Thursday, August 07, 2008

Abortion and the Defense of Life

I heard a pastor recently talking about abortion and saying, "We had a civil war over a far less serious matter." I think there is some merit to the underlying principle, but what do we do about it?

If I saw my neighbor getting ready to kill her three-month old, I would step in to protect the life of the little one, and I wouldn't stop with just trying to talk her down. I would physically try to stop her.

If I saw a young lady on her way to abort her baby who was three months along, I would probably talk to her and try to talk her out of it if I knew her, but should I physically stop her to prevent her from killing her baby?

Here's the rub: If we do step in to protect the life of the three-month old and do not step in to protect the life of the three-month pregnancy, aren't we essentially admitting that there is a difference between a first trimester pregnancy and a three-month old?

Is a recognized legal right to kill someone a good reason not to step in and take action?

It reminds me that sin has no easy answers, particularly when it is sanctioned by the government.

2 comments:

Michael C. said...

I think it reflects a larger problem in modern Christianity and the culture at large: we have a hard time believing in things we can't see. (In this regard, free 3D ultrasounds for expectant moms at pregnancy counseling centers are a shrewd idea.)

On the issue of abortion I fear too many of us are like the lawyer in Melville's "Bartelby" who described himself as "an eminently safe man."

Jim Peet said...

Larry, helpful post.

Is this a true statement: "It reminds me that sin has no easy answers, particularly when it is sanctioned by the government." Does the government actually sanction abortion or just permit it? I'm not sure.

I'm personally of the view that "more Gospel" and more crisis pregnancy centers (which are few in number and struggle for support) is the solution.