Sun, 17 May 2009 18:14:24 +0000 – By Bill ShulerPastor, Capital Life Church, Arlington, Virginia
As President Obama speaks at Notre Dame Universtiy and prepares to nominate a new Justice for the Supreme Court our nation stands divided on the subject of abortion rights. No issue seems to evoke such passionate discourse. It is a debate in which everyone is talking but few are listening. The following is a list of questions upon which we should be able to come together:
- Can we agree that the number of abortions needs to be reduced?
- Can we border on caution when it comes to the question of when life begins?
- Can we agree that inconvenience is not a proper reason for an abortion?
- Can we speak to those of an opposite viewpoint without using hate speech?
- Can we choose to promote a culture of life?
- Can we encourage adoption, recognizing the many parents who would love and cherish a baby?
- Can we help teens see that abstinence is the best option and clearest way to avoid STDs, regret and abortions?
- Can we agree that there is no greater gift than life?
- Can we agree that this is ultimately an issue that transcends politics?
- Can we agree that you and I wouldn't be able to have an opinion on this issue if we had been aborted?
There is no higher standard that a nation can adopt than to value and protect life. The Bible says, in Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart." It is within our means to bring healing and hope by the choices that we make and the actions that we take.