“’The time has come, the walrus said, ‘to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings.’” – The Walrus and the Carpenter. By Lewis Carrol.
They call themselves the Ethical Society of St. Louis, MO, which is quite an oxymoron. It’s a group of people who want to appear good without God. In their minds it is a noble desire but in reality, they form their ideas of right and wrong to fit a cultural narrative. If you base what is good and what is evil without the ultimate truth, you can form ideals that may have no basis in goodness and light. Ethical then becomes not so much being good for good sake but kidding yourself into believing you have a moral superiority over others because, well, you thought long and hard about it. Such was the case when the president of the Ethical Society wrote an editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch defending abortion as a moral good.
“Woe to those who call evil good and evil good, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20)
His idea was simply that since an acorn is not an oak tree, then a fetus is not a human. Acorns, he stated were only potential oak trees and as only potential oaks not real oaks. Fetuses were the same, since they were only potential human beings, they should never be accorded the same status as ‘real’ or actual human beings ergo, this makes abortion legally and ethically correct.
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
It is a wonder at what point you can delude yourself into thinking a human pre-birth baby is anything like an acorn, much less use such an allegory to base an ethical decision on life or death. He tells us, we are to imagine, that a growing fetus who within nineteen to twenty days of conception has a beating heart, a heart which will beat until that person dies, is not a living human being. And somehow this human, ‘potential’ life is not to be valued or respected. Even though it is estimated that one in 10,000 acorns actual start growing into a tree, according to this person, we are to believe that the acorn’s potential to be a tree is all that it is, potential and not real and human life can be perceived as such.
“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town in Judah, where she entered the home of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child in your womb. Why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:39-44)
Mary went in haste to see Elizabeth since the Angel Gabriel told her, Elizabeth was six months with child and the presence of Jesus in Mary’ womb – only seven to ten days after his conception caused great joy to the baby, John the Baptist, in Elizabeth’s womb. Two babies in the womb made a spiritual connection in no way possible if merely seeds.
If we apportion potential to something or someone to decide its value, then it becomes possible to say that babies that are born alive are not adult humans, they only have the potential to be adult humans, like any oak that sprouts in garden where it is not wanted, it may be weeded out since it is not a fully mature oak tree. At what point do you draw the line. Potential can always be the something that someone has not yet achieved making that someone less valuable or even valueless.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
It was not because we had the potential to be his followers but because even as we are, Christ loved us unto his death.
The discussion of life becomes like so much shrubbery, a nice hedge if that is what you want. Did he forget to mention that there is nothing unethical about chopping down a growing oak tree? It nowhere invokes the feelings one has about babies and children. A nice touch if you want to de-humanize a living growing baby in the womb. I could assure them that this growing life is every bit as real as you and me if they would but look at the ultrasounds and study the science. But it is not ‘real’ that they are looking for, it’s the potential they seek.
“Because God did not make death, nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome.” (Wisdom 1:13-14)
An acorn is a beautiful thing especially to squirrels, but even as a most beautiful stately tree, it will never possess the spirit of a human being. It will always be a plant and any resemblance to human life is ridiculous at best and smug and arrogant at the worst. Without the ultimate truth in our lives, we are reduced and deluded into such nutty positions attempting to justify a terrible evil for our own uses or benefits.
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalms 127:3)
“Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same one fashion us in the womb?” (Job 31:15)
This ‘Acorn Philosophy’ is nuts.