Tuesday, April 2, 2013

With a straight face

It really is true that we reap what we sow. So for the discerning mind, what we are seeing now in our culture is clearly a reaping of what we sowed a generation ago (and much farther back). Bad fruit doesn't grow overnight.

Enter Planned Parenthood, that organization that provides all of those "other services" that are necessary to women's health. Abortion services—or whatever euphemism they gave it—count for such a small percentage of their overall health care services that we shouldn't even bother attacking them because it would be offensive to women who need those services. Right? I guess that's why they sent a lobbyist to argue in favor of a mother being able to kill her baby after a botched abortion. That's one of those "other services."

In a recent Florida legislative session, Planned Parenthood sent Alisa LaPoit Snow to testify in opposition to a proposal that would require a doctor to provide care to an infant whom an abortion failed to kill. Honestly, it's hard believe that this is a real situation. The madness of it all—I guess a human life has enough dignity to live if it survives an abortion attempt. Planned Parenthood opposes even that, if your finite brain can fathom such a concept. The testimony of Ms. Snow speaks for itself:
Rep. Jim Boyd: "So, it's just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I'm almost in disbelief. If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child who is struggling for life?"
Snow: "We believe that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician."   
I missed the day in school in which they taught the mental gymnastics that makes this all seem rational. Really, it's something. Now all of this is quite horrifying, but it's not very surprising. Since the Garden of Eden, people have been telling God what they should and shouldn't be able to do to their bodies—it's their body, remember?—while at the same time believing Satan's lies about what would be best for their bodies. It's a familiar story. So I am not surprised that women are now saying they ought to be allowed to say what happens to other peoples' bodies. It's funny how idolatry works that way—it's never satisfied because it can't be satisfied, apart from Christ.

Self-idolatry is the oldest trick in the book, and it doesn't take long for the autonomy and control of self-idolatry to extend to the control and autonomy of others. And it's not a feminism thing, either; just a different manifestation of the same disease. Macho chauvinists would do the same thing to women over whom they could exert control. Then the feminist movement (rightly so) figured out how to escape such oppression. But, seeing as they had also been sowing the seeds of self-idolatry in their heart, they fell into the same pattern. Only this time the people they subjected and controlled were even more helpless and vulnerable than they were.

The cycle continues; it's not hard to detect, if you look closely. It's ironic when you think about it for a bit—the similarities between the two situations are striking, and they run deep. At one point, some of the men in society viewed women as sub-human, property over which they had control. To them, women were to be subservient to men because they were not created equal; they did not possess the same dignity of personhood as men. The exact same mindset plagues the philosophy behind abortion. Fetuses are sub-human; they have no dignity. This is no accident—it is all related to what we have been sowing since the Fall. And only repentance has ever brought anyone out of that situation.

If you think that abortion is a horrific sin of our society, you do well. But don't stop there. Abortion is a judgment by God for the evils that have already been sown. We take pro-choice to the extreme because, at the end of the day, we do not submit our choices to God. We abuse our power over the powerless because our hearts are hungry for the power that only God has.

So that's how someone can get up in front of a legislative body and with a straight face say that a woman ought to be able to kill a living, breathing baby right in front of her. And the only way to get rid of this fruit forever is to take the axe to the root—self idolatry. We can only do this, though, through repentance and faith in Christ. We must have a new root, a different root. The Root of David. So please, come to Christ.

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