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Killing the Unborn to Save the Living

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, crime was in a rapid rise with no end in sight peaking in 1991. Then, suddenly in 1992, it began to decline for no apparent reason. Then again in 1995 it took a sharp drop. What happened? One of the most probable causes is abortion.

In 1973, Roe VS Wade signaled the legalization of abortion. In 1991, those people born after the Roe VS Wade decision were becoming adults. As more and more children born after that decision became adults, crime would continue to drop more sharply. But what does that decision have to do with crime? Well the prevailing thought goes that as more and more unwanted children were being born, more of those children would grow up to become criminals. As the criminal population grows, it feeds into itself thus increasing crime even more. When abortion became legal, there were less children born into broken homes, less unwanted babies.

It’s not just coincidence either. Other crime related statistics back it up. When crime rates were divided in two groups, those born committed by people born before Roe VS Wade and those born after, crime rates continued to drop only among those born after Roe VS Wade. Crime rates stayed the same for those born before it. If you look at serial killer statistics, this also reinforces it. When you divide serial killers up by the decade of when they made their first kill, most of them showed up in the 1980s. In fact, though the United States only has 5% of the world’s population, it has produced 76% of the world’s serial killers, and 85% of those since the 1980s. Another interesting thing to look at is that for the United States, the most dangerous time to be alive was the 1980s and very early 1990s while today, we are in the safest time to be alive since the 1930s.

So what was the cause of decline in safety and rise in unwanted children? Was it World War II? Maybe. During this time, the US military would ship tested and clean prostitutes from the US mainland to Hawaii for the soldiers to have three minutes of time with. These prostitutes would often service a hundred soldiers a day. Also, many men would marry a woman or pledge to marry a woman they just met days before going off to war, only to come back years later to find that she had fallen in love with someone else and left them. The emotional toll must’ve been astounding. I cannot say these things were the cause of unwanted children, but by looking at the dates, one can presume it contributed to the moral decline that lead to its rise.

So what can we make of this? Is abortion good? Is it necessary for the safety of society? What is the appropriate response of the church?

Well, the slaughter of the unborn is never good, but the church isn’t going to win any battles against statistics either. The war against abortion is like attempting to cure a cold with a decongestant: the symptoms might be alleviated some, but the main problem is still there. Legalized abortion and drastically lower crime has shown us two things. One, people are going to have free sex regardless of the consequences. And two, the killing of the unborn leads to a safer society for the born. So what do we do?

It is my opinion that the church and conservative right need to give up on fighting abortion directly and instead focus on the actual problem; SIN. Protesting more often then not just angers people instead of helping them. Removing legal abortion will cause many women to seek alternative, more dangerous methods. People are going to have sex they shouldn’t be having and abortions regardless of what the law says. Fighting the symptoms is a no win situation.

Restoring traditional family values, preaching the Gospel, teaching right from wrong, helping people understand their sin and need of a savior, these are what is needed. That’s not to say the sin of abortion shouldn’t be preached, but making it the focus is a losing battle. The abortion proponents have statistics on their side. Perhaps rather than trying to eliminate abortion, we need to eliminate the need for abortion.

 

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The question of sin (2 of 4)

I would like to encourage all to read the comments in regards to this post on his blog. While it got slightly off topic, we got into a discussion on a specific reality of abortion that I don’t really hear many people talk about. I often hear people bring up it up, but never the opposing argument. In my comments, I take up the opposing argument. I actually side with what some may call an extreme that I’m sure many churches wouldn’t even side with.

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Today, I turn to specific ways I have been told that transitioning from one’s birth sex is a sinful action.

Deuteronomy 22:5 is the one verse which appears to speak most directly to the issue at hand: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this” (NIV).

This is used to run the gamut of issues: crossdressing, drag queens, the fetishistic use of the garments of the opposite sex, impersonating the other sex for the purpose of deception, and transitioning from one sex to the other.

If this edict holds in the New Testament era, I question whether it applies to the person who has a condition, which has the person in a weakened state, who does not desire to offend the Lord or take to the opposite sex out of any illicit desire for the…

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This is where we’re at

I don’t generally link to or comment on news stories, but this is one I felt important. For some back story, a pregnant woman answered a Craigslist advertisement for some baby clothes only to be cut open and her child forcefully removed from the womb. The baby did not survive. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this case is that the person who cut open this woman and took her baby will not have murder charges filed against them because in Colorado, a fetus is not recognized as human life. The woman was seven months pregnant. Let me state this again: The person who assaulted this woman who was maybe two months away from giving birth, cut her open, removed the human baby which died, will not face murder charges.

This is where we are at as a society. An almost fully developed child can be violently cut out of its mother and die and it is not considered murder because a fetus isn’t seen as human life. How awful is that? Scripture says otherwise on the fetus.

Jeremiah 1:5 states

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you

Likewise with Luke 1:41 & Luke 1:44

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

These verses show personhood in the womb. Jeremiah shows that God knows us while we are still being formed and developing. He knows our personality and what we’re like even before we are born. And Luke even shows us that the unborn have feelings and a personality as John jumps (as best as a fetus can, I suppose) with great joy at the sound of Mary’s voice.

The fetus is its own person. It is its own person with feelings and a personality and just because we can’t physically see it doesn’t make it false. If there is one silver lining in this it is that the state is showing consistency. Through Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers, children are murdered everyday and no one bats an eye. Maybe, I hope, that this incident and the way the courts treat it will open some eyes. Even if only a few.

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