Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Are We Any Better? by Leslie

Some random thoughts on abortion:

Being seven months pregnant myself, you can imagine my horror today at reading in World magazine of how a pastor's wife who was 7 months pregnant, was recently dragged into an abortion clinic where her baby was poisoned to death. Within twenty-four hours, sixty other pregnant women from the same province were also brought in against their will, one who was reported to be 9 months pregnant.
"A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more."
Matthew 2:18 ESV
I wonder what the pro-abortion camp thinks about abortion rights when they hear a story like that. Does it really make us feel better to say to ourselves: "If only those poor women could live in a land of freedom like the United States; a land where just laws protect against such barbaric procedures; a land where everyone is protected, rich and poor, old and young...well wait, where almost everyone is protected?"

Shouldn't we hear about that story and think: "If only those babies were conceived in a land of freedom and justice where laws protected the innocent from barbaric death, a land unlike our own."

One radio liberal who was lamenting the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the partial-birth abortion ban, commented: "Don't people know that the other forms of abortion done late are just as atrocious, such as dismembering." I was wondering if the other liberals in the room were at that moment giving the speaker the evil eye, as to say: "Shush, let's not talk about that."

At some point, we all have to face the truth that what goes on in the United States is not that different. There is the whole element of millions of couples in China who want to have more babies aren't allowed to. But when it comes down to it, babies are being killed. For a woman, there is an element of pain to both. In one case, it was done against the woman's will. I can't imagine how terrible it would be. But we also have to consider, how does the woman feel for the rest of her life who voluntarily had the abortion? They are very different kind of grief and I have a hunch that one is actually easier to heal from than the other.

In an article on the Virginia Tech shootings, there was a timeline listing the many major shootings that had happened in the United States. The first one listed was from August, 1966, where Charles Whitman opened fire at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14 people. The article says 14 people, when one of the 14 was an unborn baby. So I said to may husband: "I'm confused, why does it say 14 people and not 13 people plus one mass of cells that had the potential of someday becoming a person?" His answer was very apt: "Because this happened before 1973." Oh, I get it now.

We know that the rest of the world thinks of us a Christian nation. Because of this, I really believe that we are partly responsible for the atrocities that go on in other parts of the world concerning abortion. They look at us and see that we think it's okay. We don't feel the need to protect unborn children who are inconvenient. Isn't it hypocritical for us to then look disapprovingly at the Chinese when they take it just a little further? Those 60 children were inconvenient to the Chinese government. There are too many people in China (sarcastic) and the government doesn't want any more babies. Who are we to judge? Are we any better, we who have a Christian heritage and a church on every corner? We should know better.
For, as it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
Romans 2:24 ESV
The Chinese world is watching. It reminds me of a church bulletin board I read recently (I usually detest church bulletin boards):
"Sin will always take you farther than you want to go."
I know many couple are adopting from China and this has to be a huge testimony to the Chinese government. I know many individual Christians are doing all they can to stop abortions. I don't mean to condemn every individual but our society and nation. We can not think we are so much better than those communists.

Abortion is palatable to our society when it's voluntary. But something being voluntary doesn't make it any less barbaric.

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