Perhaps I shouldn't post in this thread again, but here's where I'm coming from. If I really believed--I mean, truly in my heart of hearts believed--that I knew of a time and place at which multiple murders were going to be committed by someone, I would try to stop them. Maybe I'd get the crap beat out of me, or maybe I'd get sent to jail. But I'd try. I don't understand how someone can say that something is murder and then not do something to physically stop it from happening.
I agree with you. And there are people every day who are standing on the front lines at abortion clinics trying to stop these murders. They don't get media attention (unless it's negative), but they are out there doing their best to try to save lives. I used to be one of them. It is to my shame that I haven't been active for many years.
However, please be careful with pressing this logic too far (see my previous comments). For example, I assume that you are opposed to the sale of crack cocaine (perhaps you are some type of libertarian and I am wrong about this particular assumption, but choose whatever example you wish). I can show you many places where crack is being sold, and where children are at risk. I imagine that if you tried, you could find such places in your own community or state. So I could tell you that you don't believe that crack cocaine is destructive, otherwise you would be present every day in neighborhoods where it is sold in order to try and stop it.
That being said, as I remarked in my last post, I agree that we should all challenge ourselves to act according to our Christian convictions. If we all did that, then we and others would all be much better off.
I can see both your and Asteriktos's opinions and line up with both of them. I firmly believe that actions are more useful in words, both in effectiveness at getting a point across, and also showing what a person truly believes. At the same time, not everything requires action, but giving lip service to something at least shows that you disagree with it. In short, saying you are against abortion and debating it, keeping it in people's minds, picketing, protesting, etc, while not the most
effective means of ending it, is lightyears better than the useless people who say "I'd personally never have one, but I think everyone should have the right to make their own decision." These people are completely and utterly worthless. I would act to save their life just as quickly as I act everyday to save the unborn fetuses's lives. If they at least had the integrity to say "
I'd personally never have one, but
I think everyone should have the right to make their own decision" then I could take them at face value.
That said, as I alluded to earlier, what am I willing to do to end abortion? I will speak against it if asked, I will not support it willingly through fiscal means, I obviously will never have one (because if I ever get pregnant, that would just be too lucrative to pass up), I will not vote for any law that would make it easier to get or more legally justified.
But I would not kill to end it. In my belief, if words are not backed by the 7.62x39mm cartridge then they are just that. Words.
Why wouldn't I kill to end abortion? I wish, I truly wish I could claim pacifism like you do. I wish I could say that I oppose killing in general and will not use the means of those I oppose to achieve my end, regardless of how righteous my end it. That would be a moral statement, but in my case, it would not be honest. I do not kill to end abortion because the people suffering from it do not provide an immediate benefit to me. I do not know them. I have not drank with them. I have not laughed with them. But if some person were to threaten the life of someone I was close to and loved I would kill them. I would kill them without remorse or pity or fear of the consequences.
I guess by my actions you could assume that I don't truly love them.
Oh well. It is a paradox. I do pray for them. I also pity (though not necessarily pray for) the ones committing the abortions and those who commission them to do so. God remembers the children slain by Herod. I have no doubt in my mind that eventually enough will be enough and He will respond in a similar fashion as to how He did last time. I don't think it will be pretty.
As for the state of the nation...
I believe that the Ship of State in our case is a canoe. The body of water is called [feces] Creek. I sure hope someone decided to bring a paddle.