Worldview shapes one’s thoughts on abortion
To the editor:
Several weeks ago, George Fisher commented on my Sept. 23 letter to the editor addressing the recent spotlight on State Heartbeat Laws across the nation, the determination of when life begins, and public opinions on abortion. First, I would like to thank the Lewistown Sentinel for publishing both of our views on this very important issue and not cancelling one, or both, of us. We are blessed to live in a country and community where we can freely express our views on important issues without fear of censorship, penalty or prison, and hopefully do so in a spirit of healthy public discourse. This freedom should be cherished as one of our country’s greatest blessings.
Next, it’s important to recognize that the views of Mr. Fisher and myself represent two significantly different worldviews. An individual’s worldview represents their most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the world around them. It would reflect how they would answer all the “big questions” of human existence, and would determine their opinions on matters of morality, ethics and politics.
Our nation and much of Western society were built on beliefs rooted in Scripture: Starting with the truth that God exists, He has made Himself known through His Son Jesus Christ, and He has set forth principles, if followed, will enable us to live life to the fullest. Our nation’s founding fathers and leaders had the insight to ensure that there would be little doubt regarding their fundamental beliefs (i.e., worldview) by inscribing Scripture in stone among most of the prominent buildings and monuments throughout Washington D.C. The Declaration of Independence is based on the “self evident” truths regarding God and His creation.
The Book of Judges describes one of the worst periods of Old Testament history filled with horrible acts of evil, conflicts and human misery. The last verse of the book sums up why it was such a miserable period of history: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” In the increasingly secular culture of today, this statement closely describes the world view of many: Truth is regarded as a matter of personal choice. There is little to no tolerance for moral absolutes. Biblical principles are scorned and considered no longer valid. If we continue down the path of sin and depravity that this worldview breeds, our nation will also be brought down into the same graveyard of every other powerful empire recorded in history (e.g., Where are the Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Inca and Aztec empires today?)
Given these two worldviews, let me address Mr. Fisher’s question regarding the poll of people’s opinions on abortion. In a poll conducted by George Barna (who is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media), he found that 57% of adults in the U.S. believe that a woman who chooses to have an abortion because her partner has left and she believes she cannot reasonably take care of the child is making a morally acceptable decision. This survey shows that these opinions are a direct reflection of one’s worldview: Only 2% of born-again Christians support abortion under such circumstances, while 80% of other world views support that decision. These include 89% of those with a post-modern worldview, 88% with a secular humanism worldview, and 81% that rely upon Marxist philosophy.
I’ll leave one final thought: On Dec. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that many say could overturn Roe v. Wade and rightfully return abortion policy to the state legislatures, where consensus can be based on the will of the citizens. The case is centered on a Mississippi law that limits elective abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy. Not surprisingly, mainstream media is attempting to depict abortion as “broadly legal” around the world. Yet, the U.S. is one of only a handful of nations, including China and North Korea, that permits abortion on demand after 20 weeks. Forty-seven of 50 European nations limit abortion earlier than Mississippi’s contested limit (i.e., prior to 15 weeks). With all this said, the real issue at hand involves the prevalent worldview of the citizens of our nation and what they consider to be truth. In the end, there is only one Way and one Truth: Jesus Christ.