The Slavery of Now

Consider this your warning – today I am going to put something out there that needs to be said.  I have wrestled with this and have been reluctant in the past to say something on the issue and have provided a limited discourse on the topic because frankly I have been told that I lack the necessary anatomy from some peoples’ points of view to have a valid and legitimate opinion on the matter.

When I started this whole experiment at shining the truth on life, culture, society, government, and current events, I promised myself that I would not hesitate to speak the truth and I’ve had a revelation on this topic.  So, with that said… off we go.

The rancor over abortion today and the debate on whether a fetus is a human being or just a mass of biological material is the exact same argument we had as a country from the moment we were founded.

In 1787 abolitionists existed, but in order to get the Constitution assembled and passed by the states, they compromised in order to fully incorporate the United States as we now know them.  The compromise that was worked into the Constitution was that blacks were not fully human – they were only considered to be three-fifths human.

It wasn’t until decades later that those abolitionists broke with the Whig party and formed what is known today as the Grand Ole Party, GOP, or Republican Party.  The first Republican President was an abolitionist – Abraham Lincoln, but that is not the point of this text today.

James Stewart eloquently puts the beliefs of abolitionists regarding the institution of slavery; “All people were equal in God’s sight; the souls of black folks were as valuable as those of whites; for one of God’s children to enslave another was a violation of the Higher Law, even if it was sanctioned by the Constitution,” (Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery, 1976).

How is this notably different than the very debate over abortion today?

Pro-Choice/Pro-Abortion advocates tout personal liberty, choice, reproductive freedom, and reproductive rights of the mother.

Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion advocates tout the rights of the unborn child.

A pro-choice advocate would heartily agree with the statement that a fetus is biologically unequal and genetically inferior to it’s mother until the point of becoming viable outside of the womb. This is no different than the argument of vehement slaveholders in the South that argued that blacks were biologically unequal and genetically inferior in defense of slavery (Igranick).  The same exact argument that justified slavery of an entire race of people and rationalized it because they believed that they were subhuman is the same exact argument that allows for the moral flexibility required to justify the destruction of an unborn child because of inconvenience on the part of the mother.

In our past, in the Dred Scott arguments before the Supreme Court, it was said that “Although he may have a heart and a brain, and he may be human life biologically, a slave is not a legal person,” (Vulgata Magazine).

A Wisconsin appellate court stated in an opinion that “the term ‘human being’ was not intended to refer to the unborn child,” (John Whitehead).

These two statements at their cores are not philosophically different as they assign a human qualification “score” to each which does not equate the slave (i.e. baby/fetus) with the slaveholder (i.e. mother).

The same comparisons can be drawn between the legal rights of slaves before emancipation (none) to that of unborn children prior to birth (none) amongst many others.

What this all comes down to is this – that men, despite our lack of the necessary anatomy, definitely have a dog in this fight, just as non-slaveholders had a dog in the fight over slavery over a century ago.  The argument over abortion has long been made one of choice rather than one of equality before the law, but when that choice is most definitely morally wrong and devoid of legal and rational consistency, then we must make our voices heard.

Everyone makes mistakes in life for which we can seek forgiveness, mercy, and grace, but we should not compound our mistakes willingly.  We need to recognize this present-day slavery for what it is and change not law, but rather the very heart of this nation and world.

 

Threats

One of my favorite talk radio hosts has a phrase he often uses: liberals love democracy until the vote doesn’t go their way.  To add substance to this quote, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s debate, a number of tweets flooded Twitter calling for assassinations of Governor Romney or riots should he win the general election come November.

While I take these threats with a grain of salt, I refuse to walk through life with blinders on.  There will be violence in that event.  It may not visit my neighborhood, or even my county, but I would rather be prepared for such an eventuality and not need to rely on my preparations.  I love to wade into the cultural war going on between right and left, good and evil, capitalism and communism, etc… and I sense a palatable amount of vitriol on both sides over this upcoming election.  This country is being divided into two camps.

There is little middle ground between the two, so the culture of animosity has grown since roughly the halfway point of the Clinton presidency by my personal estimation to what you see today.  I don’t believe that the conservatives will riot as they are… you know… conservative.  That usually means that they are more restrained (this is a generality and there are sure to be some examples where it is not true).

At this point you probably wonder why this matters.  If the chance is fairly low in your estimation, why bother talking about it?  Because I love my wife and my kids and I would be negligent in my duties as a husband, father, and protector of my family if I didn’t constantly have a keen eye watching the borders of my personal kingdom.

Whoa whoa whoa… kingdom?

 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Genesis 1:26

Man was made in the image of God.  God is the King of all creation, therefore we are charged with being kings as well.  We are kings over all of creation by design.  We have more specifically been charged to protect our wives and children though.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 5:25

One of the attributes of a good king is that they constantly are on guard against an invasion or an attack.  Those that submit to the king rely on the king to guard their lives and to protect them from all aggressors.  So you can say that I am being paranoid, or you can think hard about your role within your family.  You can be a loving father and husband, but failing at one of your principal duties to your wife and children in that they are protected by you.

The next question you might be asking about now is: how can one man protect his family from a riot?

You took seriously this instruction from Jesus right?

“But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

Luke 22:36

There is one other thing to consider though… even armed, against a riot, I don’t stand a chance alone, but if I ally myself with other similarly minded men… kings… then together we can defend our families.

Image Credit: Oleg Volk

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