Goodness Doesn’t Depend on Wanted-ness

The goodness of a child does not depend on whether or not his or her parent(s) want him or her. A parent’s estimation of a child’s value doesn’t actually determine that child’s value. Children aren’t worth only what we think.

They’re worth much more.

The problem with the whole pro-choice worldview (and, yes, they have a worldview – a system of beliefs as solid and rigid as any religion’s) is that one of its bases is the subjectivity of truth. And make no mistake, it’s a rather large base.

If a born child’s worth depends on the parent’s appraisal, said child could be rightly killed whenever he or she disappointed the parent. But when a parent determines an unborn child’s worth, this parent can commit a quiet murder and the pro-choice community applauds.

Remember, there are other manifestations of wantedness-as-worth:

  • eugenics
  • racism
  • child abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • genocide

This is why we must remind each other that a child’s worth is objective, fixed, and inherent in his or her humanity, not in his or her desirability or even usability. People are worth more than our thoughts or feelings about them precisely because they are people. Being human means being made in the image of something much bigger than ourselves.

But sin always tries to turn a human’s worth into a barometer of other’s feelings about them. The gospel, in which Jesus Christ became an unborn child, grew to an adult, lived a sinless life, died a criminal’s death, and rose from the dead, tells us that we are made to know and enjoy God. A human soul in this way has infinite value, because it is linked to its Creator.

A child’s goodness doesn’t depend on his or her wanted-ness. Jesus has already blessed the little children.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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