Not Our Decision

Do we really have the right to decide who should live and who should die — based solely on our feelings, circumstances, and desires?

When Jesus’ disciples asked him “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” One of the “signs” he gave was…

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of many will grow cold.”
–Matthew 24:12

Evidence of how cold-hearted mankind can be, is recorded throughout history and a review of the daily news shows that we are still as cold-hearted as ever. Ever since Cain slew Able, we have shown ourselves to be cold-blooded murderers.

One of the more prevalent means of murder taking place (as a result of our modern technology) is the abortion of unborn babies. The ever increasing number of abortions that are performed worldwide is astounding – or at least, it would be astounding if we were not so callous to the constant barrage of news and information we see and hear every day.

Take, for example, the following excerpt from a UK news article that is somewhat dated, but is ever more relevant today:

Abortions of babies with Down’s syndrome, deformed feet, cleft lips and palates, as well as other medical abnormalities, have become more and more commonplace, according to statistics recently released by the Office For National Statistics in England and Wales. The latest numbers from 2002 found that more women are choosing to abort their babies who may have some form of handicap. These kinds of abortions spiked by 8 percent over the previous year. Of Down’s syndrome babies, 690 were aborted in 2002, an increase of 17 percent over the 2001 total of 591. More babies were aborted in 2002 that had Down’s syndrome (372) than those that were born with the disease (329).

I cannot fathom anyone making a decision to end their own child’s life simply because modern technology allows for the detection of certain physical defects. It is an abomination!

In his book, Dancing Alone, Frank Schaeffer writes,

In the legal arena we have witnessed a host of legal scholars, law professors and judges actively abandoning the idea of the rule of law as disciplined by the original intent of the Constitution. They have even gone so far as to manipulate the law to achieve their political ends by non-democratic, even non-constitutional means.

Typical of these abuses was the late 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, in which the laws prohibiting or restricting abortion were struck down in every state in the union. Not only state laws prohibiting abortion on demand, but two thousand years of Christian tradition regarding the sanctity of born and unborn human life was overturned by the “discovery,” in the Constitution, of the so-called right to privacy — a “right” that is nowhere stated in the Constitution and that American jurists were unable to “discover” for 200 years.

In the general public’s mind, the legality of abortion was soon equated with its moral acceptability. This is well demonstrated by the staggering number of abortions performed each year in the United States — over a million and a half. Abortion was, at first, in the initial debate, described as “an agonizing choice,” but soon came to be so routine that a high percentage of abortions are done at the demand of women who have already had several abortions. In the end, abortion became part of a subsidiary medical industry when experimentation with the tissue of aborted babies was given government funding on January 22, 1993 by President Clinton.

In America, by the late nineteenth century, politics had replaced religion as the great motivator in human affairs. By the late twentieth century, science had replaced God as the search-and-destroy mission against “imperfect” babies. Genetic discoveries, amniocentesis and abortion have resurrected the Nazi eugenic program, repackaged as “prenatal testing”. (emphasis mine)

With so many parents making the decision to kill their child while it is still in the womb because a prenatal test has determined that the child has (or might have) some sort of defect, I praise God that he led me to a web site put up by the parents of a child who made the decision not to abort their baby when it was discovered it had Trisomy 18. I strongly encourage you to visit their web site and read how this Christ-centered family walked through this very trying time. Their story is a wonderful testament of faith and courage in the face of tragedy: A Trisomy 18 Journey – Letter to our Loved Ones

It is not our decision to decide who should live and who should die. That decision belongs to God. He is the only one who has the right and the authority to take someone’s life from them. Our life is not our own. We are God’s creation, not the other way around. Our technology does not give us the right to take the life of another – born or unborn.

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