Word From the Center: Friday, March 2, 2018

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 issue…

THE “Pain Capable Act” a Bi-Partisan Issue

In a culture that seems more fractured and divided than ever, there are still issues that transcend politics. There are issues that define us as people, as humane—civil—moral people. The LCRL is involved in those issues (Life, Liberty, Marriage, even Education) for the sake of the church, yes… But also for the sake of the culture. This past January, our culture celebrated the issues of Liberty and Life. And the Congress, specifically the Senate, had an opportunity to do even more. They had the opportunity to legislate one of those issues as a fundamental way for our society to view the most vulnerable among us, the unborn child. The “Pain-Capable Act” was a clear statement about the humanity of our culture, limiting abortion after the 20th week because of the unimaginable pain and suffering inflicted upon the child in the procedure after that time period. It’s a gruesome thing to behold what is done to children in the womb after that moment in time. Defending the most vulnerable, empowers us all. Being unwilling to defend them, tarnishes us all.

See the article below, written by Senator James Lankford and Kristen Day, and notice the fact that it is written by a Republican and a Democrat. In fact, when I attended the January March for Life in Washington D.C., I got to know the group “Democrats for Life.” I was informed that there are 21 million pro-life Democrats. Wow! There are people on both sides of the aisle who realize that no euphemism can sugar coat what is done to the child in abortion, especially after 20 weeks. The Senate had an opportunity to affirm our common humanity. It didn’t. Still there are people from every walk of life, from every political persuasion, from every ethnic background that know that that won’t prevent us from affirming the dignity of all humanity, especially the most vulnerable at the beginning and the end of life. Why? Because Life is a fundamental thing. The sanctity of life is a key element in virtually every major issue in our world. And, Life is a Bi-partisan thing. There are people on both sides of the political spectrum who realize that a commitment to life is the first step in addressing so many ills in our culture, our world. The LCRL stands ready to represent this freeing, fundamental truth to anyone who will listen, whether here on the Hill or in our communities around the country. A commitment to life is the beginning of understanding the fullness of what it means to be human, or at least humane. To that end… Keep praying, Keep believing, and be ready to put your liberties to work for the sake of your church and your community.