What Next?

by Tom Andrasi on April 25, 2013

in Hot Topics, life


To reluctantly continue along the lines of my previous post, I’d like to take a moment to consider where as a society we might be headed and what lies in store for us if we continue to be silent concerning the taking of innocent lives through abortion.

If the collective consensus is that abortion is an acceptable alternative up until some arbitrarily determined gestation period, could we not extrapolate from this and hazard a prediction that the next ‘logical’ step will be infanticide?

Before you think I’m stretching this too far, just stop for a moment and consider the facts.

We have already concluded as a nation – for the most part – that a fetus is not in fact a ‘living person’. How else can we allow in utero killing of an infant and not call it murder? If we allow the difference of a few inches in location or  a few weeks in age to define personhood, why not just adjust those boundaries according to the needs of the day?

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to believe that the worlds definition of what constitutes a human life will continue to be modified and adjusted to accommodate our own desires and conveniences.

If infanticide seems like too harsh a word, perhaps we can label it as “post-birth abortion”.  This sounds much less radical and something society can likely become adjusted to since it appears as just an extension of an already accepted practice. Society can hide behind the illusion that no life is being taken, it is only a process which is being aborted.

A second orientation which is gaining ground and moving us down this slippery slope is the alarming level to which euthanasia is being increasingly validated as not just a viable option, but as the most ‘humane’ thing that can be done under certain circumstances. The scariest thing about this is; what authority is or will be defining these circumstances?

It is easy to see how these two agendas will actually work together to accomplish the common goal of making ‘gods’ of ourselves as we claim the right to determine when personhood or life should begin and end.

We must as the church agonize before God over these issues and do what we can to stand for the defenceless and be a voice for the voiceless.

learn to do good;

seek justice,

correct oppression;

bring justice to the fatherless,

plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:17)

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place (Jeremiah 22:3)

Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;

maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.

4  Rescue the weak and the needy;

deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4)

Photo by Nathan Gibbs. Used under Creative Commons License.

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