It seems to me that there is a lot of what a friend of mine once called stinkin’ thinkin’ going around these days. We humans are unfortunately prone to believe what we want to believe whether it’s logical or not. A young lady I once worked with refused to read a book I suggested because the scientist who authored it did not accept the theory of evolution. She said she believed in evolution, and didn’t want to read anything that was contrary to her belief. Well, okay! Nothing like closing your mind to other opinions. I think this kind of reasoning is what’s behind so much of the anger and hate among people today. We’ve decided that not only are the people we disagree with wrong, they’re BAD. Only a BAD person would disagree with certain things. There is no need to consider other opinions because the one we hold is right and all others are bad. The fact of the matter is we’re all BAD and the correct name for that is SINFUL. But that’s another thing we don’t like to mention these days. We prefer to say we just make mistakes.
If you’re wondering what got me on this rant — and I admit, it is something of a rant– here it is. My daughter, who recently had a baby, has been telling me about some of the “dos and don’ts” of pregnancy and young motherhood. She says, no pregnant lady these days would dare to be seen in public with a cigarette or a glass of wine; she would be surely censured for not caring about her unborn child. People she doesn’t know well have come to her and said, “You’d better be breastfeeding! It’s what’s best for the baby!” A clerk in the baby store told her, “Don’t use a crib that’s been passed on to you — those things are dangerous and have been recalled!” Now some or most of things are correct, however here’s my question …. why does a nation that allows abortion practically up until the moment of birth care so much? If you can abort your child, why does it matter if you smoke, drink, bottle feed or use unsafe equipment? Isn’t that also the mother’s choice? Why is an unborn child, or a newborn for that matter, worthy to be protected so vigorously if you want it, and destroyed if you don’t? What kind of illogical stinkin’ thinkin’ is this? If anybody can explain it to me, please do.
I don’t think people who are pro-abortion are bad, but I think they’re misguided. They’ve been convinced that in order to be “politically correct” they should be okay with abortion. After all, women deserve to have “control of their own bodies.” I think they’ve closed their mind and denied a reality they don’t want to look at. I know that many women have abortions because it is the easiest thing to do; they may be afraid, alone or desperate and abortion fixes the immediate problem. I sympathize with their plight; but we need to help them to make a good choice instead of encouraging them to opt for an easy way out. We all need to examine our opinions carefully instead of blindly accepting the dictates of our culture. Rant over. Get rid of that stinkin’ thinkin’.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9