I’ve noticed that political commentators (on both the left and the right) have a tendency to look down their noses at their opponents, treating them and their opinions as if they have lesser value. If you have watched or listened to various commentary shows, including those that you will find on NPR, these commentators tend to create straw man caricatures of their opponents that bear little or no resemblance to reality.  I’m guessing from what I have personally heard on these shows that they probably don’t even know any real people of opposing viewpoints and don’t want to.  This attitude is, of course, what most common people would call prejudice.  And because they don’t know any real people of opposing views, they imagine in their fevered dreams all the worst characteristics, probably egged on by Satan.  This is one of Satan’s oldest tricks, encouraging us to have a distorted image of the “other” person, whomever they may be.  This distorted image that we then carry around in our prejudiced thinking becomes the justification for whatever insults and abuse we hurl at the other group, because, after all, “they aren’t REALLY human and are therefore of less value than us and our kind.”  This is the same deceitful trick that Satan has used in some of his most wicked triumphs because, once we begin to think of another human being as anything less than human, our already weak consciences allow us to commit all sorts of atrocities. 

Satan has used this trick many times in human history, many of those incidents in this very country.  The treatment of our fellow human beings as less than human occurred during: the Jim Crow era in the southern U.S.; the various race riots in the northern U.S. when whites in the north resented the influx of blacks from the south seeking opportunity and better treatment;  the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII; the mistreatment of Mexican-Americans in the Zoot Suit Riots, which were fueled by the “Sleepy Lagoon murder” in which people in authority unjustly incarcerated, tried, and punished a group of young Latino men without much regard to their rights nor to the empirical evidence of the death of José Gallardo Diaz; the mistreatment of Native Americans during our “Manifest Destiny” virtual free-for-all as Americans started thinking that God had given us carte blanche to do as we pleased without moral boundaries in order to settle the land; the subsequent Trail of Tears and the various shoddy “treaties” which tended to push Native Americans onto land that we really didn’t want anyway; the uniquely racist form of American slavery

Furthermore, you see this dehumanization of our fellow humans in the modern “right” to abortion, the right to slaughter innocent babies in the name of convenience, treating these precious lives like vermin or like a wart that you want removed;  make no mistake about it, abortion is an abomination to God; it is never right; it is never permissible.  Thankfully, our God is forgiving, accepting the Precious Blood of Jesus as Just Payment for any sin we have committed or will commit, so long as we accept Jesus as our part of the Covenant.  But murder is wrong, especially the shedding of innocent blood.  As part of our Natural Rights, we are allowed to kill another human being in self defense if we are attacked unjustly, without provocation, and when no other form of deterrence will work or, if in the terror of the moment, we have to make a quick decision, thinking our demise is imminent.  And the Bible also makes provision for the taking of a life in just payment for cold-blooded murder, but only after a fair trial with valid witnesses or ample evidence.  These rights do not extend to the taking of a baby’s life, even after incest or rape.  The citation of incest or rape is simply a deceitful Satanic trick, the proverbial “camel’s nose under the edge of the tent,” having little basis in reality.  But even if there were some kind of huge problem with women and girls being raped or molested, then that would signal much bigger problems in our society of the dehumanization of women, such as you have in Islamic countries, but it would still not justify the taking of the baby’s life. 

This is why modern feminism has lost its moral direction, descending into an arbitrary package of political issues rather than true morality.  In the old days, the founding members of the feminist movement were all against abortion because they understood that, to have moral validity in their argument for equal rights, they had to live their values, the highest value being to honor all life.  They understood that, to devalue the life of an infant, they would then become hypocrites in their demands for equal rights on the basis that they were of equal value to all men, their lives being of equal value to a man’s life.  You simply cannot make such an argument and then turn around and say any other human being is of less value than you.  A baby of any race or ethnic group is an innocent, frail creature, a unique creation of God, a gift of life to the rest of humanity as they are full of possibilities to grow and bless others in some unique way, no matter who they are or what their talents.  Of course, some grow to waste their lives, consistently making sinful and selfish choices, but there is no way that you can simply look at a baby and know how that life will turn out regardless of the circumstances they are born into.  There have been countless lives born into humble or harsh circumstances, yet they grew into great people that blessed the rest of humanity.  Even our Lord Jesus was born into such humble circumstances.  Therefore, how can you play God and make a decision about the value of that life in its very beginning?  Every baby has great possibility because of the incredible talents and capabilities that God has put into every single human life. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray you will have a blessed day, remembering all the blessings you have from your Loving Creator, the greatest gift being life itself.  I pray that you will return love and gratitude to our Lord for all these blessings. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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