For the first 10 years of my Christian life, I was internally pro-life but externally pro-choice. I believed abortion was wrong, I voted like abortion was wrong, but I lived as if it were no big deal. At the heart of my indifference was the idea that combating abortion isn’t a kingdom priority. Abortion is a political issue. It’s not my calling. Why should I waste my time trying to moralize unbelievers?
All of these excuses came crashing down on a Saturday morning in Nashville, when the story of the Good Samaritan was opened to me in a new light. Gregg Cunningham, executive director for The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, was in town for a one-day seminar. My mom knew Gregg and wanted me to meet him. The trip I’d scheduled for the weekend fell through. The tiny Baptist church hosting the event was a few blocks from my apartment. So I went. In fact, I was almost the only one who went, but the sparseness of that gathering has been a frequent source of encouragement ever since. Gregg could have packed it in and not bothered with such a small crowd. But he didn’t. And here I am.
Central to his presentation was the story of the Good Samaritan—a story originally prompted by an incredibly significant question: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” When a lawyer asks him this question, Jesus in turn asks him what’s written in the law. When the lawyer inquires about who his neighbor is, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan.
[Read the rest of the article at The Gospel Coalition Blog.]