We had a very respectful discussion in a veterinary group that I am a part of.
Many people are upset over the recent elections. Many people didn’t vote the way they traditionally have.
A big reason for some votes was that the definition of abortion is “the deliberate termination of a pregnancy”. The problem is that definition.
If a woman has a deceased embryo or fetus that is not naturally cleared from the uterus, the medical coding for clearing her uterus is “abortion”. Now that’s not the definition most of us expect.
One of the primary things I took away from that thread was that the medical community needs to come up with better terminology.
Having a D&C due to a non-viable embryo is a whole lot different than a careless person using it as birth control.
Now, as far as scripture, these are the verses God brought before me as I’ve been praying.
“The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”
Genesis 4:10-11 NIV
Death is a result of the fall. We will never outrun it. However when we intentionally end the life of another human being, it makes our current situation in this earth worse.
We must choose love over all other things. You can’t pick and choose whom you will love. You can say you love the unborn, but you must also love the born. The prostitutes, the drug addicts, the orphans, the widows, the elderly, the unkind.
That doesn’t mean you have to take them into your home, but it does mean you can’t simply ignore them.
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘ Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Matthew 5:21-22 NIV
You can’t legislate morality. The Old Testament was full of laws. Christ had to come to earth and endure this place where he was attacked and persecuted to abolish the law. Grace replaced rules. We are each responsible for our own relationship with God, and how we love others is a huge picture of how we are doing with that.
We must change the world one life at a time. One neighbor, one child, one client.
The medical community needs to do better.
We need to love more.
We need to focus on prevention.
Change begins in your own home.
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
Proverbs 10:11-12 NIV
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV