America – The Land of Hypocrites?
America was once called “the land of the free”. However, one could argue that we have lost that complement, only to earn a new title … “The Land of Hypocrites”.
What is a hypocrite? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a hypocrite is a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right, but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs. By a simple review of American statistics, hypocrisy is the only explanation for what we see:
- According to Pew Research, 93.8% of American’s surveyed claim to be Christian.1
- Yet in another Pew Research study, 46% do not find abortion morally wrong. This is also supported by the fact that 51.1% of Americans voted for President Obama, who supports all forms of abortion, including partial birth abortions. 2
If 93.8% of Americans claim to be Christian, then only 6.2% of Americans should find no moral issues with abortion. The fact that it is 46%, and one could argue it’s 51% given the voting record, can only be explained by hypocrisy.
Why is abortion contrary to Christianity? Simply stated, life begins at conception. As Christians, we place our faith in the Word of God, the Bible. One can’t claim to be a Christian, but also deny the Bible as the Word of God.
The Bible tells us that we are more than just a physical body; we are body, soul, and spirit. Thus, when our physical body dies, our soul and spirit continue to live for eternity. Why is this important to understand? It helps us to know when life begins, since life begins when our soul and spirit are created. Here is what we know from the Bible:
- My words come from my upright heart; My lips utter pure knowledge. The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:3-4)
- For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)
We learn two very important truths from these verses … (1) life (our spirit and soul) comes from the breath of God, and (2) it starts at conception in the mother’s womb.
Given these Biblical truths, abortion ends the life of the baby, regardless of age or size in the womb. Abortion is intentional, and intentionally ending a life is murder.
As Christians, we can’t support abortion, at any stage of development or for any reason, without being hypocrites. Let’s reverse this trend. Let’s return to the Land of the Free … a land where the unborn have the same right to life as the rest of us.
by Chris J