I try very hard to keep this blog about ministry, and not use it as a political soapbox. That’s what our dining room table is for. But this is not a political issue, and it is not an issue that churches can ignore. Yesterday was the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, a ruling without constitutional basis made by an activist court, which legalized abortion on demand throughout the fifty states. Most of us know by now the Scriptures that support the pro-life position, so I would like to share some additional thoughts on the subject.
Our rights under the Constitution are not absolute. They are negative liberties that end at the point in which they infringe on the rights of another. (Positive liberties mean the right to have or do, and negative mean the right not to have or do. For example, I do not have the right to a car—nobody owes me a car. But I do have the right not to have my car stolen.)
The right to control our own bodies does not extend to the taking of an innocent human life. Libertarians for Life makes an excellent point on the subject, stating, “One’s right to control one’s own body does not allow violating the obligation not to aggress. There is never a right to kill an innocent person. Prenatally, we are all innocent persons.” In other words, control of our own bodies is not a right if it deprives someone else of their right not be harmed.Also, at no point should governments be handed the power to determine that a person is not a person, or that said person is unworthy of equal protection under the law. A government that can choose to grant personhood and protection to a man at will can likewise steal the life and liberty of the same.
All of the hyperbolic speeches that have ever been made about the right to choose do not negate the inherent right-to-life of all innocent human beings and cannot justify state sanctioned murder. May God forgive us for so easily surrendering the rights that He has granted!