Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Can we stand on a broken foundation

For thirty-one years our generation has suffered losses unequaled in history. More than forty-five million of our brothers and sisters have been eliminated by surgical abortion, and millions more by chemical abortion.

Every year we hear about groups of kids being killed in schools, churches and various other places. We see the pictures on the news and cry along with the parents of these children. We see our nation's "Christian" leaders speaking out and calling for an end to this violence. We see our president and other politicians get angry, promising to pass stricter laws to protect our nation's children. We see the police spending countless hours investigating these crimes. We see citizens outraged that this is happening in America. There is no way to escape these scenes. They are broadcast on every radio and television station in the country. America cries loud for the blood of her children-or does she?

As the police drive to the scenes of these crimes, they bypass another violent, criminal blood bath. As the "Christian" leaders cry out for these all too visible victims, they remain conveniently silent about the victims who will never see or be seen. As politicians pass laws to stop these killers, they also pass laws to protect other, more subtle, but just as lethal killers. As parents are outraged by the deaths of these children, they line up to kill their own children-in the name of "choice." Why are our politicians not passing laws to protect these other children, these other victims? The answer is simple; they do not see them as real. Should we blame this on the pro-abortion forces? Partly. There is, however, another reason. We must blame ourselves-the pro-life movement and our contradiction in terms. We maintain that life begins at conception (fertilization), but we then allow drugs that kill babies days after conception. We say that all human life is of equal value and should be protected, and then concede that those conceived in rape or incest are exceptions to this rule.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand (Matthew 7:26). We have destroyed our own pro-life foundation with our hypocrisy. We have given in to the rhetoric and lost sight of our goals. We have devalued the child in the womb to merely an issue or an arguing point. We have, by our own efforts, stripped away the most important aspect of these other children-their personhood.

Every person conceived should have the same inalienable rights. The manner in which they were conceived, or the condition of their health, or the condition of the mother's health should never determine the personhood of anyone. The moment we place value on one life over another, we have compromised the personhood of all. How can we pass laws that would protect some and allow the deaths of others? What is the defining point that makes one life valuable and the other expendable?

The moment we concede to this flawed logic, we destroy the foundation of our position that life exists from the moment of conception until its natural conclusion. The personhood of that life is no longer an absolute truth; it has become relative. At that point we have become guilty of devaluing human life.

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24).Truth can never change. It is without compromise, and we must stand on the truth in all of our work. We must never stray from the truth to seek interim results or for any other reason. God is our ultimate authority and we must simply do the work that He has put in front of us. We must stand completely on His truth and His power in this work, for the victory is not ours. It is God's.

If we continue on the path of compromise, then we are just as guilty as those who look away and ignore the cries of the innocent. We must rebuild our foundation on solid truth. We must declare the truth and insist on the value of personhood without exception for every single life conceived. If we waver from this truth, we are destined to fail. If we stand solid and do not compromise God's truth, we will succeed.

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

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