Another ‘Sanctity of Human Life’ Sunday has arrived and still people refuse to logically consider the reality that pre-born babies are children in the womb. Startling how callous our national heart has become to the needs of these ‘little ones’. Shocking how we so ruthlessly deal with these precious little children while we so delicately cherish our right to choose who lives and who dies and pander our own self-pursuits. Our culture has blinded itself to reality by sacrificing the truth concerning life in the womb.
As a result, we can no longer see how much we share in common with the little ones. We have lost our ability to see and value life in the womb and have become a culture of death.
In this blog, I wish to compare and contrast the only differences that exist between a 30 year old adult and a baby in the womb and appeal to you to defend the sanctity of life from conception to grave. Consider these differences.
First, there is the difference of SIZE. Granted, there is quite a difference in size between a 2 pound baby and a 200 pound man. But, does size alone make us a human possessing the right to life? Ask yourself this question: DOES SIZE DETERMINE humanness? Recently I watched the announcement for the new Guinness Book of World Records acknowledgement of the record for the tallest/shortest men in the world. The tallest man, Sultan Kosen of Turkey, standing a ginormous 8′ 9″, was introduced (for a photo op) to the smallest man, 21 1/2 inch tall Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal. The contrast is breathtaking. Yet, is one MORE human than the other simply because he is bigger? NO! And the same is true with babies. Yes, we are bigger in size. But, that does not mean that they are less human…does it?
Second, there is the difference of the LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT. Think about this: a five year old little boy or girl is not fully developed yet. They are not fully developed emotionally, physically or mentally. Does that mean they are less human than us? NO! The same is true of babies inside their mothers. They are not fully developed yet, but that does not mean that they are less human…does it?
Third, there is the difference of ENVIRONMENT. A baby in the womb and an astronaut in the International Space Station are in completely different environments. Are they both human? Yes. WHERE you are does not change the realities of WHO you are as a person? Babies in the womb AND astronauts in space deserve the same honor and protection as humans, because both of them are. The developmental confinement of babies in the environment of the womb does not make them more or less human…does it?
Fourth, there is the difference of DEGREE OF DEPENDENCY. Some say that babies in the womb aren’t really human yet because they are so dependent on their mothers for life. If this is true, doesn’t it follow that many hospital patients are not human either because of their dependence on IVs, medications or breathing tubes for life? Wouldn’t the mortality rate of those patients be quite high if someone removed the apparatus upon which they were so dependent? A baby’s dependency doesn’t make them more or less human…does it?
Psalm 139 teaches that GOD is responsible for creating life in the womb. HE has determined the degree of dependency. HE has determined the environment. HE has determined the developmental rate. He has determined the size.
Perhaps we would do well to allow HIM to attend to those issues of life and WE should attend to the task of protecting, honoring and preserving that life. What do you think?
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