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Crimes of Convenience

The Godfather and myriads of Mafia-themed movies have made organized crime seem like a matter of fictional entertainment – at least to  the average Joe. I can’t say I know much about it except that it is very much a reality, even today.  A life-and-death reality, for some.

It goes something like this: When a criminal is threatened by the existence and activities of another, they have them “taken care of” — they send a “specialist”, aka, a “hitman” to “do the job” of getting rid of them. We call this murder.. And it’s wrong. How cold, callous and heartless does one need to be to “rub out” another person and call it their job?? We file this under the category “organized crime”, and though we don’t know how to control it , we would all agree that it’s wrong.  However, because it doesn’t seem to actually affect most of us on a day-to-day basis, we don’t find it “relevant” and frankly don’t care.  We assume that the police and the Feds are doing something …. But, I digress.

You ever have people that just “rub you the wrong way”?  You know, that person at work that’s always difficult to be around… and you’re relieved when they’re not there.  Or the “friend” who says/does awkward things and makes everyone uncomfortable.  You breathe a sigh of relief when they leave  Yep, I know that person.  I’ve  been there. And, of course there are those people who are at times mean, rude, nasty, antagonistic….

Well, I have an idea.

What if we made a law that said, within the first few months of encountering someone, if you find that you don’t like them, or they seem to make life difficult for you, you can simply have them “removed”.  You can get rid of them and no longer have to deal with them.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

“Wait!  What?! You mean, like, kill them??”

Well, yeah, you know, just have them “taken care of”.

Why not?  If you don’t like it, you don’t have to.  But, shouldn’t I have the right to make my own choice about what works well for my life?  It’s my life, you can’t tell me what to do with it.

And, of course, all kinds of alarms are going off in your head about why that would never be right, and how no one has the right to kill another… but, I tell you we allow it to happen EVERY day.  We actually have a very organized and legalized CRIME system that allows people to remove  those who are seen to be infringing on them, or “take care of” those whom it seems too burdensome deal with.  And we employ “healthcare professionals” to “do the job”.  However, instead of murder, we’ve given it a seemingly innocuous label: Abortion.

Abortion is murder.  It is ending the life of another human being.  Don’t let the mainstream rhetoric convince you otherwise.  This is not about a person’s “choice” or their “body”.  It’s about a real human being that is alive.  It is almost EXACTLY  scenario like I described above.  Excessive  repetition of empty words have convinced us otherwise, and since we can’t “see” that human (they call it a “fetus” and it’s hidden in the womb), many believe them.

Even as a young Christian, I did not agree with the practice of abortion, but thought, “Even if it’s wrong, it’s their choice”.  And many of you reading this may think the same thing.  This post is for you.

On November 11, 2011, I came face to face with the REALITY of life within the womb, but not by choice.  My wife went into premature labor with our son, Samuel.  We were only 16 weeks into the pregnancy [note that abortions can be performed up through the 21st week, depending on the State you live in].  Samuel was born, but could not survive outside of the womb.  We saw him and held him, and he was very much alive (albeit, breifly).  He was very much a person.  In fact, he looked a lot like me (you can read the whole story here).  I could post pictures here, but some would see them as inappropriate…

We loved him.  We wanted him to live, but he didn’t.

In another scenario, Samuel could have been the “unwanted pregnancy”, and at 16 weeks, we could have legally chosen to end his life, and been legally affirmed in our “choice” to do so.  We would have gone in to see the “professionals” who “take care of” these things.  We could have “chosen” his death.  Do you know what they do?

First, they inject a solution into the baby’s heart that makes it stop beating.

Do I need to say more?

Why don’t I just take a gun and shoot it into the heart of the guy down the street that really annoys me.  Isn’t that basically the same thing?  Just because you can see him, it’s wrong?  The baby in the womb is just as alive as that guy!  It has all that same organs and functions — a beating heart, a brain that thinks, nerves that feel….

If were to (against your will) starve you to death; administer a fatal chemical to you, rip you limb from limb, puncture your skull and suck out your brain — each being the equivalent of an abortion “procedure” — I would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, for murder.

We’re not talking about an individual’s “choice”.  If you believe murder is wrong, you can not be okay with abortion.  If the idea of killing people at will disturbs you, you should be disturbed that people would choose to kill a pre-born baby.

For the record, I personally know someone who got pregnant due to rape.  She kept the baby. Now he is her oldest son, and is a treasure to their whole family (she’s married now with other children as well).  I don’t think they could ever imagine a life without him.

I have also known many women who desperately WANT to have children but cannot.  Other women see their pregnancy as “unwanted”… maybe that child IS wanted, just not by them. A baby should not be killed, when a willing mother is crying herself to sleep at night wishing for one.

Life is life, seen or unseen.  Life is valuable.  And each life is “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.. among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness”.

Someone needs to be a voice to the voiceless, and advocate for the oppressed, the unseen, and not stand by while millions are being unjustly killed because they are “unwanted”.  This is true social justice.  This is civil rights.  Don’t stand idly by as this injustice is being perpetrated daily in our land — to the tune of 54,000,000 casualties to date!  And don’t remain silent, or worse yet, applaud, as laws are passed condoning such senseless, mindless, reprehensible crimes against humanity.

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About Jessie

Lover of God. Husband. Dad. Director of the Furnace at Michigan State University.

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One thought on “Crimes of Convenience

  1. right on and very well said! Judy Samps

    Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012, 9:12 am

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