Sanctity of Human Life Sunday: Reflections

Our society worships the gods of sex, convenience, and freedom and makes human sacrifices on the altars of abortion. I know it’s controversial. But we need to call it what it is — murder. And deep down, I’m convinced we know exactly what we’re doing.

At the same time, none of this can be used to ignore for one moment the very real, tough, and distressing situations that many expectant mothers face — the sort of circumstances that prompt so many mothers to consider abortions in the first place. As much as we care for the life the baby, we should care about the welfare of the mother. And we should extend grace to those who have had abortions.

Finally, as evangelicals, we must work towards a more wholistic and consistent ethic of life. “Sanctity of life” should mean all life, certainly pre-born babies’ lives, but not *just* pre-born babies’ lives. Until we do so, our fervent cries on behalf of life will ring hollow with the reverberations of hypocrisy.

Ethics. Compassion. Consistency. #SOHLS

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Abortion and the Beginning of Personhood

In a previous post, I made a paper I wrote last semester for Ethics class entiled A Scriptural Evaluation on the NT Believer’s Use of Tattoos and Body Piercings available for download. Another paper that I wrote for this class was on the issue of abortion. It was a brief paper, so I narrowed my topic to the specific issue of when personhood begins. In other words, I sought to answer the question, when is the fetus a person, or, when does it become a person. The reason the answer to this question is so important is because it is the watershed issue of the abortion debate. It determines whether or not the killing of the fetus is murder (the killing of an innocent person) or simply exterminating matter.
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