Double Standard

On Erik Young’s blog, Soap and Education, he cautions that Obama is Not a Baby Killer.

Erik makes a good point, and it reminds me of something I’ve been thinking about but have never said out loud or written down.

For the record, I hate abortion. I hate that even one little baby ever had to be killed. I’m against abortion and I definitely consider myself a Pro Life person.

But what does it mean to be Pro Life? To me, it means being against the destruction of any and all innocent life. I think most people Christians would be in agreement with that, right?

So why is it then that people that are concerned about killing innocent babies are pretty much indifferent to the killing of innocent lives during war? Most people just assume that its just one of those unfortunate aspects of war. Well, I don’t think we should be so ambivalent about it like that.

Conservative American Christians won’t even discuss sacred cow of abortion – there is no room for compromise. In truth, I agree with them on that. But how can those same people not also be outraged by the senseless murder – not only of soldiers (ours and theirs) – but of the innocent bystanders in villages and towns that “get in the way” of war?

As Christians, I believe we should make no distinction. Loss of life is loss of life, right? Does it matter if those lives were babies’ or adults or American or Iraqi, Somalian or Bosnian?

To be clear – I support our troops. I’ve got a brother and a brother-in-law in the Air Force, so I support them. But what I can no longer support is the double standard that most Christians have when it comes to picking and choosing which lives matter most.

I’m quite sure God sees all of us humans the same. We are ALL his children and he loves ALL of us the same. Shouldn’t we do the same and abhor the killing of innocent life, regardless of age or method?

Indeed we should.

One Comment

  1. Erik says:

    Well said. It takes a lot of courage to address the inconsistencies in one’s faith and especially as they pertain to the specific communities with whom we worship. In many Christian circles, fetuses are considered somehow more innocent than any other life. I don’t believe that. If life is sacred then ALL of life is sacred. With this election, I couldn’t consider McCain/Palin any more Pro-Life than Obama/Biden. McCain and Palin were so committed to war and then they were, ostensibly, firmly opposed to abortion. There is a disconnect in the minds of many conservative Evangelical that life is life. I know I have many inconsistencies in my life and I don’t pretend to have struck some magical harmonious ethical and psychic balance but I am humble enough to admit that I am a hypocrite and when inconsistencies are brought to light, I begin to think differently about them.

    Thanks for picking this up. You rock!

    BTW, I like the Namaste title. How positively Zen of you. =)