I Am A Grandpa

I Am A Grandpa

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I am a grandpa now! To be clear, I am a grandpa of the little life bouncing around in my lovely daughter-in-law Annie. 

I don’t become a grandpa from the first heartbeat; I don’t become a grandpa when the age of viability is reached; I don’t become a grandpa at birth; I don’t become a grandpa when this life takes its first breath after birth; I am a grandpa now, and became a grandpa at the moment of conception. 

The pro-life argument is not strictly biblical, but many passages certainly support the pro-life view. For example, Genesis 1:27Job 33:4Psalm 127:3-5, and Psalm 139:13-16, to name a few, but it is also philosophical and scientific. 

SLED

A philosophical example would be the simple SLED test. Human value is not based on Size, Level of development, Environment, or Degree of dependency.

Considering the size, some might say the unborn is just a clump of cells; consequently, Annie is not a mother, and you are not a grandpa, yet. Well, we are all just a clump of cells; what does that have to do with the clump of cells being a distinct human entity? This clump of cells is alive, growing, and human. Am I worth more than a 2-year-old little girl? Obviously not, and especially not to the parents of that little girl. That clump of cells from the first germinal stage is a distinct and separate human life. This life has their own DNA and is defined as ‘life’ by any biology textbook.

After size, if you look at the level of development, you will see that criteria can’t determine value. For example, a three-year-old girl does not have a fully developed reproductive system, so she can’t bear children. Does that somehow make her less valuable? Obviously, the unborn is less developed than the 3-year-old girl, so does she have an even lesser value? Equating a human’s value to their development level is clearly abhorrent to the clear thinking. 

How does location change the value of a human? Does traveling down a 7-inch birth canal suddenly bestow personhood, value, and human rights to that individual? 

Finally, does dependency alter value? Yes, the unborn is dependent on the mother, but newborns are also dependent on their mother/parents for love, security, and a safe environment. Should mothers be allowed to kill their newborns because they need them for nutrition or safety? 

DISCRIMINATION

The SLED method points out what abortion really is, discrimination based on size, development, location, and dependency. The strong, those in complete control, are allowed to disqualify the weak and defenseless. Recall in history, another class of human beings considered to be less valuable because of another arbitrary characteristic. African Americans because of their skin color. 

You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with a fairer skin than your own. – Abraham Lincoln

SCIENCE

How do I know I am a grandpa now? Science. If you are already rolling your eyes, you will not like anything else I have to say. Nevertheless, if you have got this far, I encourage you to keep reading and thoughtfully consider my points. 

Why do I say science? One example is the technology we use today; women can take a pregnancy test at home, which measures the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). About two weeks after conception, HCG can be detected in the blood or urine.1

Another example is how biologists define life? I had this discussion with my friend Dennis, a biology professor, when I went backpacking for two weeks with him in Wyoming. He explained that biologists define life with several criteria: organization, homeostasis, metabolism, growth, response, reproduction, and adaptation.2

Some terms might change depending on your source, but they all help us determine the characteristics necessary for something to be defined as life. 

BIOLOGY DEFINES LIFE

From conception, there is organization. Cells too tiny to see with the human eye carry out the activities necessary for life, forming complex structures. Homeostasis involves feedback controls and the life seeking to maintain a stable internal environment as it deals with external changes. Metabolism is simply converting energy from chemicals into various and specific cellular structures. Growth is cell division, and it grows in size or number. The response trait is the ability of life to react to its environment. Reproduction is the ability to multiply or procreate, which for most life does not come till later stages of development. Finally, adaptation is the ability to adjust to a change in an environment.3

There is no question that the unborn are alive from the moment of conception. There is no question that the unborn are human from the moment of conception. 

Of course, you will not hear this from the pro-choice advocates. Not long ago Chris Cuomo tweeted, “…the pro-life position is more about faith and feeling than fact.”4 It is a typical claim that Christians and pro-life advocates base their arguments on the Bible, blind faith, and feelings, none of which have anything remotely to do with facts and science. 

