I think its safe to say that Jesus would be Pro-Life. And, this wouldn’t have been some radical political statement. No, this would have been the very being of Jesus. The reason for this love of life, was because the Spirit of Jesus was the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that produces new life. The same Spirit that causes us to be born again. This is the Spirit that births life into things. This Spirit as Jurgen Moltmann has wonderfully put it, creates the Vitality of life. The very reason worth living. This was the Spirit of Jesus. This is precisely why Jesus loved life. He celebrated the least of these. He celebrated with sinners. He tells the thief on the Cross that he will be with him in paradise. As much as Jesus move towards the brokenness of the world, he also moved to celebration. Jesus had a vitality, a love of life.
Jesus would have been Pro-life but not by the way that we understand it. I believe wholeheartedly that Jesus would have been against abortion. But, more important then that was Jesus radical life of non-violence. This was Jesus central point around the Sermon On The Mount. Jesus whole point was built around creative justice. The idea of this justice was not meant to retaliate against your oppressor, which shows you are just as evil as they are, but, to disarm yourself and allow them to do it again which exposes their true evil. When we retaliate against others, we validate and justify the violence of our oppressor. Jesus, who fulfills the law, no longer participates in the law of repay evil with evil. Rather, he builds a life of exposing the evil, which puts their smallness in its rightful place.
While many are quick to pull out the Old Testament use of violence as a vindication for violence, it must be noted of all the times God told them not to fight. In the battle where Moses raised his arms, God had spoken to them that they would win if they allowed him to fight for them (Exodus 14:13). In other Old Testament passages you’ll see God tell his people not to fight (2nd Chr. 16) and when they did they would fall to the consequences of violence..
Richard Rohr once said “If you want to see the History of Violence, look at the History of Religion.” Sadly, this is true. We as Christians have not helped ourselves look like Christ. If its not the Crusades, then its in Ireland. If its not in Ireland, it’s the killing of the Anabaptists after the Protestant Reformation. We Christians are chronically good at fighting and making enemies with each other. The only enemy we are called to fight is not flesh and blood but powers and principalities.
This violence, it seems to me, has much more to deal with our own avoidance of our broken humanity. Instead of feeling our own pain, we pick a fight with Homosexuals about whether or not they can get married. Instead of feeling the pain of all of the abuse, starvation and sickness around the world, we pick a fight with someone over their doctrine. As Christianity becomes more polarized, we are at risk of mass violence with each other once again. If we do not learn how to fight for each other, rather than against each other, then our violence will once again serve as the wounds of our brothers and sisters, and as another scar of human history. Jesus called us into non-violence, can we follow?