Monday, November 06, 2006

Abortion: Just Another Issue?

A chicken and a pig were walking down the street one day and noticed some poor children who looked as if they hadn't eaten anything for days. Moved with compassion, the chicken said to the pig, "I have an idea! Let's give those children a nice breakfast of ham and eggs." The pig contemplated the chicken's suggestion and said, 'Well, for you, that would involve a small sacrifice; but for me, it would involve total commitment!"

There’s gambling and pornography. There’s immigration and there’s women’s rights. There’s the fishery and there’s poverty.

And then there’s abortion.

Is it just another issue among many? Consider this question. Under what conceivable standard could you lump the killing of innocent children with the issue of gambling? Or with the fishery? Or with poverty? If you walked out onto the street and saw a young child being attacked, perhaps killed, how many options do you have? Is it simply another “issue” which you can take or leave, about which you can feel passionate or not depending on your experience, background or special interests?

Is it really just one more of many social issues?

Haven’t you heard it said, “You’ve got your issue, your agenda and I’ve got mine. We all bring our issues to the table. Yours is abortion, mine is pornography.”

Let’s put this in perspective. As long as we view abortion as “just another issue,” it is similar to the pig’s situation, and it will mean total commitment for the unborn. They will continue to pay for the “issue” with their lives while special interest issues, even though deeply felt as in the case of the chicken, will simply demand some degree of sacrifice.

The question really is: How deep is the spiritual darkness in our land when we as Christians fail to see abortion as the life and death struggle of a fellow human being created in the image of God?

In Canada and America, the darkness can deepen or recede on election day.

How will you vote?

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