Do All Human Lives Matter?

babyMy wife and I were recently visiting with one of our married daughters and our random talking happened to rehearse our favorite family vacations. Our daughter remembered one trip we took to the East Coast, where we delighted in seeing and touring many of our nation’s historical sites.

On that trip, we visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and its Civil War memorial, where 51,000 soldiers were casualties (killed, wounded, captured or missing), in what remains the largest battle ever fought in North America. By the end of that tragic war, it is estimated that over 750,000 Americans (from the North and the South) were killed.

As sad and shocking as that statistic is, it fails to compare to the 58 MILLION unborn American citizens who have been killed by abortion in this nation, since the January, 1973 Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling on the non-personhood of the fetus in the womb. Surely the blood of these babies cries out to God, just as Abel’s blood did, when he was killed by his brother, Cain (Gen.4:4-10).

ALL LIVES MATTER

In addition to this month’s reminder of the barbaric practice of abortion, we also are alerted, by the shocking videos which recently exposed Planned Parenthood harvesting aborted baby body parts, that greed often drives it. It is critical we all understand that murder by abortion is much more than a cultural or political issue—it’s a Biblical issue, which carries severe consequences.

All lives matter to God, Who takes the killing of innocent lives—each one made in His image—very seriously! His Word clearly states there must be an “accounting” for the shedding of innocent blood.

“Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning…Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed;  for in the image of God He made man.” — Genesis 9:5–6

DEFINITIONS MATTER

The Roe v Wade decision by the Supreme Court revolved around defining the fetus in the womb. Certainly the fetus has human parents and all the needed human genome to develop postnatally, but if it were defined as a human person, then all the issues of slavery, due process, and human rights would have to be reviewed before other persons could be permitted to choose to kill the unborn person in the womb.

Retired judge Andrew P. Napolitano has pointed out that a simple one-line statute could have been enacted during the years Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush were in the White House and Republicans and anti-abortion Democrats controlled the Congress. They could have chosen to end the slaughter of millions of babies by legislatively defining the fetus in the womb to be a person.

They did not.

Their failure to define and declare the legal personhood of human offspring and the Supreme Court’s unprecedented dance around the requirement of due process and the prohibition of slavery has resulted in 58 million murders of pre-born persons in 43 years.

ALL HUMAN LIFE MATTERS

How long can a society last that “chooses” to kill its babies in the name of “sexual freedom”?

As Judge Napolitano asks, whose personhood will the government define away next?

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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