Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Unborn Killed By Abortion Deserve Same Respect As Virginia Tech Victims

Let me say from the start that an evil, despicable act took place yesterday in Virginia and 33 human beings lost their lives as a result of that evil. My prayers have already gone up to God on behalf of these victims and their families and friends. Their collective pain is unimaginable and profound.

Now a question must be asked.

From God’s objective—and holy—point of view, don't the children who were killed by abortion on the same day as 33 Virginia Tech students were killed deserve equal attention and respect? After all, God declared in His Word (Acts 10:34) that He is not a respecter of persons.

The context of that passage is that God does not show partiality with regard to His mercy or His justice. Deuteronomy 16:19 long ago warned, "Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons . . ." and the second chapter of James makes it clear that God is against unjust partiality. James 2:9 states, "but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."

But some will protest, "Ridiculous! The unborn, specifically fetuses, are not persons! It is outrageous and totally disrespectful to make the comparison you did."

But that’s just the point. The question, “What is the unborn?” needs to be answered. If the unborn are human beings, then they are persons, since no successful argument can be, or has been, advanced to make a valid distinction between human beings and persons.

No society throughout history who has sought to make distinctions between the two has been kindly or respectfully remembered. Neither the Nazis, who made distinction between Jews who they conceded to be human beings but who lacked true personhood under the law; nor the Americans who enslaved Blacks and used them as mere property on grounds they were non-persons; nor any other society or movement in history who possessed equally barbarous attitudes.

Nor does our current society, either on philosophical or theological grounds, consider any such distinctions to be legitimate. Except for a very small number of radical ideologues, most of who insist on such distinctions to justify their bloody agendas of sustaining legalized abortion, few individuals in our “civilized” society would even dare to think of this as a possibility.

So what’s the difference between these victims?

The Virginia Tech victims have a face, a home, a family. Each one has a history which elicit memories, images, and sounds, all of which converge most importantly in the deepness of emotions.
But the unborn brings up a blank in our minds. They have no face, no home, no childhood pictures or happy memories. There are no unique expressions, longings and abilities by which we remember them. It’s as though they never existed—as though they are unreal. We don’t add them to our numbers—they don’t count.

But they are in God’s numbers, surely and certainly. He knew them before they arrived in the womb. He had plans for them, in His mind, from before the beginning of time.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

As with Jeremiah, God foresaw events, times, and places for each one of the loved ones created in His image. He admired their personality, talents and temperament and saw that it was good. He sees and knows each of them in the realm of their total existence, and longs to bring His plan for each one of them into reality. Surely then God has “memories” of a divine sort, and the deepest feelings for His little ones, more especially those whose lives are cut short in the womb by a vicious act of betrayal and execution.

Yesterday, on April 16, 2007, the same day of the massacre at Virginia Tech, about 288 unborn children in Canada were killed utilizing various mechanical and chemical means including dismemberment by cutting, slashing, and ripping; high intensity vacuuming whose product is a mishmash of blood and tissue; and poisoning and burning with various salts and chemicals or injecting lethal chemicals into the heart.

All these are much less humane and swift ways than death by a bullet. Some are agonizingly slow forms of death. Yet there were no headlines in Canada. No shock. No horror.
The formal definition of the word massacre, provided by Webster’s dictionary is:
the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty.
The Virginia Tech massacre is over. 

Canada’s massacre continues and we continue to be silent.
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