Now, there are many ways I could respond to this comment (which did on Facebook); I could talk about straw men, political positions or a lot of other stuff, but I’m not going there. Instead, I’m going to use this to continue a trend I’m starting: talking about what I believe rather than ranting about what I don’t believe. Wish me luck with that.
The author of the comment asked if I am willing to defend her right to life with the same vigor as I would the criminal who might try to take her life. The answer is, I’m not sure. If that means I have to support a system that violates the rights of the accused by taking advantage of their ignorance, the answer is no. If that means I have to support a system that disproportionately executes people because the color of their skin or their economic status, the answer is no. If that means I have to support a system that uses violence to punish violence because violence is wrong, the answer is no. If that means I have to support a system that values property over human life, the answer is no. I refuse to support a system that doesn’t respect all life as sacred because that is opposed to what I believe. I believe that every one of us is a child of God and the life of every one of us is just as valuable as any other. Does that mean I hold the life of someone like Osama bin Laden as sacred as I do that of my children? Yes, it does. Now, I’m sure someone is out there thinking, “That’s easy for him to say. Nothing really bad has ever befallen his family.” The sad part is, they may be right. Because I’m human, I am broken and it’s all too easy for me to place my wants, needs and desires before anyone else. I hope never encounter something so awful, but if I do, I hope I remember these words from Matthew 5:43-48:
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.