The Daily Show's Trevor Noah Examines a Pro-Life Ethic

by Joshua Carson

Image credit: screenshot from Comedy Central

Image credit: screenshot from Comedy Central

Prophets and preachers have rarely been restricted to pulpits, and they have often been found in unexpected places. Comedian Trevor Noah, who took over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show in September, recently examined the consistency of a pro-life ethic when applied to reducing gun violence.

In the October 5, 2015, show, Noah illustrated what many evangelicals have been saying for a long time–that a "pro-life" ethic must extend beyond protecting human life before birth and must be just as concerned for protecting the lives of people everywhere. In this case, the increasing reality of gun violence in the United States must be recognized as a pro-life issue.  Noah's segment echoes Pope Francis' words to the US Congress on September 24, when he said, "The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels the global abolition of the death penalty … every life is sacred." While the Pope's comments were not specifically directed at the issue of gun violence, the plea for a consistently pro-life ethic is relevant nonetheless.

Noah concluded with this line: "The point is, if pro-lifers would just redirect their powers toward gun violence, the amount of lives that they would save would reach superhero levels. They just need to have a superhero's total dedication to life, because right now they're more like comic book collectors: Human life only holds value until you take it out of the package, and then it's worth nothing."

May we be consistently pro-life.

Joshua Carson is Pastor of Student Ministries at First Baptist Church of Bethlehem, PA, and is a Sider Scholar & Ayres Scholar with ESA while working on his M.Div. at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University.  

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

You May Also Want to Read

Comment policy: ESA represents a wide variety of understandings and practices surrounding our shared Christian faith. The purpose of the ESA blog is to facilitate loving conversation; please know that individual authors do not speak for ESA as a whole. Even if you don\'t see yourself or your experience reflected in something you read here, we invite you to experience it anyway, and see if God can meet you there. What can take away from considering this point of view? What might you add? The comments section below is where you can share the answers to those questions, if you feel so moved. Please express your thoughts in ways that are constructive, purposeful, and respectful. Give those you disagree with the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are neither idiots nor evil. Name-calling, sweeping condemnations, and any other comments that suggest you have forgotten that we are all children of God will be deleted. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.