DOES IT MATTER WHAT A CANDIDATE BELIEVES ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE?

It is interesting, to say the least when one considers things that have been said on the subject of human life, especially the life of babies in the mother’s womb. When a Senate candidate from Missiouri discussed the subject of abortion in cases of “Legitimate rape” it brought on a degree of panic. It seems to me that when there is a discussion of the subject of abortion it is important to say at the outset that the real discussion doesn’t center around exceptional situations. No one who hasn’t had the experience of a family member being raped and getting pregnant as a result of the rape, can know for sure what they would do if it happened. But what I’m absolutely sure about is that the number of abortions that happen in this country each day that are the result of rape is an exceedingly small percentage of the total number being had. Add to that the number of abortions that happen as a result of the life of the mother being put in danger and you still are dealing with a minuscule percentage of the total. Even if you add the number which happen because the child is severely deformed in some way, you still have an extremely small percentage of the abortions. While it is interesting to discuss what should happen in those rare cases and decide what is right or wrong. But to center the discussion of abortion or the sanctify of human life on these rare cases is foolish.

The real question is whether it is right or wrong to have an abortion simply as a means of birth control. It is whether or not abortion is wrong when it is used as a means of choosing the sex of the child that is to come. It seems mind boggling to me that any woman would think it is morally right to destroy the baby because it is a little girl instead of a little boy. What amazes me is that someone can say something stupid on the side of abortion being wrong and they are chastised by everyone that can be found. But the most radical views imaginable can be expressed on the idea that abortion is acceptable and no one seems to get excited. The notion that one can get rid of a baby at any point during the pregnancy even to the point when the child could live outside the womb and has to be put to death by the doctor when it is ready to come through the birth canal, is not a matter of women’s rights. It is human rights. The reality is when abortion becomes a way of life that is accepted among people generally it depreciates the value of all human life.

If you can get rid of a child at any point during the pregnancy because it isn’t convenient for the mother to have a child, then how far are we from the day in this country when we decide it is all right to get rid of the older person who can’t take care of themselves any more? Then it won’t be far before the notion will be acceptable that if one is born with major physical or mental deficiencies then get rid of them. How far will we be then from the idea that anyone that doesn’t seem to be of value to others or to society can just be eliminated.

The basis of the view that human life is valuable and that it is wrong to take the life of another person is that we are made in the image of God and are endowed with an immortal soul. If we deny the unique place of humanity as being the height of creation and of special value before God then it isn’t any real difference between killing any animal, whether dog, cat or chicken, cow or deer. When a person doesn’t believe in God, creation or the unique place of man, they have no real basis for believing the killing of a human is any different than killing any other animal. The further we as a society move toward unbelief, the further we go in it being all right to kill babies in the womb, or out of the womb. Where do we think the line will be drawn as to what is wrong under all circumstances? Will we reach the stage that the convenience of the woman is more important than the life of the child, whether in the womb or on the playground?

The question that intrigues me is that if you believe that the life of every person is important and is to be protected, then will that belief affect who you vote for in a few weeks? If not, why not?

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
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