I am not sure today's response is "artful" in that I have not done an art project, but it is in response to what my friend James wrote on Thursday. So first, I'll start with a haiku:
the first seed drops
constitutes, forms, lives, and dies
It was very tempting to put "beguine-ing again".
However, I want to respond to this:
"Conclusion: a religiously grounded anti-abortion ideology is a dead letter."
I totally agree. You can't get to anti-abortion ideology without disregarding God's own abortion plan. In Numbers 5:11-22, "The Test for an Unfaithful Wife," verses 16-18 are about the "water of bitterness" that brings on "the curse." And, the priests, no less, were the people who prescribed the abortion. Socially, I bet it was a lot easier to cause an abortion than to deal with the women who would then be stoned to death and the repercussions of this public display of the failure of the husband's and the priest's leadership.
Now, before people say, "But Jesus came and the old law is moot," let us also point out that Jesus said, "Don’t even begin to think that I have come to do away with the Law and the Prophets. I haven’t come to do away with them but to fulfill them." (Matt 5:17). Remembering that Numbers is part of the law. The law is not just the Ten Commandments. It is the 613 laws in the entirety of Hebrew scripture (the Old Testament). I'll say it again, 613 laws.
Now, that is not to say that you cannot have an ethic of life, but let's apply it evenly, shall we? Let us lift up the lives of all, unborn to born, children to adults. Abolish the death penalty. Abolish children in cages (yes, I know, Obama did it too). Abolish people dying from hunger in America. And so on. Truly let everyone live. Amen? Amen!
Thank you for listening to my teeny tiny rant today!