Word from the Center: Friday, March 15, 2019

Welcome to “Word from The Center” FRIDAY, a Two-Kingdom, practical reflection on the issues of the day from the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s topic/issue….


It’s been an amazing year to be in Washington D.C. We have seen religious liberties protected and defended. We have seen other constitutional protections undergirded. But we are also seeing a growing callousness to the issue of life, not from the people of the country, but from a select group of secular elites. The issue of abortion has come out from behind euphemistic cover slogans like “the right to choose” and “reproductive freedom.” Many now openly embrace abortion on demand at and time and for any reason; some even support killing a child after he or she is out of the womb. For example, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Ralph Northam have supported the outrageous notion that a child can be aborted up to the time of birth and, even after he/she is born, as long as that is what the mother and the doctor decide. Imagine such a notion for a moment. For some, a child at a stage in his/her development where he/she not only has a beating heart, but also has a body that can survive outside of the mother’s womb, now can be “legally” killed by a mother whose instincts should rather be to protect what is so precious. Furthermore, a doctor’s oath is to save life, not to destroy it. Amidst such cowardly leadership are state legislatures in New York, New Mexico, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as politicians in  other secular-left leaning states who are supporting bills that allow abortion up to the moment of birth with “standing ovation” enthusiasm.

Issues like the sanctity of life and religious liberty are foundational to a civil, humane society. If they give way, it’s hard to image that such a society can survive. If life is not promoted and defended, there is no limit to the barbarism that humanity can inflict upon the weak and the vulnerable. When certain human beings are considered “less than human,” we’ve already seen the resulting inhumanity in images from the “killing fields” of Cambodia and the concentration camps and gas chambers of Nazi Germany. How can babies who are born alive, yet left to die, not illicit the same disgust?

Thankfully, there are leaders who are demanding accountability for such attitudes. We join with organizations like the National Right to Life, our Lutherans for Life and others who are expressing their gratitude to Senate leaders like Ben Sasse, Mitch McConnell, and others who are demanding that people go on the record concerning their views on this vital subject (See the National Right to Life letter dated Feb. 14).[1] But it is not enough for us to demand such commitment from our leaders alone. We too must be committed to the sanctity of life for all. It is time to stand up and be counted. It’s time for the church and its people to reclaim the notion of the preciousness of life, the gift that children are to the family, and the cultural blessing that families are to society in a culture that is leaving these vital truths behind. It sounds almost trivial to say, “Have a heart for those who have a heartbeat.” But we must demand this from us all. There’s too much at stake if we don’t.

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