We recently had the opportunity to catch up with our friend and My Faith Votes influencer, Seth Gruber.
He is a leading pro-life activist and professional speaker for the Life Training Institute focused on equipping Christians and pro-life advocates to make a gracious and persuasive case for the sanctity of life in the public square.
This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.
Give a little bit of background as to why the pro-life movement is a passion of yours and what you are currently doing.
Life Training Institute does very similar work to My Faith Votes in that we are trying to wake up the bride of Christ to stand in the gap on behalf of truth and preborn children. Anyone who peruses your website will see how central the issue of life is to the heart at the people of My Faith Votes. The right to life is the most fundamental right in which all other rights flow from, which is why it’s such a central issue.
I’m the West Coast director for Life Training Institute, a small, elite team of pro-life speakers. Our goal is to equip the next generation of Christian leaders to be a persuasive voice for the unborn and bring moral and spiritual clarity.
So many issues we are seeing in our country right now are from a lack of moral teaching from the pulpit. There is a very sinister, strange lie that we’re not supposed to be political and that there is no room for the church to put their faith in politics.
This has yielded a lot of negative consequences because the institution that can keep the government accountable is staying silent. Nowhere is that silence more deadly than the issue of abortion. These are children created in the image of God. We can pencil in a circle on a ballot that could quite literally end the genocide of baby image bearers who dwell in the same location that our Savior [did when he] entered human history.
Are you seeing Christians becoming pro-choice in the work you are doing?
Yes, absolutely. There are a few different myths that get shared from new “woke”
Evangelicals on the issue of abortion. The first is that there is no contradiction between their faith and their position. If you believe preborn children are human beings and you believe that human rights have been granted to all humans, you can't deny an entire class of human beings.
The second sort of political message is when people say, “I’m personally pro-life.” They say things like, “I would never personally kill [my] child” and believe they shouldn’t impose their personal or religious pro-life view on others. Unfortunately, this is finding a comfortable home in the minds of many American Christians because of a sort of absence of moral teaching from the pulpit to clarify these issues decisively.
How do people find out more about your work and learn more about how to take better steps to be an active, pro-life Christian?
You can subscribe to my podcast. I unpack ideas, talk to you about what's happening in the country, in the world, why these things matter, why you should care and equip you to engage. You can watch it on YouTube or listen to it anywhere that you get your podcast. You can also book me or one of our speakers on the West Coast.
Lastly, I would say get involved with your local pregnancy research center or another pro-life organization. Donate your time, your energy and your money, like the Good Samaritan did.
My Faith Votes is a nonpartisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. By partnering with national faith leaders, My Faith Votes provides resources to help Christians Pray, Think, and Act to create an America where God is honored in the public square. Learn more at MyFaithVotes.org.