LIFE AFTER FIRST BREATH

Last month a woman named Ann on Facebook defended the claim that life does not begin till the first breath. I have heard others make the same claim and then quote Genesis 2:7 to support their view. “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (NIV) Technically, God’s breath began life, not when a human first takes a breath after birth, but let’s dig a little deeper. 

Pro-choice supporters say the Bible says life begins at first breath. Of course, clumps of cells don’t breathe air in the womb. Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being.” Let me be clear; this is a descriptive statement, not prescriptive. It describes how and when Adam came to life, not when all human beings come to life. Scripture does not teach that everyone comes to life at their first intake of oxygen into their lungs, and to make that claim is complete rubbish.

Again scientific because I can quote a textbook for medical students, “Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoon development) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”5

The pro-life argument is founded on the principle that intentionally killing an innocent human being is wrong, which is precisely what abortion does.

The unborn are alive, the unborn are human, the unborn are innocent, and the unborn are helpless, so tell me what justification do you have for abortion? And before you toss out the rape and incest card which is less than 1% let’s settle the other 99%. 

  1. Smith, Lori. “Pregnancy tests: All you need to know.” Medical News Today, medicalnewstoday.com, 24 May 2017, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295001. []
  2. Mason, Kenneth; Losos, Jonathan; Singer, Susan. “The Science of Biology.” Biology, New York, McGraw Hill, 2017, pgs. 2-3. []
  3. “Life.” Biology Online, biologyonline.com, 16 June 2022, https://www.biologyonline.com/dictionary/life []
  4. Cuomo, Chris. [ChrisCuomo]. Twitter, 7 May 2019, https://twitter.com/ChrisCuomo/status/1125740694977548288 []
  5. Keith Moore, T. V. N. Persaud, and Mark Torchia, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 10th Edition, Philadelphia: Saunders, 2015), pg 11. []
You too can gather and bless a late-term abortion clinic

You too can gather and bless a late-term abortion clinic

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The Washington Post reported that Rev. Carlton Veazey and others gathered in Bethesda, just outside of Washington D.C. to pray for and bless the doctor and nurses who perform late-term abortions at the clinic.

Veazey said in his prayer, “God of grace and God of glory, in whom we move and live,” as he opened a prayer for the well-being of the doctor and nurses who facilitate abortions at a clinic here and for their patients. “Keep them safe and keep them strong. And may they always know that all that they do is for Thy glory.”1

Keep them safe, certainly! I don’t advocate violence done to doctors and nurses who perform late-term abortions. But praying they are kept strong, (I assume so they can continue their horrendous practice), nope, not happening. I was thinking about some kind of paralysis to take place when they begin their work. How about temporary blindness, something beyond the blindness they already suffer from? Or some kind of speech impediment so they can’t spread the lies of abortion being a solution to a problem.

Then Veazey prays for them to know they do it for the glory of God? I have to ask, how do late-term abortions glorify God? What about abortion would honor and exalt God, much like our worship on Sunday morning?

If abortions give Glory to God why not higher a worship band? Christians can gather around and worship outside the clinic. For that matter, Veazy could hold his Sunday morning worship service outside the clinic, they would not even have to higher a worship band, just use the talent within his own congregation. If abortions glorify God why not celebrate it like we do so many other aberrations in our culture?

The Roman arena once a bloodbath of human degradation and suffering was celebrated as entertainment by the Romans, but this pails compared to the 3000 abortions that take place each day in the U.S.

Reverend Veazey was joined with four other Christian pastors and a Rabbi who obviously feel the life of the unborn is superseded by the health and free will of not only women but men who support abortion. Rabbi Charles Feinberg who was there supporting the blessings on the clinic and staff said about abortion “…but it is never murder. It only becomes that once the baby is born.”2

I could point out the absurd weakness of such a view using the SLED tactic, but I have done so already in other postsWhat I want to understand is how someone can suggest that God is glorified by abortion.

