I am going to take on a hard one here. The big “A”. I have been in a conversation with some Christian friends of mine about the current healthcare reform now being debated in congress and around the country. Some of my friends said the following: “I can’t support this reform as it might allow some to have abortions funded”! I, certainly am also against abortion. It is killing an innocent life and definitely against Jesus’ teachings.
But how do Christian who make abortion a litmus test for everything else answer these typical questions by some:
You Christians only believe in the sanctity of life in the nine months before birth, not in the eighty years or more after birth. You are a bunch of hypocrites!
To support their statement they give the following examples:
- You support killing people who commit certain types of sins (murder, rape, etc). You say Jesus came to die for all of us. That we are all loved by him. Does that include just some sinners and not others? And didn’t God say “Vengeance is mine” not yours?
- You will eliminate the possibility of saving thousands of lives who otherwise be lost to health issues in order to “maybe” save some fetuses. What about all those people who die daily due to not being able to afford healthcare? Are they somehow less important to your god than those yet to be born?
- You condone and often enthusiastically support killing your neighbor in a war simply because your government tells you to kill. It doesn’t matter that they are your “enemy” simply because they were born in a different country than you and are also following what their politicians say!
- Where do you get off classifying which lives are sanctified and which aren’t? You are a bunch of hypocrites!
I don’t know of any pat answers for the above examples. Jesus clearly said that revenge is no longer justified and an eye-for-an-eye is no longer acceptable in the new covenant he brought to us. He told us unequivocally to love our enemies, and turn the other cheek. Again and again in the Bible Jesus tells us to follow his example . To my knowledge Jesus never passed judgment, except for the religious establishment of course, on anyone let alone killing anyone. God said “Do not kill”. My bible doesn’t add “except for time of war or really bad guys”. I definitely think the Amish, Mennonites, and other like minded sects have it right in this regard. About the only thing Jesus killed was a fig tree for not having fruit out of season? I don’t understand that one but will let it slid as it is not important to my following Christ.
Are we Christians being hypocrites when we want to enforce only our limited definition of “Sanctity of Life”? I am tending to think so but I will respect your right to think otherwise. This is a very difficult issue between the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world.
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You know I agree with you here RJ. I think the real key may be in your last statement. I realized a few months ago that the model of becoming a naturalized citizen of a new country actually makes sense here. When you become a naturalized citizen of the US one of the points in your oath is that you renounce the claim of your former nationality on your military service, and you agree to serve in the military of the US (I don’t know if there is a provision for conscientious objectors or not). Similarly, when we become citizens of the Kingdom of God, ought we not renounce the claims of earthly militaries on our bodies? It’s worth consideration…