I do not participate in politics, and I do not vote about how my tax money is used. I did not vote for President Obama, nor did I vote for his opponent. My non-participation is not out of apathy, but, rather, because I believe that God has called me to a different role in life before the return of Christ. However, that role does involve pointing out sin and describing where this nation is headed, and the March 9th change in American embryonic stem cell research policy is a horrible sign of an atrocious attitude toward human life. Really — absolutely vomitous.
First, the idea that revoking the previous administration’s ban on federal funding of such embryo-destructive research is somehow “removing ideology” from science or “restoring integrity” to science is so ludicrous that it would be laughable if it weren’t so horrific. It’s almost as if one is saying, “By this taking this ideologically driven action, I hereby remove ideology from playing any role.” The stand that destroying human life for the sake of scientific research — embryonic or otherwise — is acceptable is just as much an ideological stand as saying the opposite, and to think otherwise is nothing but hypocrisy and political theater (unless it is profound ignorance, which is always a possibility, I suppose).
I wonder… If it ever becomes necessary to place a ban on federal funding of involuntary experimentation on the comatose, elderly, or infirm, will that ban be derided as “ideological” or “lacking scientific integrity”?
Secondly, it occurs to me that when politicians consider such issues as when human life begins as being above their pay grade, it is all the more remarkable how willing they are to carelessly pass legislation concerning such matters as if they have all the answers.
Of course, there is Someone for whom the issue is not above His pay grade. And this country’s attitudes towards its most innocent and vulnerable have already garnered His attention. I doubt that this has escaped His notice, either.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe that the other side of this national debate (or non-debate) is guilty of its own hypocrisy, and I cannot understand those who believe that creating embryos to be eternally frozen in pursuit of having children is somehow a pro-human life position.
But I try to call it as I see it, and Monday’s change in policy represented another black eye for this nation’s respect for humanity, which God created in His own image. Will it help us along to a fulfillment of Revelation 18:13 (trading in the “bodies and souls of men”) in the economy of the Beast power — which is not the U.S., by the way — that is as yet unfathomable? Interesting idea, but I certainly don’t claim to know. But I guarantee you, the consequences will not be good.
I’d love to write more about this, but the time escapes me (and, frankly, if I did have more time I would be more tempted to create a cleaner essay for use as a Tomorrow’s World commentary). But for now, let me content myself with refering you to some earlier posts on the subject (some of which, after a bit of cleaning up, did become TW commentaries):
- Amendment 2 in Missouri – The Issues BOTH Sides Ignore
(TW commentary version: “Stem Cell Research – what BOTH sides miss”)
- A Whiff of Truth and a Sniff of Lie in a National Geographic Caption
(TW commentary version: “A subtle upgrade for ‘human embryos'”)
- AP article puts the lie to “not cloning” propaganda
- Good News & Bad News on Stem Cell Research
- British regulators approve of Cowboys
- A Tip of the Hat to a Guy on the Wrong Side