Normally I warn against making an argument for the protection of life from ‘mere’ sentiment. God provided a wonderful reminder that heart-felt joy has tremendous power!
A young woman brought her new baby to Desiring God last week and immediately attracted a crowd! There is a preciousness to new life that is beyond explanation. Just looking at a weeks-old baby is entertaining!
There is no denying the gift this boy is.
Another consequence of entertaining horrific ideas like infanticide, euthanasia or ‘after-birth abortion‘ is the wall it builds against the language of giftedness and the pleasure we experience in those gifts. The more we talk of children – disabled or not – as existing at the whim of bigger, stronger human beings, we walk a little farther away from the wonder and delight that new life is.
And the farther we walk away, the harder our hearts become. Another terrifying thing about the recent article on after-birth abortion was how it demands mothers make decisions about the value of their babies, replacing the natural desire to nurture and care for that child from the first seconds he breathes the air to one of analysis and risk/reward ratios. It replaces a father’s desire to provide and protect with calculations about the value of this little life.
This is a real danger for babies. Our natural inclination is toward our own small, selfish desires. Little human beings intrude into our small-minded plans significantly.
Yet, they are gifts!
We must stand against the evil of abortion – before and after birth – for all kinds of reasons. One weapon I believe I have neglected is wonder and pleasure and delight in the good gifts that children are to God’s world. And I am saying that with full understanding of the painful reality of disability and disease in this life.
Yet that tiny boy I saw this week – not yet a ‘person’ according to some – was exactly that: a weapon against evil and a testimony to God’s extraordinary goodness to a fallen world through the simple delight we experience in new life.