Several decades ago, the now sainted Mother Theresa of India, famously said, at the Washington National Prayer Breakfast, "Well you know, you have your genocide in America, too." She was referring to the fact that in America some millions of infants in their mothers' wombs have their lives taken from them before their birth, by conscious medical procedures.
Across the land, many are afraid to openly confess that that procedure is an act of killing a child who is alive, and is a human being. In church, we skirt the issue. In polite society, we fall back on the fact that our national law, in the Roe v. Wade decision of our Supreme Court, has made it law.
We justify it because the highest court has decided that in the conflict of two rights, the one of a woman's personal decision to not give birth to the baby she has conceived supercedes the right of the youngest and most innocent human being to claim the life he or she has been given.
The issue is deeply theological. Who give this mysterious gift we call life? We human beings are not the givers of life. We are the instrument, the channel, through whom God give His ultimate gift. This has everything to do with His sacred gift of sexual intercourse within "the holy bond of marriage."
God, from the beginning, had His plan for giving life to the world. For creating children and a human race to be His family, His friends on earth. We are disrupting God's will and gift - the very basis of our human existence - by our so willfully interrupting and betraying His plan. We subvert the sacred meaning of marriage and the sacred call to give children birth in the world.
And now the media work hard to strike fear into our hearts that the latest judge to be nominated for the Supreme Court may be willing to join others in striking down the law that for these decades has permitted human beings to legally take the life of an unborn child.
Our society has strayed away from the loving will and the gift that God has given to fulfill and make stable our lives and the life of the human race.
Many things are true that are no longer defended by law. God's commandment says, "Thou shalt not commit murder" - ie. no "taking of life." Yet, we do it in war, in criminal justice as punishment, indeed in any of the ways we take life.
Our justification for taking life is based on an Enlightenment philosophy that asserts than man is the supreme authority in the world. Man's rational judgment and will in all things. Rather than on God's command and gift. In all of this we turn away from God. We reject His will in favor of our own.
He constantly calls us back to Him. He calls us to repent and believe the Gospel, "the Good News."
We struggle in the midst of these compromised lives of ours. And our lives will remain a struggle. But, where we can see our way clearly and honestly, let us take the way of God's gift, God's will, God's love. Especially in the most fundamental things of LIFE, and its precious gift to us all, from the heart and hand of God.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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