No common ground
In his letter to the church at Colosse, the Apostle Paul warned the
faithful believers to be on guard for those who speak with eloquence,
but whose message is corrupt and evil. His purpose was "so that
no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." It is
becoming increasingly clear that as our country has lost its grip on
its Godly underpinnings and has forsaken a solid biblical worldview,
our ability as a people to resist this trap has greatly deteriorated.
Consider as evidence the reaction of many Americans to our president's
recent remarks on the most crucial human rights issue of our
time. In addressing abortion during a commencement speech,
President Barack Obama appeared to humbly propose attempting to find
"Remember that each of us, endowed with the dignity possessed by all
children of God, has the grace to recognize ourselves in one another;
to understand that we all seek the same love of family and the same
fulfillment of a life well-lived." Does President Obama not
realize how twisted of a statement that is for him to make, given that
his policies facilitate the destruction of human dignity in the
womb? If we are all endowed by God with the right to experience
the fulfillment of a life well-lived, Mr. President, why do you
continue to advocate limiting that right to merely those who are
Yet media sources across the country had high praise for Obama's
"eloquence" on the issue. To them I would simply point out that a
steaming pile of excrement, eloquently presented, is still a steaming
pile of excrement.
To illustrate, let's suppose I made the audacious suggestion that we
begin allowing families to choose the execution of their dependent
great-grandparents. These elderly folks are not productive
members of society, they are a financial and emotional drain on a
family's resources, and they drive big cars with large emissions,
making our planet less livable. Or perhaps I suggest allowing
families to choose the execution of their physically or emotionally
handicapped children. They tried their best to provide for these
kids, but they had no idea the burden they would end up being.
Financially, emotionally, it's just too much for them.
Though I would be using the same logic as the abortion crowd, you would
hopefully recoil in disgust at my depraved and inhuman proposals.
So in response, suppose I offered to "find common ground" with
you. How about a waiting period? You have to wait 30 days
after your initial decision to kill your grandparents. That's
more reasonable, right? Or we could have a familial consent
law? You must have unanimous approval from your immediate family
to go through with the execution. Better yet, a post-birth
version of the ultrasound law: you have to watch a 30-minute video of
your grandparents knitting, crocheting, and watching TV before you have
Do these compromises make my suggestion more agreeable to you? Of
course not. And why? Because you recognize that life itself
is worth protecting, not because of what it can do, or how easy it is
to deal with, or whether it's "wanted," or whether it's financially
independent. It's worth protecting simply because it's life...and
there is intrinsic worth in every human being.
That is why there is and can be no "common ground" on the issue of
abortion. Waiting periods, parental consent, ultrasound
laws...they all end up with the same result: "Do these things, and then
you can kill the baby." To Americans who have grown up in a
country predicated upon defending the defenseless and recognizing what
even Barack Obama himself calls the dignity of life given to us by God,
this is unacceptable.
Scientifically, medically, spiritually, there is no longer any question
that human life begins at the moment of conception. And therefore
we are compelled to defend it from that point, not find common ground
with those who wish to allow its destruction...even if they make their
proposals with what Paul called "fine-sounding arguments."
Obama may speak with high platitudes and with soaring rhetoric.
But if we as a people lack the ability to see through such eloquence
and examine the content of what is being said, rather than the mere
presentation of how it is said, God help us.
Contact: Peter Heck
Date: May 28, 2009
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