January 18, 2019
Proverbs 19:2 (NIV) It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
On March 3, 1913, the very first “Women’s March” took place in Washington D.C. The primary goal of the event was the right to vote. Apparently, it was reasonably large and set in place the idea of communicating political and policy concerns through peaceful means. Now, on January 19, 2019, several “Women’s Marches” are scheduled to take place across America, although some have been cancelled due to objections by some organizers over the inclusion of individuals suspected of wholesale hatred. Charges of anti-Semitism, bigotry, too many white participants and other concerns have been raised. Of course, the most recent marches occurred after the inauguration of President Trump in January of 2017 when he quickly became the target of many in the feminist camp.
These marchers have every right to engage in demonstration and protest. In my view, some of their concerns are sensible including protecting the environment and helping the needy. At the same time, their website includes LGBTQ rights and “reproductive rights” …. read abortion and the right to put unborn children to death. So, as always with every social movement, we find good and evil motives. Now … I cannot prove this point, but my very clear impression is that abortion remains the hottest and most furious concern of these marchers. (Consider the recent Kavanaugh hearings)
In other words, at its core, it is a march about “self.” The woman supporting abortion is always prepared to demand the “right” of a pregnant woman to have her unborn child put to death. She must have that prerogative without any inhibiting laws or restrictions in play. For her, this constitutes true freedom of choice. Period. It’s about the woman who demands post-conception contraception. Abortion.
On January 18, 2019 there was another march in Washington, D.C. We might call this the unselfish march. Women and men and children from all over America travel great distances …many of them…to stand outside in the cold by the Supreme Court and protest the killing of unborn children. Their highest priority is not self or a woman’s right but the unborn child’s right to life.
A fine article in National Review (Jan. 18, 2019) by writer Alexandra DeSanctis was titled: “Whom Are We Marching for?” She writes about those who join the Right to life March saying:
“They say they want the government to protect the right to life of every human being, including the unborn. They march on behalf of a class of human beings that can do absolutely nothing for them. They demonstrate for a cause that has nothing, ostensibly, to do with their own quality of life. Theirs is a movement motivated by selflessness.”
These marchers have nothing to gain but a hole in their checkbooks and possibly frostbite or pneumonia. They are orderly and dignified and non-combative. There will be no speeches suggesting the assassination of the President or blowing up the White House or demanding that men must be free to marry men to men and women to marry women.
Contrast this with the atmosphere of the other march. Never mind the natural bodily designs of human beings, by the handiwork of God. Such obvious truths must be dismissed. Who cares what God wants? Rather, they assert radical new definitions of reality.
Anyway, the core issue is simply right to life. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that a murderer loses his or her own right to life. We read: Genesis 9:6 (NIV) “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.” The Word of God is irrelevant to most of the marchers but even if everyone dismisses it … it is clear. It is the responsibility of the society to respect the right to life of the image-bearer and that murderers must be punished. Ironically, the Women’s March encourages mothers to be murderers.
INTERESTING, that at no time has anyone in the “March for Life” movement suggested that women who have abortions should be put to death themselves. I have never asserted that, but I do acknowledge it is a logical conundrum. Commentator Chris Matthews likes to ask this question of pro-life people. “If you really believe that abortion is murder how can you not call for capital punishment for the doctor and the woman when abortion has taken place?”
In terms of reasoning, Matthews makes a good point. He delves into a question without an answer. But there are many unanswerable questions in the abortion debate. A more important one, in my view, is this …. I would ask Mr. Matthews if he really believes a child in the womb at eight months can be put to death but a child five minutes after birth has the right to life? In that thinking, right to life depends upon location. In the womb you may be killed. Outside of the womb you are safe … unless you are the victim of Dr. Gosnell who killed babies after their birth.
MY POINT IS that arguing with those who support abortion on demand is usually a hopeless wrangle. As to the mother who makes the abortion choice, my sense is that recompense for her actions will haunt her conscience throughout life and be the tragic punishment that is more than thorough. I say that having spoken with many women in exactly that position.
This essay is wandering but perhaps that is good. The entire issue is a moral and logical cull de sac. In any case, I would like to go to a Women’s March and talk with its leaders and ask them: “Are you really, actually interested in the well-being of women?” I think they are. “Then why are pro-life women not welcome at your marches?” I can imagine the response. In short, any march that insists it stands on the moral high ground but demands the right to take innocent life is not of God, and is certainly disastrous for women.
Hence, these two marches give us a picture of darkness and light. The one insists it is for justice while it demands murderous rights. The other is for justice even at the expense of self. Period. As always, this is more motivation to pray for our nation and keep in mind … that it is hanging by a thread and Heaven is watching. Watching zealous people…without knowledge. Of God.
Isaiah 5:20 (NIV) “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Blessings! Pastor Alberta