This redefining of certain groups as less than human has happened with slavery in the United States when we racialized slavery and re-defined the personhood of the slaves to mere property or “chattel.”   It happened in Nazi Germany when the evil rhetoric of Hitler’s Mein Kampf started the war of words that would dehumanize the Jews, setting the stage for the horrendous murder of millions of Jews.  It happened in Ruanda as Hutus redefined the personhood of the Tutsis as less than human before slaughtering hundreds of thousands of these innocent people.  It happened in Bosnia-Herzegovina between the three main ethnic/religious groups there, the Muslim Bosniaks, Orthodox Serbs, and Catholic Croats, unleashing simmering tension between the three groups that had been building for decades and setting off a blood-bath resulting in many thousands of deaths.  In fact this hatred of one group of humans against another has been repeated too many times throughout human history to give an adequate recounting of them all here. 

In any case, this is what has happened in Roe vs. Wade when the growing infant in the womb was redefined as less than human and not having the full rights of a human nor the full protection of the law.  I know there are many misguided intricate arguments that say the growing baby in the mother’s womb is less than fully human, and these arguments use intellectual words and sophisticated logic, but the basic fact is that the small, growing fetus cannot be scientifically or rationally described as any other object besides human.  From the very beginning, as the sperm enters the egg, at that moment, the small single cell becomes fully human, having the same DNA that it will have when it is fully grown and living independently outside of the womb years later.  And that DNA distinguishes it from every other living creature as being uniquely and quintessentially human.  Legal distinctions about whether it is a “person” by some rationally arbitrary standard that supposedly smart people apply are just the same arguments used throughout human history to redefine other groups of people as less than human in order to morally justify mistreatment of those people.  But our human arguments do not impress God who looks down from heaven with his perfect, holy eyes and sees the tiny creature in the womb as fully human and completely worthy of His infinite love.

This is why, ever since my eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit, I have been opposed to abortion, feeling compassion for the tiny creature within the womb of its mother.  This tiny creature is completely helpless and completely innocent, depending on the compassion and honorable conscience of others for its life for at least the first few years of its existence.  And it should certainly be able to count on the love and protection of its mother, regardless of the circumstances under which it was conceived.  It did not ask to be conceived, and if there was a crime committed during its conception, it is completely innocent of any blame for that crime, and is, therefore, not deserving of any punishment without due process of law.  While I do not sit in judgment of any woman who finds herself in a dire and horrendous situation and ends up making a choice for abortion, God may not be as compassionate when this poor woman stands before Him to give account of her life to this Holy and Righteous God.  While God loves the woman, He also loves the child within her regardless of the circumstances of the child’s conception.  He treasures every single life that He forms with loving care within the womb and loves thereafter through that creature’s entire life.

I pray that you will walk in the fullness of His Overwhelming Love for you this entire day.

 


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Not always person hood leads us to blood shedding, but the person hood also leads us to brotherhood.

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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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