Monday, November 12, 2007

Consistent Love of Life

What the world expects of Christians is that Christians should speak out, loud and clear, and that they should voice their condemnation in such a way that never a doubt, never the slightest doubt, could rise in the heart of the simplest man. That they should get away from the abstraction and confront the blood-stained face history has taken on today. -- Albert Camus

Jesus may have been a sailor when he walked on the water, but never was he a soldier. Sunday was Martinmas, which was a day of feast and celebration in the old church. Saint Martin was born into the Roman army and declared, "I am a soldier of Christ. I cannot fight." How many heard this sort of sentiment or saw a note in the parish bulletin Sunday? or was there a celebration of military service?

Death by premeditated and facilitated miscarriage in a clinic is no more tragic than a miscarriage induced by shock after an aerial bombing. To disapprove of one and not the other is inconsistent and is an hypocrisy. The method of operation presents no less of a corpse. To be really pro-life one must be anti-war. To condone one is a scandal and reduces the efficacy of the campaign to abolish the other.

The choice to end a pregnancy and the choice to initiate war can be compared to one individual committing murder and to another committing continual murder of untold thousands, even, unto millions. We as Christians in this country wish to speak in the public square against the former, and our church approves; we as Christians in this country are not so many to speak against war, which our government propels, and our church sits silent.

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