Rev. Mark H. Creech
Sometimes Christians think there is never a reason to be fearful or angry. But not all fear is bad; some fears are helpful. The child afraid of running out in the street is saved by fear. Not all anger is bad; some anger is good. In his book The Death of Outrage, William J. Bennett says, “Americans would do well to recall the ancient words of Aristotle. He wrote that those are to be praised who are angry at the proper things and the proper people, who are angry as they ought, when they ought, and as long as they ought.”
Something happening in Maryland recently should make us all fearful and angry. LifeSiteNews reported on March 7 that legislation was filed in the Maryland General Assembly, which would allow babies to be left to die up to 28 days after birth.
No doubt, this legislation is meant to precede the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as June of this year. Senate Bill 669 – Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022 was scheduled to be heard this week, but the Maryland General Assembly’s website says the hearing was canceled.
Olivia Summers, an attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice, analyzed the measure and said:
Who would dream someone would have the audacity to propose such barbarity into law? Yet this is what great minds have been telling us for decades about where the legalization of abortion was bound to take us.
As far back as 1976, Francis Schaeffer, in his classic book, How Should We Then Live, accused the High Court of making a ruling in the Roe v. Wade case that was both medically and legally arbitrary. He further stated it was at complete variance with the past Christian consensus, which is unquestionably the foundation of American jurisprudence. Only three years after the landmark ruling that made abortion legal, Schaffer solemnly warned:
In 1992, pro-life champion, Randy Alcorn, warned that “abortion sets us on a dangerous brink.” He told the story of a seventeen-year-old Florida girl, who at the time smothered her newborn to death, and a judge sentenced her to two years in prison and psychological counseling and birth control instruction.
“Of course, the sentence for killing someone perceived as ‘a real person’ would have been much more severe,” wrote Alcorn. “As one social analyst points out, ‘A two-year sentence for the willful murder of an infant demonstrates beyond any shadow of a doubt that the life of a child does not have the same value as the life of an adult.’”
To Alcorn’s point, however, if the Maryland legislation were adopted today, a young woman as he described who took the life of her infant, even after it had been born up to 28 days, would be absolved of any wrongdoing.
Why should this make you fearful and angry? Because it means we are indeed reaching that point where no life is safe if deemed unwanted by the ruling powers.
This author is not advocating for violence or taking the law into one’s own hands. God forbid! Instead, it’s a call to earnestly get into the battle for a culture of life driven by a healthy fear and righteous indignation to stop what is threatening the basis for being a member of the human species.
How inhuman are we willing to become?© Rev. Mark H. Creech
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