January 27, 2009
President Obama recently acted to allow government funding to groups providing abortions overseas. Obama’s agenda (at WhiteHouse.gov) speaks about a “Woman’s Right to Choose” and “reproductive choice”. What about a right to life?
Obama evidently believes that unborn children do not have a right to life. I assume he believes that born children, however, do. So, the question is why does an unborn child not have this right, when a born child does? It seems that Obama, and other supporters of abortion, must believe that simply being born gives us the right to life.
It is not at all clear to me how or why simply being born can or should bestow the right to life. If this is our foundation for the right to life, it is indeed a fragile foundation; it is utterly irrational.
To defend the right to life for all, we must defend the right to life for the unborn. Those who deny the right to life for the unborn, must either also deny the right to life for all, or must admit that they are being irrational and have no basis for denying the right to life for the unborn.
The obvious response to this would be to say that the right to life belongs to those who are self-sufficient, which the unborn are not. However, the newborn is also not self-sufficient. Neither is even a four-year-old. Actually, even I myself am not self-sufficient. I use my set of skills to earn my living, but that set of skills doesn’t include growing all my own food and making my own clothes. If being self-sufficient is the criteria for having a right to life, very few qualify.
Think about it.
January 15, 2009
Are you in search of true love? The perfect relationship? Do you want to find that special person who excels in everyway – grace, beauty, strength, honesty, steadfastness, faithfulness, and so on? The person who fully deserves your love, who you can love completely, without reservation?
True love. Why is it called “true”, except for the very reason that there are many things which masquerade as love and yet fall short of the ideal that is “true” love. Consider anyone whom you love. If you are honest, you will find you cannot love them completely. You cannot completely and utterly adore them, admire them, honor them, or praise them. The object of your love has his or her faults. You must either be dishonest or reserve some of the praise and adoration you would have for someone who was more excellent.
Someone more excellent – someone most excellent in everyway – that is the only proper object of full and complete love – true love – a love which lacks nothing that love ought to possess. Who fits this description? God alone. If you would seek true love, the One you must seek is God.
Love desires to be loved. From the one whom you adore, you desire some token in return. A compliment, or a small attention, coming from a stranger, means little. However, we savor as the choicest morsels such compliments or little attentions from those whom we adore. Here is the wonder of God. He pays us the very greatest attention possible, loving us, though we have done nothing worthy of it. He entered into His creation and took on the form of a man, Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty that we owed on account of our offenses against God. He offers us eternal life. That He himself came to life again is His evidence that He has the right to offer us eternal life. We only need to trust Him to save us. There is no other way.
Experience true love. Make God the object of your love, and delight in being loved perfectly by the One who created you. God’s love never fails!