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05/29/17

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Why are So Many Christians Pro-Choice?

The Bible reveals that there are only two types of law used by nations to make judgments.  Being pro-choice on abortion often hinges upon whether or not these two types of law are correctly understood.  Sadly, most Christians do not know how to distinguish between these two kinds of law.  Even lawyers that profess to be Christian often ignore the differences. 

The first type of law is against things that are evil in and of themselves.  Because it is always bad to do them, criminal justice textbooks call these mala in se crimes, which means, bad in itself.  What makes mala in se violations immoral?  The answer is that these criminal acts rebel against the unchanging, immutable, righteous character of God.   

Gods character is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  No circumstance or goal can change Gods character or His sense of morality.  In Gods view, mala in se crimes such as larceny, rape, and murder are always wrong regardless of the type of government, circumstances, election campaign, or benefit surrounding them.   

The second type of law is against things that are not evil.  Why would anybody create a second type of law against things not intrinsically evil?  The answer: As an effort to try to attain a certain goal or a specific effect. 

When someone uses law to regulate an action that has some valid use, the statute creates what textbooks call mala prohibta crime.  Such imposed regulations may have little or no moral force behind them.  This is why they may be rightly changed to make the act totally legal again.

Many laws in the bible fall under this second category.  For example, it is not evil in itself to wear clothing made from mixed fibers, but God regulated such by law for Israelites (Leviticus 19:19).   God created such regulations to achieve a goal or effect, which was to illustrate doctrinal truth to Jews through symbolic gestures. 

Speed limits and drug regulations are also examples of mala prohibita crimes.  For example, certain drugs have legitimate uses, but lawmakers may put regulations or restrictions on their use in an attempt to create a specific result.  Again, regulatory prohibitions are only used on things that are not evil in themselves because the thing has at least one legitimate use. 

Is there a morally legitimate situation in which larceny, rape, or murder can be performed or regulated?  No, they are mala in se crimes and as such are always evil.  Abortion - an act having the express intent to kill a child and no desire to help it survive - is also always evil, regardless of the situation.  Abortion is a mala in se act. 

Remember, when a legal system looks at something as having at least one morally legitimate purpose, it is not completely outlawed, but civil leaders may choose to regulate it.  However, when public leaders wrongly misplace certain forms of murder under mala prohibita regulations, such murders are immorally grouped into the same category as parking tickets and demolition permits. 

Mislabeling abortion, a mala in se crime of murder, as being a mala prohibita act under regulatory law will ultimately do two things:  pervert public understanding of morality and undermine the personhood of pre-born children.  Do you doubt this?  Then discern if the following pro-choice laws teach that abortion is a mala in se act or a mala prohibita act that abortion is always evil or merely something to regulate?

 

       If the mother waits 24 hours, then its legal for her to choose abortion.

       If the mother reads literature on abortion procedures and after effects, then its okay for her to choose abortion.

       If the mother has her parents permission, then she can choose abortion.

       If the baby is given a sedative, then the mother can choose abortion.

       If an ultrasound has been provided to the mother, then she can choose abortion.

       It is okay for a mother to choose abortion if the father is a criminal   (For example, the fathers crime was rape or incest).

       It is legal for a mother to choose abortion if her baby is birthed no farther than its bellybutton (The so-called PBA ban).

       If a state law allows abortion, then it is okay for a mother to choose abortion. 

Nobody should do evil, even the lesser of two evils, in hope that some good may come from it.  Yet, many Christians support mala prohibita laws against abortion by saying that they would rather do something that will be accepted, even if it is clearly pro-choice, than to risk failure when it comes to saving any babies.   

In contrast, people in the Bible faced threats of impending doom and failure for standing upon Gods righteousness.  Holding onto moral absolutes in the face of certain doom made real heroes in the bible and it allowed Gods blessing.

Is saving more lives by all means possible an absolute moral command in the bible?   The correct answer is, No.  This is one reason why it is always wrong for a vigilante to bomb abortion clinics.  Likewise, we should not legitimize through regulations anything fundamentally evil. 

Consider the fact that physical security specialists and safety officers mitigate risks, but they are not expected to eliminate all risk at all cost.  This is why Jesus equated offering ones own life to save other lives as being an act of love, not a response to a mandate to save lives by any means possible (John 15:13).  The corollary to the self-sacrifice that Jesus spoke of, however, is that you should never offer up someone elses life, including a pre-born baby, through regulatory laws in hopes of saving other lives.  One reason is because love endorses or legislates no harm towards an innocent neighbor (Romans 13:10).   

It would have kept many lives from being snuffed out by ruthless dictators, but Jesus did not compromise His righteous principles to accept the throne over all the kingdoms of the world when Satan made his liberal offer (Matthew 4:8-10).  Likewise, Noah and his sons did not kidnap anyone and tie them up in the ark to save lives (Genesis 7:13).  These examples follow the biblical ban against committing or merely compromising over mala in se acts, even when the goal is to save lives.  Such examples should reinforce the principle that it is always wrong to do something immoral in hopes that some good may come of it.  

 

QUESTION:  Should Christians do anything that goes against the moral character of God if they think some good could come from it?     

ANSWER 1:     It is far better to only do things that are morally right, even if doing right may bring negative repercussions.  Do right and risk the consequences. 

        For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. (1 Peter 3:17)

 ANSWER 2:    Doing a little evil when it appears necessary to help a good cause will eventually lead to damnation and failure.   

        And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. (Romans 3:8)  

 

WARNING:  Judging the morality of a decision upon immediate or expected results is not biblical.  For example, judging the moral value of a strategy by comparing abortion statistics can be very misleading.  Pregnancy rates, and thus abortions, are declining via a dramatic rise in the use of chemical abortifacients such as the morning after pill, the abortifacient in common birth control pills, reproductive damage from venereal diseases, abortion after effects, and from increased experimentation with lesbianism.  Surgical abortion rates can decline while unrecorded chemical abortions increase.  Likewise, when wicked people oppose a law, such does not mean that Christians should endorse it.

 

        Written by SupremeJustice.Org 2008

 

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