Obama, abortion, and the radical failure of government policies

Here is Obama’s statement on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Government is designed to maintain civic order, promote peace, and, in doing so, protect the innocent / defenseless.  Obama’s statement reveals the complete failure of policies to accomplish the good that government should produce from both a cultural / civic and biblical level.

On the cultural / civic level, this statement fails at protecting the defenseless.  Where is the mention of protecting the unborn?  “Reproductive freedom?”  The only mention here is the woman involved and government and Obama.  There is nothing of the unborn.

As well, the either naive or intentionally deceptive statement “that government should not intrude on private family matters” is ludicrous considering that there is no greater intrusion than the murder of a child, and the constitutional freedom that protects that.

The desire (rather campaigning) to “remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption” is empty.  The caveat should include “or whatever else you want.”  Again, no mention of the unborn or the sanctity of human life.  This plays god.

Statements like these and policies they support reveals a colossal failure of government and its role in culture.  We can “protect” the rights of our sons and daughters in these matter, that is until there are no more sons and daughters to have to mess with.

On a biblical front, Romans 13:3 states, “For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.”  In speaking of submitting to authorities, Paul instructs the Roman church, in the cultural and political center of Rome, to submit to authorities because they are God’s instrument to protect against bad behavior.  In fact, they are considered God’s wrathful arm in the realms they govern to punish the wicked.  Essentially, government is, in a sense, a common grace arrangement by God given to men to protect victims, and potential victims, against crime and violence in a radically fallen world.

Right now, my wife is having another check up on her pregnancy of our 5th child.  This is actually her 7th pregnancy.  After miscarriages and seeing (through fantastic technology) life at early stages of pregnancy, we have come to love life as God gives it, knowing that they were actually children (not tissue) who were lost to miscarriage.

It is in this vain, as well, that we strongly support adoption and care for the orphan.  While we have not adopted yet, we regularly encourage and help others do so.  Government and the President cannot speak of equally supporting orphan care when they desire to make abortion so easy (1.21 million in 2005) and adoptions so difficult (approx. 100k US adoptions each year — Flango and Flango).

In all of this, Romans 13 is wrapped up with this…

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

The answer is not in blogs or picketing.  Laws being repealed and pro-life presidents can help.  Ultimately, we await the coming of the creator of Life, Jesus Christ.  When He comes He will exact justice where not one wrong will be left unpunished…for He is holy and could do nothing less.

We are to live looking forward to His coming, knowing that the horror or abortion reminds us that we are, in the mean time, in a fallen world full of sin.  We must be those who forsake worldly, sinful living and put on the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are to show love and not hatred.  Even as vile and violent as abortion is, we are to be loving in our dealings and protests.  I believe the greatest form of love we can show is toward those who have “unintended” pregnancies.  We can show them Christ, help some keep their children and raise them with the care and support of the local church.  For those who choose to give up their children, we can promote such a culture of care with adoption that life is promoted and the church seen more for her solutions than her protests.

In all of this, the gospel must be guarded in speech and deed.  Atheists adopt.  Muslims adopt.  We alone have the words of life that put on display the picture of the gospel through adoption…

9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:9-13

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