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Numbers, value and wisdom
On Jan. 22, 1973, Roe vs. Wade, by the U.S. Supreme Court, took the right to life away from the defenseless unborn and declared the right to murder them constitutionally.
Over 54 million lives have been slaughtered under the death cry of the "right to choose." Today and every day, over 3,000 are added to that number. If we look at these numbers and are unmoved, we place "our" definition of value and wisdom over God's value and wisdom.
Example: Value, as defined by people, is subjective and subject to whims and situations. Value, as defined by God, is based on who He is as creator and redeemer. And, in a Christian world, the fact that life exists, determines value. For all of our supposed superiority and technology, our country has returned to being a pagan culture of subjective value where killing is tolerated to eliminate "problems."
Examples continue: We used ethnicity as a basis for value and ended up with Auschwitz and Rwanda. We used skin color as a basis for value and ended up with slavery and civil war and discrimination. We used whether you are born or not as a basis for value and end up with abortion. We use health as a basis for value and end up with killing as a means of caring and the elderly believing they have the duty to die.
Now, let the Bible define wisdom. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" — Psalms 111. "Fools despise wisdom and instruction" — Proverbs 1. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God" — I Corinthians 3. "Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" — I Corinthians 1.
Do we observe the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday this month because life is precious? No, there is even more to it than that. We uphold the sanctity of human life because life is precious to God.
To His glory.
There is going to be a storm
The wind has begun to blow in gusts and circle about in eddies between the buildings. Last fall's leaves begin to be stirred in their resting places as a newspaper blows down the street, turning a slow ballet. The sky grows dark. An old man, sitting on a park bench, lifts his head and announces, to no one in particular, to everyone, "there's going to be a storm."
Page 2 of 2 - In our nation, too, devisive winds are blowing and the sky grows dark. There is going to be a storm. The lightening of fragmentation is replacing the calm of solidarity, and the thunder of angry voices is heard on every hand.
Every group, every diversity seems to be pursuing its own agenda and is only concerned with its own perceived rights. No one group is concerned about the fate of any other or the republic, but only their particular segment. They generally look outside themselves for the solution to their problems, putting the burden on outside groups and the condemnation on government.
Our country, which used to be an effectual melting pot as it ascended among the nations, is now fragmented along the lines of the very diversity which had given it strength. This fragmentation and abandonment of responsibility can only result in an ungovernable national crisis. "A house divided against itself can not stand," and we Americans are truly becoming that house divided. When groups look at the American flag and say that it is not their flag, then the disintegration process is well on its way.
This disintegration process is at work in evey level of our society. In government, it manifests itself in the politician who responds to special-interest lobbying. In society, it personifies itself along the lines of race, culture, even gender. Each group places all the blame for its troubles on other groups and regards the other groups as less than themselves.
Families are falling apart at the seams, assaulted from without and deeply troubled within.
Rather than serve the general interests of the republic, all these splintered fragments are saying, "this country owes me something." John Kennedy's appeal, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," has died amidst the selfish cries of myriads of self-seeking fragments.
"I want mine, you owe me," are battle cries that will sound the death knell of this country. A country that has held a light up before the world. A lighthouse of hope and freedom. It was a torch of responsibility, a beacon of values. Values that defined good and evil, not the situational ethics jargon of appropriate or inappropriate.
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," have become outdated in the sophistication of our modern methodology. Get ready, people, the wind is blowing, the dead leaves are beginning to circle about.
Editor's note: Doug Hodge first submitted this letter to the editor in 1993.