Robert Jeffress

Last Friday evening President Obama announced that he would be seeking congressional authorization for a limited strike against Syria. Many experts believe that the President already has the constitutional authority for such an attack. However, President Obama’s case for military action in retaliation for the atrocities of the Assad regime could be strengthened considerably if the President could make his appeal to the American people based on transcendent moral principles. But he can’t.

The attempt by President Obama and progressives like Nancy Pelosi to stir up our outrage against Assad for gassing several hundred Syrian children would be more effective if the President and his supporters demonstrated the same compassion for the lives of more than a million children in our country whose lives were ended through abortions last year. Why is genocide in Syria intolerable while infanticide in our country is not only permissible, but considered a constitutional right? By what moral authority do we deny the leader of another nation his “freedom of choice” to exterminate his own people, yet empower our own citizenry to kill their children and even provide hundreds of millions of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood to carry out the executions?

I can hear the liberal howl across America as I type these words. “You pro-life people are always trying to turn every issue into a debate about abortion. There is no moral equivalency between Assad’s heinous acts against his own people and the personal, painful choice of a mother to terminate a pregnancy.” But, alas, there is.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s statement to reporters this week about her rationale for supporting military action against Assad was the genesis of my thoughts for this column. Pelosi related to journalists a conversation she had with her five-year-old grandson about the reason for going to war against Assad. “They have killed hundreds of children,” the former speaker of the House told her grandson. “Were these children in America?” the little boy inquired. “No, but they’re children wherever they are,” Pelosi responded. Exactly.

Both the Assad atrocities and abortion represent attacks against the most vulnerable members of society: children. We are understandably horrified by the pictures of endless rows of Syrian children’s corpses. But if we laid side by side the remains of the millions of children who have been aborted in the last forty years—many during the second and third trimesters with discernible features—I imagine there would be an even greater outcry from the American people.

Robert Jeffress

Dr. Robert Jeffress is pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas and an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.