To the Journal editor:
Mr. Anderson, you are inaccurate in accusing me that I “ignore all the other ways innocent and vulnerable life is taken or harmed (and) is not in keeping with being a Christian.” I am active in many ministries beyond “merely” abortion, but I believe the death of 60 million innocent unborn children is a national tragedy beyond calculation.
Many Christians pray and act every week for God’s mandate to be fulfilled; “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.” That is “pro-life for the whole life.” However, Earth often resembles hell rather than heaven. I believe this is true for two main reasons.
Firstly, because Jesus said “for out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”
Secondly, the three elements humanity shares guarantees conflict.
Concerning the first reason, ungodly behavior, including gun violence is just that: ungodly. Evil does not proceed from God from mankind. Unless an evil heart and mind are changed for good, all forms of evil are the predictable results.
Concerning the second, the first community we share is faith. Faith and belief are synonyms. We all live what we believe every day. Atheists believe there is no god. Indian worships millions of them. Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures had their own spiritual entourages. Humanists, agnostics, animists, secularists, and every of version have both their form and substance.
The second element is a list of right or wrong, true or false, and good or bad. What’s on those personal lists will differ but they reside in our hearts, souls and minds.
Thirdly, we all have a final authority or authorities. This is where our faith and lists originate. Some people believe the Bible, for others it is the Koran, and countless other writings and belief systems could be listed. Others claim their own authority.
It should be obvious by observing the world that the factors that unite us are the very ones that divide us. There is no universal agreement of our faith, lists or final authority. Therefore conflict will be in the world and in our world. It is virtually impossible to have any substantive conversation on any topic without these foundational elements in the mix.
I noticed you are very prolific in repeating the Democrat “talking points,” and elevate many to Biblical mandates, which is quite inaccurate, but that’s for another time.