Paul's Passing Thoughts

Abortion: Oh! I get it.

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 3, 2013

ppt-jpeg4I like to think a lot. I think about all kinds of stuff. Recently, I was thinking about abortion. Per the usual, I try to think past the what and figure out the why. And per the usual, I factor in the idea that most people are pretty smart. Just calling people stupid is easy and requires little thinking.

I know abortion is a moral issue. In the Old Testament, God warned Israel not to be like other nations who allowed child sacrifice. For some spiritual benefit (which of course is always deemed to have a pragmatic result) people sacrificed their children to the gods. Likewise, people in our day sacrifice the child in their womb for some kind of benefit.

But not always. Not only is simply calling people stupid the easy way out, often, the moral angle is an easy way out as well. What about the victims of rape? Should they be made to bear the child of their rapist? I don’t know. That question would take a lot of contemplation. Perhaps that should be a choice. Perhaps the morning after pill would be an acceptable alternative there. As I get older, I am more and more comfortable with saying, “I don’t know.” But a caution here as well: that’s an easy way out also. As a pastor, it’s my duty to know as much as God is willing to teach me. “I don’t know” doesn’t help people.

So, from a political standpoint, abortion seems to be ridiculous. But let’s pause here a moment. Pastor’s need to understand this thing we call “philosophy.” Actually, parishioners need to understand it even more. Philosophy is metaphysics (what is), epistemology (how we know what is), ethics (how we apply what is), and politics (how we communicate what is). Pastors who say, “I stay out of politics” are not stupid, they are just confused because some people do politics for a living. They are engaging in politics every time they tell their wives they are going golfing on Monday. People who say, “Two discussions I stay away from in a gathering are religion and politics” are really stating that they are not participating in half of life.

From a political standpoint, I am confused that liberal democrats support abortion while conservative democrats don’t. Um, do the math, isn’t that self-elimination? Are they stupid? No, they are not. “Then what’s going on?” I thought. Then the lightbulb went on.

Tyranny is never about numbers. Tyranny has always been about the enlightened few ruling over the unenlightened masses. And by the way, this is where religion and politics are inseparable. Look across the vast ocean of religions: they all fall into two categories; tyrannical caste, or competent freedom. Once the masses are convinced of the “right to choose,” we are one step away from who chooses. Ever heard of China? Tyranny always starts with a government offering to the masses. Ronald Reagan once said that the ten most terrifying words in the world are, “We are the government and we are here to help.”

Abortion is about tyranny. It is an offer by the government to take the easy way out at the end of the easy process that got you there. The lie is that it will always be your choice. No, no, the easy way always leads to bondage. The easy way is always the breadcrumbs to the snare.

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