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Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives brought forth legislation that would require doctors to provide medical care to any child born alive following an attempted abortion. In other words, if someone tried to have an abortion, but in spite of that effort the child was born alive, it would have to be treated as if it were a living person. (Wow! That seems really perverted just seeing it stated directly.)
When that bill was brought to a vote in the House, it passed (barely) with a vote of 220-210. That’s right! Even though it passed, 210 U.S. Representatives voted against the bill. In other words, they wanted it to be legal to go ahead and kill a baby after it was already born.
But that’s not the end of the story. After the bill passed in the House, the Vice President of the United States blasted the legislators who voted for it, then called the bill itself “extreme.” I’m not making this up.
A few weeks later, the bill was brought up in the U.S. Senate and they voted 53-44 on a cloture vote that would allow it to be brought up for an actual vote. Even though it got a slight majority, cloture requires 60 votes to pass, so the Senate never actually voted on the bill itself. (Of course, even if it had passed the Senate, the president had already signaled his intention to veto it and there were not enough votes to override a veto.)
It is absolutely unbelievable that these days there is an entire political party that is so committed to abortion that they are even willing to allow for the killing of already born children. Personally, I find that difficult to even comprehend, but it is the situation we find ourselves in.
So how, exactly, does someone rationalize summary execution of an already born baby? As a Christian, I believe that human life is sacred. But people who hold naturalistic worldview beliefs don’t start with biblical values. In fact, they don’t even accept biblical values. Their beliefs don’t acknowledge even the existence of objective moral beliefs, so they must make up their own morality (and, of course, it ends up corresponding to their personal preferences).
But this begs the question: Why are these folks so committed to the cause of abortion? And the answer to that question is not hard to tease out.
First, Naturalists don’t believe in God. They believe that the natural universe, operating by natural laws, is all that exists. With that as a starting point, to them, human beings are nothing more than natural animals. Additionally, they believe that there is no such things as objective moral laws. So, when it comes to the topic of sexuality, they believe that humans are nothing more than natural animals, and they want to be able to act like natural animals without any kind of moral accountability. They especially don’t want to have to be accountable to “God and His rules” when it comes to sexual behavior. With no moral rules, they don’t have to feel guilty about having sex with anyone at any time.
And when it comes to abortion, since they believe human beings are purely natural animals with no objectively real spiritual part (soul), killing a human baby is morally no more a problem than killing a roach. If having a child is going to cause some kind of inconvenience, there is nothing immoral about eliminating it. (Of course, that kind of thinking has pretty serious implications in other arenas, as well. With that moral foundation, virtually anything is okay if you can get away with it.)
The only problem for the pro-abortion crowd is that Naturalism does not represent reality. God actually does exist and He has revealed Himself and His ways to mankind. Human beings are persons created in His image and are highly valued by Him. Denial of reality does not eliminate reality.
I would hate to be the one standing before God one day trying to justify beliefs that contradict His revelation of Himself using a belief system that has nothing to back it up beyond my own personal opinion. Not a good position to be in.
Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books entitled The Truth Mirage, Rules for Christians Radicals, Liberalism vs. Conservatism, and his latest book Shattering the Truth Mirage and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication, and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.
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