No time for a ‘real’ post, just four items in a kind of moral smash-up derby:
1) The American people continue to move to the pro-life perspective on abortion… 86% of Americans would significantly restrict abortion… more Americans identify as pro-life than as pro-choice
3) [BHO] met privately with Pope Benedict XVI [and]… “explicitly expressed his commitment to reducing the numbers of abortions…” Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute estimates government funding of abortion increases abortion by 20 to 35 percent… If the heath-care package… is passed, the result will be 240,000 to 420,000 more abortions* in the first year alone.
*For perspective, that’s the equivalent of two new 9-11′s per week year-round, forever (2,819 deaths)… in addition to the 9-11-scale slaughter that takes place every 20.5 hours in the U.S. already. Didn’t we used to say ‘never again’?
4) “When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine… But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life…” (Exodus 21:22-23)**
**I must emphasize — emphatically, if only so zealots on the other side don’t find a foothold from which to twist my meaning — that this passage was never (nor should it ever be interpreted as) a call to vigilante justice. Nor was it carried out (or meant to be carried out) rigidly or universally, even at the time. (Subsequent scriptural context in the same chapter talks about mercy, as well it should.)
The OT law exists to show us that we are all sinners saved by grace. (Get by on this one and start feeling smug and self-righteous, and you’ll quickly trip over several other laws, probably without even realizing it. We all will.)
That does not mean that the law went away though. It just may mean that by, 1) turning an apathetic or antagonistic eye to this, 2) moving in a direction clearly opposite to repentence or any honest intent to reduce abortions and, 3) turning our collective backs on the God who extends grace to us over and over and over (three strikes, if you will), we have painted ourselves — as a nation — into a moral-spiritual corner from which there is no escape on our own terms without judgment.