Wesley Vaughn: Is God Pro-Choice or Pro-Life?

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If someone asks, “Is God pro-choice or pro-life?” they are usually asking in reference to the issue of abortion. But if we step outside of social and political discussions, the question goes a lot deeper. My answer in that case would be, “Both.” Let me explain.

First of all, God is pro-life. He is the one who created life. In fact, He is life itself. John 1:4 says about the Word (Christ), “In him was life.” And in John 14: 6, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

God is also pro-choice. He is both sovereign and pro-choice. To some this sounds contradictory. They believe that since God is totally sovereign, He has dictated everything that ever is, including what we think are our choices. But I think that idea is actually a limited view of God’s sovereignty.

If God is totally sovereign, He can choose what He does or does not dictate. He can, for His own reasons, choose to create choice. In the Bible, God repeatedly calls on us to make choices. For instance, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life” (Deut. 30:19) and “[C]hoose this day whom you will serve” (Josh. 24:15). The concept of choice was behind the first prohibitive command God ever gave: “And the LORD commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’” (Gen. 2:16-17).

Along with the ability and right to choose, God also gave us the right to experience the consequences. The above passages in Deuteronomy and Joshua both name consequences. In Deuteronomy, He was in effect saying, “Choose your consequences.” In Genesis He said the consequence of disobedience is death.

When God gave us choice, he gave us consequences. That only makes sense. If a choice does not have a consequence, is it a real choice? Consequences are evidence that God did create choice, real choice.

Okay, now. I did say. “For His own reasons.” So then, why would God create choice? Why would a sovereign God let us choose to not love Him, even to disobey Him? Why would the God of life allow us to choose death? Choice must mean very much to God for Him to create it. Look at the consequences of real choice: Life allowing death. Love allowing hate. Harmony, peace and unity allowing dissonance, strife and division. Intimacy allowing estrangement.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Wesley Vaughn