Be Careful What You Wish For…

The other day I was looking through images of last week’s “Women’s March” and I found this:

I found the image disturbing and, on the off-chance that the banner holders were serious about their message, I would like to point out that:

  1. Mary did have a choice: She chose life knowing the tremendous hardship it would place on her.
  2. The United States was founded on Christian principles. Without these principles, the U.S. would be a radically different place, if it would exist at all. It is probable that, had the U.S. been founded under any other belief (or non-belief) system, this demonstration (or any demonstration) would be snuffed out before it began and all the participants arrested.
  3. Since the founding of this nation, the Catholic Church has helped more people of all races and creed than any other organization. Before there was government healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the Catholic Church was there providing hospitals, shelters, and orphanages to serve all people, regardless of their beliefs but particularly the poor and most in need, without any government assistance.

The Women’s March coincided with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and, while the apparent emphasis of the march was to demonstrate for equal rights for women, an important focus of this event was on a woman’s right to abortion. This Supreme Court case, along with the Dred Scott decision are the worst decisions ever handed down by the court. In both cases, a portion of the population were excluded from legal protection. In Dred Scott v. Sandford, the court concluded that slaves and former slaves were not citizens and had no legal standing. In Roe v. Wade, the court concluded that the unborn had no rights until they left the womb. The legal gymnastics performed by Justice Blackmun to justify the majority decision, along with the rationale behind NFIB v. Sibelius, shows that, under the right circumstances, anything could be justified and that morality is whatever we deem it to be.

At what point do we become a person? At conception? 12 weeks? 20 weeks? Birth? 18 years?

Under today’s laissez-faire morality, we get to decide that. We’ve become “like gods“.

Freedom has come to mean that we can do whatever we want (“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose“) as long as we don’t hurt anyone else. But, just as a pebble dropped into a lake sends ripples (however imperceptible) to the furthest shore, so too all of our actions affect everyone and the consequences of our actions have far-reaching implications across space and time. The lost potential of the millions of aborted babies is known only to God but if we value human life, we should value it at all stages of its existence. Our acquiescence to the ‘culture of abortion’ cheapens all of our lives, hardens all of our hearts, and goes against the definition of “civilized”.

God wants us to be His sons and daughters; that’s why we are endowed with free will. Like a father, He wants us to love and commune with Him not because we’re obligated to but because we want to. Similarly, if we choose not be with Him, He will respect our decision to separate ourselves from Him. He will be hurt (as any parent whose child abandons them would be) and He will always be waiting at the door for your return, but your decision not to return will be respected. But, if God is everywhere, where can we go where He is not?

We have become like gods…where are we to go?