I was sitting down to watch the V.P. debates on YouTube this morning, because I was helping my wife grade math tests last night as they were occurring (note: Being a math teacher means you do lots of grading…LOTS!). I felt that Ryan, just in demeanor alone looked and behaved much more presidential than Biden. But it wasn’t until the question about abortion came up that I got so disgusted with both men, that I had to walk away from the debate entirely. I could no longer listen to these two men and their views on abortion that are contrary to both the teachings of the Catholic church AND to the very Word of God itself.
Both men are Catholic, and hold to the teachings of the Catholic church that “Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law…”. Yet, BOTH men affirm that in some instances, that it is ok to allow for the life of the baby to be ended. So, here is the “logical path” I see these two men following.
1) I believe in God and that the Catholic church is the only true church
Obviously I disagree with them on the “only true church” issue, but I am going to let that slide for now
2) The Catholic church teaches that abortion is contrary to the moral law
Complete agreement with this. This SHOULD be a no-brainier for ANY human being…but sin being what it is…it clouds the mind of men…
3) I believe PERSONALLY that abortion is contrary to the moral law
Anytime I see that word “personally” come up in a conversation about morality, a huge flashing red light goes off in my head and I see a sign that says “WARNING: Relativism Ahead!”
4) What I believe about this issue shouldn’t be “forced” on others
…and here is where the logical portion of the debate comes to an end…and the appeal to emotion begins.
The problem is that the circumstances listed above, that is rape and incest, an unnecessary (and evil) loss of life is occurring, and BOTH men are OK with that.
I’m pretty sure GOD is not.
Is a woman being raped tragic and evil? Yes. Is incest condemned and does it produce pregnancies with a higher chance of medically compromised offspring? Yes. Is either of these scenarios a good reason, or a logical reason, to kill a child? Absolutely not.
BOTH of these men are not subjecting themselves to the Law of God, but to something else. I think the Pope would disagree with their views, the bible certainly disagrees with their views and on top of that, it is logically incoherent as well. It’s time for these men to be honest and to admit that their views on abortion do NOT stem from a thorough and thoughtful exegesis from the entirety of scripture, but from something else.
I know for sure that I cannot vote for Obama, but I will have to spend time in prayer to see if I can vote for the Romney ticket as well. I fear the day that I stand before God and told him that I endorsed men who were ok with allowing people to kill children in certain, unbiblical, circumstances.
What do you all think?