I had a really bad night recently due to consuming way to much guacamole. Awake in the wee hours of the morning, I found myself on the internet waiting for indigestion to go away and I came across a video entitled "Aaron" from LifeSiteNews.com. Rather than share it on Facebook I decided to write this since we share stuff all the time and I keep wondering if all we are doing is talking past each other instead of to each other. I want to explain the video before I give the link to avoid anyone who might be hurt or offended from watching it before knowing what it's about.
The video shows a mom waking her son up on his birthday, then taking him to the park where he plays. The mother turns to a book while he swings and when she looks up the child is gone. After a brief search of the area she frantically calls her husband who explains, "We don't have a son, we decided not to have him. You do this every year, I'm sorry I forgot it was today." It's a pretty powerful pro-life message and got me thinking about the reason abortion is such a divisive and volatile issue.
Aaron is pretty self-explanatory from a pro-life position: the video shows the pro-life position that a pregnancy is more than a blob of tissue attached to the woman, more than a potential life, and more than a choice. A pregnancy is two (or more) lives- a fact which has repercussions for everyone if that particular truth ever becomes clear to the culture as a whole. Interestingly science has brought us closer and closer to a confrontation with amazing advances in neonatal care, DNA research and the development of ultrasound technology. All of these advances has made it nearly impossible to argue that anything other than a separate human life is residing within the womb of every pregnant female.
Abortion advocates have had to ignore scientific evidence and resort to the last possible argument of "rape and incest" to excuse what appears to be a lust for the innocent blood of the unborn. As if the traumas of rape and incest would somehow be eased by another traumatic event in the poor woman's (or girl's) life, these folks take events that make up a small percentage of abortions performed each year to attempt to justify abortion as a whole.
So we are left with the "it's my body, it's my choice" argument which brings us back to the science showing the little guy or gal inside of you is NOT your body. At this point our discussion tends to become circular with most pro-abortion people calling the pro-lifers some epithet that implies we are Bible-thumping neanderthals trying to turn the good old USA into a theocracy. And while many on the pro-life side have put their money where their mouth is (opening crisis pregnancy centers, volunteering at them, even adopting) the only thing we see from the pro-abortion lobby is vitriol toward those who oppose their position. (And of course trying to force us on the pro-life side to support Planned Parenthood through our tax dollars.)
Finally, we are left with the moral argument: Is abortion wrong from a moral standpoint? I do believe the vast majority on both sides know deep inside themselves that abortion is wrong but try with varying degrees of success to quiet that still, small voice because it has implications for more than the issue of abortion. Paul Little, in the book Know Why You Believe, recounts the story of a student who tells the author that his (Little's) presentation of Christianity has answered all the questions that student had about the issue.
"So you are going to become a Christian?" Little asked.
"Oh no, that would screw up the way I'm living."
Sadly I believe too many in this country have the same attitude and prefer turning a blind eye to the issue while pretending ignorance. History will show them to be on the wrong side as many were during three past moral crises during this nation's history:
Slavery was a moral issue according to the abolitionists while many in the slave states viewed it as an economic issue.
Civil rights was a moral issue confronted by many in the clergy while governments in the south tried to keep the old segregationist system in place.
The Nazi's extermination of millions of Jews and others they found undesirable was a moral issue as well- one that the US was late to recognize but eventually aided in ending Hitler's reign of terror.
I believe there are spiritual laws in this world and that they are as valid as the physical laws. Defying physical laws can have immediate and long-term consequences. Defying spiritual laws can have immediate, long-term, and eternal consequences. Unbelief in the spiritual laws is no more a way to avoid consequences than stepping off a 100 story skyscraper while saying, "I don't believe in gravity."
There is a price to be paid for ignoring the spiritual (moral) laws of the universe. It will be paid somewhere down the road in the history of this nation or eternally. (Or both)