Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
What is that? Seriously, what is that?
That is a picture of a bumper sticker that I see quite regularly. Truthfully, it disgusts me. Why? Because it reflects a prevailing attitude that I simply cannot support. I know that may sound extreme, but so is this bumper sticker.
However, lets take a step back. Various companies, radio stations, and activist groups, use bumper stickers as a way to advertise, or get a particular message out. Some companies have stickers with messages that I can support. Others, such as above, I cannot even justify. I have to admit, I am glad that the company I work for doesn’t ask its employees to put a company bumper sticker on our vehicles. Its enough the company owned trucks and trailers have the name and logo on them, and that is advertising enough.
So what about this sticker? Why is it disgusting? There are a couple of reasons, and it might just be easier to number them. So, that is what I am going to do.
1. Margaret Sanger. If you have paid attention to American politics, this name should ring a bell. This is the woman whom Hillary Clinton claims to admire. What was she? A eugenicist, racist, and regular visitor to the KKK. Here are two of her quotes:
“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.”
There is not a single ounce of context in which either of these two statements could ever be justified. Sanger is attributed with spear-heading the legalization of abortion. It is her belief’s that are reflected in the above pictured sticker. This is pure evil, and there is no indication that she ever changed her position, even upon death.
In fact, according to Priest For Life, Sanger’s plan for the entire genocide of those who were not caucasion in ethnicity. This alone is enough to oppose the belief espoused by that sticker, and also to oppose those who admire those who support such beliefs.
2. Murder and pregnant women. This should be common sense, but it apparently isn’t. The United States has laws which indicate that if a pregnant woman is murdered, and her unborn child cannot be saved, then the accused murderer will stand trial for two counts of murder. Hypocritically, if a woman decides to have an abortion, it is not murder, rather it is choice. This is completely illogical. How can it be choice if the mother wants to kill her unborn child, yet it is a double murder charge if a pregnant woman is killed? I have yet to get a straight answer on this, and I probably don’t want one, as it would only serve to demonstrate just how depraved our society has become.
3. The Bible. If you know me, you knew that I would get to this. I will start by saying that in the Lutheran church, we tend to steer clear of those issues that are not addressed by scripture. This is a very good practice, in theory. In actuality, it doesn’t work out so well, as scripture touches upon many issues that are quite common today. That includes abortion.
In Exodus 21:22,23, we read “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life”.
God values life. This should be quite clear. Mischief, as spoken of in this text, is often referred to has if the child is born prematurely and dies, or the child is born prematurely and the mother dies, or possibly both. At no point does the Bible indicate that God accepts the murder of children, including the unborn. Indeed, did not Christ Jesus say to his disciples “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them”? When you consider that God gave the command of “Do not commit murder”, which is the wanton killing of somebody, often for the sake of convenience, there is no justification for abortion among those who consider themselves Christians. Addionally, God also gave the command “Do not commit adultery”, which is the command most violated, leading to the desire by some to kill their unborn child, a sacrifice to convenience.
Alas, depravity rears its ugly head in many ways in our society. The sticker above is but one example. Are there cases where abortion is acceptable? I am not one blur the line in stone. I know that people have tried to rationalize this, with every manner of argument, from rape to incest. There are even arguments of medical necessity. However, given our modern knowledge of medicine, the medical necessity argument is extremely limited, and the option of adoption rules out any other argument. Some may argue that I would force a woman to keep a child that she doesn’t want, yet I would argue to that to permit abortion only makes you an accomplice to murder, as that unborn child is still a human being, and has a right to life. However, if it helps, several prominent American politicians are now trying to argue for “post-term” abortion, that is the outright murder of a child after they are born. Yes, depravity rears its ugly head.
Those who have had an abortion, and those who have performed an abortion, are sinners just like the rest of us. Even this sin can be forgiven. However, as Christ Jesus said to the woman caught in the act of adultery, so too must we all “go and sin no more”. This means living in repentance, and seeking not to commit those same sins again. This may mean losing a job, but is a job in which murder is commonplace a job worth keeping?
Christ Jesus died upon the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins. However, we are not to live lives of constant sin. No. We must strive to live as God has called us to, putting aside sin in favor of his perfect law, which we are unable to keep. If we live lives of repentance, we are truly forgiven, even of this.
By the way, if you have one of those stickers, you should remove it, as you are only encouraging sin.