Because of the fact we have not taken sufficient care to make certain our children learn what they should learn, more and more we and our children worry far too much about “succeeding” in this world. More and more we do not give enough care to the next.
What has become our idea of success? That’s a secure, good-paying job; a sexy spouse with a secure, good-paying job; a couple of clean, smart and healthy children; a house in a beautiful neighborhood; a car the screams upper crust, ….
In modern America, success revolves around the worship of four idols: self, sex, stuff, and state. That’s why the ultimate job is with the government, a job that comes with power, prestige, and a large, steady income.
When people worship self, sex, stuff, and state; ethics do not much matter. What matters is might. Do I have the power and influence to get what I want?
Do we have to imagine what a society composed of people who worship self, sex, stuff, and state? No! We merely have to study the wars of the last century and the perils of this century. Because we are so dangerous to each other, war has always been among our greatest perils. So it is I wrote TWO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT ATTITUDES TOWARDS CONFLICT RESOLUTION. What we worship determines our moral values, and there are essentially two extremes, two entirely different worldviews.
- Might makes right: when we do not love our neighbor, we regard our neighbor on as an object. Objects have no rights. Objects exist only to be exploited. When an object has something we want, then all that matters is whether we have the power to exploit that object.
- Right makes might: when we love our neighbor, we want what is best for that person. Thus, we respect their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When love is mutual, we can achieve peace with relative ease. Then we seek to achieve peace by doing what is right.
Those who believed in slavery — those who still believe in slavery — see others as objects to be used. The issue of exploitation is not so much a matter of law as ethics. Without sound ethical standards, the law is whatever those who want slaves say it is. Therefore, the Southern planters, determined to have and uphold their “right” to own slaves fought to extend slavery into the territories (twisting the Constitution with Dred Scott v. Sandford), eventually precipitating a war the president they rejected, dearly wanted to avoid.
Similarly, those determined to treat the unborn as objects found a here-to-fore unknown “right” in the Constitution (Roe v. Wade). Whereas the slave masters argued that their slaves were subhuman and that people had always owned slaves, the abortionists argued the unborn are just blobs of flesh and that women had always aborted their children when they found them inconvenient.
Yet some will say an unborn child is clearly not human and a slave clearly is human. Really?
- It is legal to abort a child until the moment of birth. What makes that moment so special?
- Does a six month old infant have the capacity to speak. Isn’t that child still dependent. Is it not an offense to the rights of the caregiver — the mother — if she is not allowed to dispose of “it” as she wishes.
- Did you know it use to be common for people to sell their children, even themselves, into slavery? Impoverish people are almost useless. If someone has to take care poor people, what is wrong with making them slaves?
- What about women? Don’t women have to be protected? Don’t most societies recognize women are inferior? Don’t lots of people abort babies just because they are female? Why should a puny, emotional woman be given the full rights of citizen? Only weak men, men who love their ladies, would even consider such a thing.
- And the old? Who wants to live in a nursing home anyway?
Yet consider the irony. It is women who call themselves feminists who most vehemently argue for abortion, disdaining the unborn as fetuses. Is it not because of love that men are willing to treat women as their equals. What is loving about treating a baby, even at the moment of conception human, as an unwanted blob of flesh? Why reject such a miracle of life from a loving God?
Does anyone know when a human being acquires rights, even God-given rights? Is it the moment of conception? The moment of birth? At 18 or 21 years of age. Why don’t we abort teenagers? Surely, teenagers can be lots of trouble and expense. Until we choose to love each other as Jesus told us to love each other, do we have a good answer?