Author’s Note: The following column is based on a new book, The Faith: Given Once, For All, by Charles Colson and Harold Fickett.
There was a time when the important question of “when life begins” was in dispute. Now that films like “In the Womb” have become widely available to the public, visual evidence forces reasonable people to answer that question by moving further and further back towards the moment of conception. I believe that since conception is the moment when one’s genetic endowment is established, that is when one’s life begins.
But, of course, for feminists, the debate on abortion involves more than just the question of when life begins. It also involves the question of whether there is a right to life once it begins. Fortunately, our Founding Fathers settled that issue long ago by stating the following:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
That this view of the sanctity of life was inspired by the Bible is now lost among many self-proclaimed liberals. Much of that has to do with the work of propagandists like Christopher Hitchens – a man who asserts falsely that Christians supported slavery until it became unprofitable. He ignores (intentionally, I believe) the contributions of Christians like William Wilberforce and John Wesley. Without them slavery’s demise would have been long delayed.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Galations 3:28 that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This is a quote that planted a seed of sedition in Western culture, which makes it so easy to understand why Wilberforce did what he did. It also makes it difficult to understand the fierce anti-Christian rhetoric and actions of those who claim to be “liberals” and “human rights activists.”
Before the Bible was written, women were deemed inferior to men throughout the world – just as they are today throughout the Islamic World. But the early Christian church stood up for women as no other institution had before. The church denounced divorce, incest, adultery, and polygamy. Christian men were expected to be devoted to one woman within the framework of lifelong marriage.
But, nowhere was the defense of women greater than in the early Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide. In the Roman Empire – not to mention China and India – female babies were sacrificed while the lives of male babies (seen as future warriors) were preserved.
Today, feminists march across stages shouting out various references to their genitals. Meanwhile, Christians are leading the charge against the mass rape of women as a method of terrorism in civil wars in Africa (see www.CongoCast.org).
Today, feminists invite the Sex Workers Art Show to Duke University so a nearly naked transvestite can dance across stage with “F*** Bush” painted on his(?) chest. He stopped dancing, but only in order to insert a lit sparkler in his rectum while “America the Beautiful” was playing in the background. Meanwhile, Christians have enlisted the help of President Bush in fighting the global war on human sexual trafficking.
Today, feminists at UNC-Wilmington print anti-Iraq War fliers saying that the “Bush” War on Terror has not improved the plight of women in Iraq. Meanwhile, terrorists in Iraq strap bombs to mentally retarded women before sending them to die in suicide bombing attacks – giving them no “right to choose” to abort the mission.
While NC State’s Deb Luckadoo fights hard to impede the spread of Christianity, she simultaneously fights to promote homosexuality in a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Center. Meanwhile, many Christians – not just famous ones like Franklin Graham and George W. Bush – dedicate valuable time and resources to the global fight against AIDS, particularly in Africa.
Countless feminists and human rights activists could have their lives transformed if they would only accept Jesus Christ. Perhaps, the same could be said of their movements.