Methodists Weigh In On Gosnell
A mainline denominational agency has gone where all of its pro-choice allies fear to tread. The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society has broken the total silence among the mainline enablers of abortion and responded to the guilty verdict in the Kermit Gosnell trial:
The verdict has been released and Doctor Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of the grisly murder of newborn babies who will only ever be known as Baby A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E. He was also found guilty of the drug overdose of a Bhutanese immigrant, Karnamaya Mongar. We mourn this tragic loss of life, as well as the pain and loss Dr. Gosnell has caused countless other women and families.
Although justice has been served – a murderer has been convicted and tougher regulations and inspections enforced in Pennsylvania – this case has become the latest battlefield in the abortion debate, but it is unclear why.
Gee, I can’t imagine. Could it be that it revealed the culture of laxity surrounding enforcement of laws and regulations of the abortion industry? No, that couldn’t be it. Could it be that it raised questions about why the killing of children five minutes after birth and five minutes before birth should be treated differently, either morally or legally? No, I don’t think so. Could it be because groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL have taken the opportunity afforded by this trial to make the stupefying argument that the Gosnell trial shows there should be less regulation of abortion clinics? That certainly can’t be it. Could it be that many people have, for the first time, had to actually come to grips with what abortion does to children? Heavens, no.
Both those who oppose abortion and those who support it find the illegal and immoral actions of Dr. Gosnell reprehensible. The biblical teachings of the 10 Commandments is quite clear: “Do not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17) What he did was not just against the United Methodist Social Principles; it was against the basic laws of this country and edicts of humanity.
Christians should not use this case as an opportunity to point fingers or cast stones at one another. Rather, all members of The United Methodist Church must take seriously our shared responsibility for the sanctity of all human life – at all stages of life. Each of us must give an account to God for what we do (or do not do) for our fellow brothers and sisters.
The Spirit of God is calling us to put down our stones and get busy doing the hard work of transforming the world for Jesus Christ.
Considering that this statement comes from an agency that spends most of its time pointing fingers at various miscreants (corporations, conservatives, the Religious Right, “climate deniers,” Republicans, etc.), that’s funny.
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