The Daily Show's Trevor Noah Examines a Pro-Life Ethic
by Joshua Carson
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.