What does it mean to glorify God? How do we do that? What does scripture say on the topic of Glorifying God? In the NIV you can find the word ‘glory’ 160 times in the Old Testament. The word glory in Hebrew, (kabod) can be used in a positive or negative sense. The root in a bad sense means to be heavy, but in the good sense, it means to be rich, numerous, or honorable. You will find it quite a few times in Exodus when God hardens the Pharaoh’s heart. Exodus 14:4, Exodus 14:17, and Exodus 14:18. Another example of the word, (Tip’eret) can be found in Ester 1:4 which means splendor, honor, fine, or beautiful.

If we look in the New Testament, the Greek word for glory (doxa) means splendor, brilliance. So the question is how do we give glory to God when He already has it? What do we do when we worship Him? We are ascribing worth to Him, acknowledging His value, splendor, and brilliance. In worship we recognize God’s attributes, what He does for us through redemption, adoption, and sanctification. Trusting what He has done through the cross with the gift of salvation and affirming this trust in our daily actions and thoughts.

Got Questions considers both the Old and New Testament when exploring what it means to glorify God wrote. They wrote, “Putting the two together, we find that glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness and give Him honor by praising and worshiping Him, primarily because He, and He alone, deserves to be praised, honored and worshipped. God’s glory is the essence of His nature, and we give glory to Him by recognizing that essence.”3

John Frame who wrote, Apologetics to the Glory of God explained three types of apologetics. Apologetics for proof, apologetics for defense, and apologetics for offense. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul tells us to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Suggesting that abortions glorify God certainly falls under what Paul was talking about in Corinthians. Taking an offensive approach Frame wrote about liberal theologians like Rev. Carlton Veazey, “Liberal theologians who refuse to be subject to the Bible and who freely incorporate non-Christian ideas into their theologies, also regularly deny the biblical Creator-creature distinction. They insist on thinking autonomously (i.e., recognizing no absolute standard outside themselves), denying the Creator’s authority over them.”4 

Veazey and others who manipulate and twist scripture to suit and justify their political agenda are no better than a dog who returns to lap up his own vomit. 2 Peter 2:20-22 They give the appearance of being part of the body but are actually rejecting God’s word and His commands, (2 Peter 2:21) They have their own agenda and use or spin scripture to support their view. Sure they claim to be Christian but are actually rejecting what they once knew, or never knew. For some this passage is difficult because it suggests that some who have been saved have fallen away, but whether they have fallen away or were never saved in the first place is irrelevant to this discussion. 

I celebrated with other family members this past weekend the union of my great nephew Josiah Gill to his wife Natalie. I was reflecting on how the two become one much like the egg an sperm become one.

The embryo or fetus is an individual separate from their mother. To suggest the embryo is part of the mother and therefore the mother has the ‘right’ to do with her own body what she wishes to do is not supported by science.

For example, the embryo has his or her own sex, most notably if it is a boy how could it be part of the mother? Fetus’ have their own individual fingerprints not only different from the mother, but different from anyone else in the world. The fetus has their own DNA. Finally, we all know that embryos can be conceived in a petri dish. If an embryo is part of the mother, then following that logic the embryo is part of the petri dish, but obviously, they are not.5

This behavior is really nothing new. Veazey is not the first and will not be the last to use his position, title, and personal theology to support his opinions on the abortion issue. What is sad though is how he uses scripture to justify his decision. A decision that is clearly counter to what scripture teaches and destroys lives all around him.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

Sources:
1. Zauzmer, Julie. “Clergy gather to bless one of the only U.S. clinics performing late-term abortions.” Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com. 29 January 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/01/29/clergy-gather-to-bless-an-abortion-clinic-which-provides-rare-late-term-abortions-in-bethesda/

2. Ibid.

3. “What Does It Mean to Glorify God?” GotQuestions.org[i], Got Questions, 21 Feb. 2018, www.gotquestions.org/glorify-God.html.

4. Frame, John. “The Message of the Apologist.” Apologetics to the Glory of God P & R Publishing, 1994, p.42

5. Geisler, Norman. Jimenez, Jason. “Is Abortion Murder.” The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions Baker Books, 2015. p.204

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