Pastor Scott Summers
Student & Young Adult Pastor
If you’ve been reading any of my blog posts, by now I’m sure you’ve come to expect a certain style from me: an unmatched depth of vocabulary, brilliant and timely sarcasm, and ingenious wit. For this blog, I will not be exercising those gifts (okay, maybe some sarcasm), as I desire to bring up a serious topic that doesn’t get talked about in the Church: our benefit from abortion.
A few years back I saw a movie called Freakonomics on Netflix that first started drawing my ear to this subject. They point out that crime in the 1980’s was climbing to an all-time high, and that most experts predicted that the 1990’s would see an even greater increase in crime across the nation, except that’s not what happened. Crime in this country began to drop significantly in the early 90’s. Naturally, politicians and lawmakers pointed to themselves as brilliant strategists, but the film makes this hypothesis:
“Unwanted children who are born are statistically more likely to commit crimes as adults, but unwanted children who are not born commit ZERO crimes as adults (obviously, because they were never born). Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, making abortions legal and thus opening the floodgates for abortions in the U.S. 20 years later, when these babies would have been adults, this entire generation of (likely) criminals was non-existent, and the crime rate fell drastically.”
Some are making the case that the sacrifice of these unwanted babies is for the greater benefit of the nation, as less crime is better for everyone. Does everyone truly benefit though? Certainly not the percentage of babies who would’ve grown to lead productive lives, marry, have kids, etc.
Now still others are stating that aborted babies are used in the process of developing vaccines (again, for the greater good, right?!). Cells, or “cell lines” are taken from the aborted babies, labeled with numbers and letters (WI-38, MRC-5, PER C6, etc.), and then used by scientists in a lab to make such vaccines as the MMR-II (measles, mumps, rubella), Pentacel (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB), Varivax (chickenpox), and many more. For more information on this (including vaccines developed ethically)
please see this article: RTL.org
I get this is uncomfortable. I have firsthand knowledge that the issue of vaccines is one that divides family and friends within the Church and outside of it. I’m not here preaching any kind of autism-related argument either. I’m simply saying, if the nation benefits from the sacrifice of babies, should we, the Church, look the other way and partake in these benefits as well?
I can’t help but think about the practice of child sacrifice in the Old Testament. This mostly occurred in the worship of the Ammonite god Molech, where living children were placed on the red-hot hands of a bronze statue where they either died or were rolled into a fire pit below. The sick irony is that Molech was viewed as a protecting father figure. This false god Molech offered protection for the masses in exchange for the sacrifice of a few babies. Unethical vaccines promise protection for the masses in exchange for the sacrifice of a few babies.
So what is the solution? As the article above states, there are alternative vaccines that use synthetic cell lines. Demand these alternatives. This is how the market works, if enough people demand a product, the market bends to the will of the consumer. If there is no alternative, pray and have faith that God will protect your child from whatever disease they would’ve been vaccinated for. The potential safety of our children is not worth the participation in the modern-day practice of Molech worship. God is greater
than Molech. God is the better Father. God is the better protector. Don’t let this issue divide the Church as it does the world. This is a call to unite in faith against the enemy, and against the “benefits” of abortion.