible is that Jesus was not against women having a choice in continuing a pregnancy,” Rev. Mark Bigelow told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in a recent letter.

Naturally, Christ being pro-choice adds all new shades of meaning to “suffer the little children.” Obviously the passage doesn’t mean to endure them, as the context would indicate; rather, it means suck the nippers out before they’re born and get on with your life, “for such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).

What? That’s news to you! Let Rev. Bigelow elucidate: “Jesus was for peace on earth, justice on earth, compassion on earth, mercy on earth, and choice on earth.”

Unsurprisingly, Bigelow – pastor of the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, N.Y., an affiliate of the United Church of Christ – serves on the Clergy Advisory Board for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Clergy who work with Planned Parenthood are as likely to say that Jesus is pro-abortion as clergy working with Pablo Escobar would say that Christ was tickled pink about cocaine.

“Even as a minister I am careful what I presume Jesus would do if he were alive today,” Bigelow told O’Reilly. Obviously, not careful enough.

Being pro-abortion seems an odd position when you remember that Mary and Joseph were unmarried when Jesus was conceived. If Mary were pro-choice and less faithful to what the angel told her, adios bambino. On top of that, remember that as an infant Christ had to flee from King Herod, lest the infanticidal maniac kill the newborn challenger to his sovereignty.

And then there is what Jesus actually said. Clearly, from the passage in Mark and the other synoptic Gospels, Christ is pleased with children and wants sourpuss adults to put up with them even if annoyed. Hence the expression, “suffer them” – i.e., allow them to come to Christ even if they get on your nerves.

The pro-abortion lobby, however, supports killing (not suffering) those children when they get annoying. If that little blob in your womb cramps your style, just get rid of it. If that stowaway tissue mass is troublesome or inconvenient, take a trip to the cervix-sweepers and have it removed.

What about Christ’s statement in the Olivet Discourse about “woe” on women “with child” during the time of tribulation (Matthew 24:19)? Talking about the same rough times – predicted by Christ and just beginning in Paul’s day – the apostle even says it’s better for people to stay unmarried and, thus, without child (1 Corinthians 7:25-26). Everyone’s in agreement: When bad times fall, having to defend and take care of children in addition to the troubles is a terrible burden. Better not to have it.

But notice how neither Christ nor Paul go from there and say, “Verily, I say unto you who are unfortunate with child in times of tribulation … you should just dump the runt and get while the gettin’s good.”

Neither Christ nor Paul would say such a thing because God values life. He values life more than the self-serving choices of people who decide to rid themselves of incommodious kiddies before they’re hatched.

Because neither Christ nor his followers would stoop to murder to avoid hassle or idolize “choice,” they were motivated as the Church spread into the pagan Roman Empire to oppose the booming business of abortion. Historically, the pro-life movement doesn’t begin with Roe v. Wade; it goes back much further, to the apostolic Church and before.

Basil of Caesarea was fully against abortion, saying that a woman “who has deliberately destroyed a fetus,” along with those who assist her, “must bear the penalty for murder.”

When he became aware of a guild of abortionists operating with legal sanction, he became outraged and moved to action. As George Grant notes in his book, “Third Time Around: The History of the Pro-Life Movement from the First Century to the Present”:

    Immediately, he sprang into action: He preached a series of sermons on the sanctity of human life; he mobilized the members of his church to help care for families and women who were facing crisis pregnancies; he began to exercise the full weight of his family influence [which was big] as well as his considerable powers of persuasion to change the laws; he began an education program throughout the entire city so that people could fully understand the issues; he took imprecatory ecclesiastical action against the [abortionists], declaring them anathema; and he even staged public protests against the Egyptian traders that helped to support the grisly trade with their mercantile ingenuity.

That doesn’t sound like the kind of minister our crank cleric Bigelow is; he would have been one of those anathematized by Basil.

To be blunt, instead of men of the cloth, Bigelow and the others on Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advisory Board are men of the bloody towel.

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