I haven’t slept well in weeks. My back hurts. I get nauseated and physically sick to my stomach throughout the day. Remember how I said that stress has physical effects on my body? I’m feeling it right now.
And it has nothing to do with selling the house, raising support, moving to Costa Rica, or life with my 17-month-old twins.
It’s because I am watching Christians advocate for the right to end human life in cases where that life proves to be an inconvenience.
That may sound harsh. And it is. But it’s the truth. They might not word it quite like that, and it might be covered in “pro-choice” and “I have the right to my own body” lingo, but if you dig away all of the layers, that’s what it comes down to.
For my friends who don’t live in Mississippi, I’ll give you a bit of background. This coming Tuesday, Mississippi is getting the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution. The initiative states:
“Initiative #26 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word ‘person’ or ‘persons’, as those terms are used in Article III of the state constitution, to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof.”
Instead of spending alot of time talking about the arguments, I’m going to direct you to my friend Emily’s blog. She is a godly woman and lays out an amazing defense for why Christians SHOULD VOTE YES on this initiative. Please read it if you haven’t already.
In addition to what she has to say, I’d like to offer a few points of my own. And yes, there are other issues surrounding this, and you can come make a counter-argument bringing in a million other factors. But all of them are secondary to this. You must lay your foundation first, and this is where mine stands.
First of all, there is just no way you can say, “I believe life begins at fertilization, BUT….” You do, or you don’t. If you do believe that life begins at the moment when God speaks a person into being, then there is no instance when it is right or defensible for you to end that life. Even if it is in embryo form. You can’t choose to honor the life of an embryo in most instances, but not in the cases of rape or incest. You can’t choose to honor that life when it’s a baby you longed for, but not when they are “leftover” embryos from an IVF treatment. It’s a life, or it’s not. Period.
And the thing is that we don’t get to choose if it’s a life or not. It already is one, and if you are a Christian who reads the Bible and believes it to be the inerrant Word of a holy God, then you already know that. Because God speaks consistently throughout his Word that life begins when he creates it. And he makes no distinction between the life of a fetus and that of a grown man. Read your Bible. It’s there. (Click here if you want to see some references.)
Ultimately, this initiative is not about whether or not the government is getting “too involved” in your rights. This is about stepping in to protect innocent lives that cannot speak for themselves. Do I want the government telling you how to parent your children? No. That’s your job as a parent. But do I want them to come in and protect your children if I find out you’re abusing them? You better believe it. Because it is good and right to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
Yes, you have rights. Yes, you should be able to make choices regarding your healthcare, method of birth control, reproductive options, and so forth. But like any right that you have, your freedom and rights only go so far as they do not hinder the rights of others.
An embryo is an “other.” It’s a person. It’s a life because God created it to be a life, and he says so in his Word. Do you take God at his Word?
I will vote Yes on Tuesday.