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The title of this post embodies two numbers we all ought to memorize.
“According to the CDC, 58% of all abortions are suffered by Black and Latino women, who combined represent only 25% of the female population. The business of abortion is gorging itself financially on the blood of minority children, and all the while appearing as compassionate servants of the poor.”
That’s actually a very conservative way of representing the numbers. To dive a little deeper into the CDC data:
“…non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women accounted for the largest percentages of abortions (37.2% and 36.2%, respectively), and Hispanic women and non-Hispanic women in the other race category accounted for smaller percentages (19.7% and 7.0%, respectively). Non-Hispanic white women had the lowest abortion rate (8.0 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratio (132 abortions per 1,000 live births), and non-Hispanic black women had the highest abortion rate (29.7 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratio (459 abortions per 1,000 live births).”
In other words, a black child is 3-4 times more likely to be killed in utero (very likely at the hands of a white doctor, if the CMP videos are any guide) vs. if s/he were white. As aptly noted on a church lawn sign I passed in Harvard Square just this morning (decrying something equally awful but on a much smaller scale): “Black Lives Matter”… as do they all.
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In response to a Facebook posting, by an old college acquaintance, of a revenue pie chart depicting the allegedly “good” things which an organization called “the other 98%” ascribes to Planned Parenthood, I felt it important to consolidate a thumbnail Biblical case for his corrupt moral logic. Those literate in the scriptures could extend this significantly (e.g., see Psalm 106:37-40, Ezekiel 22-23).
So long as there is still a faint echo of Christian sensibility and culture left in the conscience of many, starting with the life and words of Jesus seems like a useful tool for engaging with those not yet fully hardened.
Having survived Herod’s attempts at infanticide (Matthew 2:16), Jesus tells his disciples to “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them…” (Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16) (Killing them before birth would seem to qualify as a hindrance, no?)
Jesus adds warnings as to the logical corollary: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones… [for] it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:10-14) Despising and causing to perish are inextricably linked, as we would expect also from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:22).
These examples and admonitions should serve as fair warning to all of us. Yes, all. They’re just a tiny fraction of the crystal-clear references, in scripture, to the Creator’s abhorrence of killing children.
At the core of the Planned Parenthood revelations though, is something much larger: the in-defensibility of destroying that which God has made in His own image. (Genesis 1:27, Matthew 22:20-21, Luke 20:24-25)
Job gets biologically specific, thanking God for pouring him out like milk, curdling him like cheese, clothing him with skin and flesh, and knitting him together with bones and sinews. (Job 10:10-12). At no point in that process does he refer to himself as mere tissue, liable to disposal or commerce.
God describes the prophet Jeremiah’s origin in similar terms: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
In like manner, both Jesus and John the Baptist are named by God not merely before birth, but before conception. (Luke 1:13, 31-33, 60) Likewise John (and not just a lump tissue) leaped for joy in his mother’s womb. (Luke 1: 41, 44)
Those prone to equivocation, desiring to impose “pragmatic” developmental, or quality-of-life bounds on the business of preserving or destroying God’s image-bearers will find themselves in league not only with folks like King Herod, who put force behind what Pharaoh attempted (Exodus 1:16), but also with Hitler, who used the same corrupt moral logic as now employed by Planned Parenthood to justify the death of a few million folks whom he considered sub-human for the alleged benefit of others inconvenienced by the inviolable truth of their person-hood.
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Before you watch the second Planned Parenthood video (if you can, see below), I’d urge you to read Ezekiel 22 and Ezekiel 23, slowly and prayerfully, dispensing of the delusion that God fences off times or peoples or nations and arranges things such that His eternal, good and perfect moral standards do not apply.
May God have mercy on all of us. He’s been very patient already.
For any with qualms about the method here, Doug Wilson adds great clarity.
…some Christians apply the Golden Rule in ways that are quite demented… [e.g.] “How would you feel if you were a guard at Auschwitz and somebody came and took away all your prisoners? Hmmm?”
…the Hebrew midwives were acting (on behalf of their people) in self-defense, while in this situation the pro-lifers are acting on behalf of children who have been rejected by their own people. It is as though the Hebrew midwives had figured out a way of lying that would save Egyptian babies… If there is a difference, this video sting operation was even nobler…
But here is the real value of the videos. This was not a sting just on Planned Parenthood. This was a sting operation being run on the American conscience. The revealing was done to America. America was being shown what America is doing. This is not mere tissue removal. Cysts don’t have livers, legs, hearts, and lungs. The nation was lied to, and the sellers of baby parts got away with it, because the nation wanted to be lied to. Treating babies as mere tissue was a sexual convenience for a lot of people, and a cold cash opportunity for others.
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“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)
“Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready… And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, ‘Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.'” (Revelation 19:7, 21:8-9)
“And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” (Acts 11:26c)
Kevin DeYoung poses some straightforward questions to those who claim the name of Christ while also celebrating Obergefell. A small sample:
28. Since the evangelical church has often failed to take unbiblical divorces and other sexual sins seriously, what steps will you take to ensure that gay marriages are healthy and accord with Scriptural principles?
29. Should gay couples in open relationships be subject to church discipline?
30. Is it a sin for LGBT persons to engage in sexual activity outside of marriage?
31. What will open and affirming churches do to speak prophetically against divorce, fornication, pornography, and adultery wherever they are found?
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