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14 July 2005
  "It's My Body" or "This Is My Body"?
Whose life are you living?

"Screw Abstinence [800k PDF]," the sleazy pro-abortion party scheduled for tonight in Seattle, Washington's was noted on a number of blogs. I first saw it at Balaam's Ass.

In related new item, Pro-Choice Washington, the Washington state branch of NARAL, showed that intended it as "an outreach event [aiming] to reach twenty-five to thirty-five year old adults." They claimed they wanted "to give adults accurate information and skills to make safe and informed decisions about their bodies" and to work against "federal funding for abstinence-only until marriage sex education programs."

As I read the material, the "my body, my choice" mantra of the abortion rights wrongs movement suddenly collided with another "My body" statement — that of our Savior, who, "on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for you.' (1 Cor 11:23-24 ESV)" The libertine, self-serving, and selfish NARAListas, meanwhile, are saying, "This is my body, I'll do with it as I damned well please" — not realizing that "damned" is much more than a mere figure of speech.

Earlier in the same Epistle, the Apostle Paul spoke of his own body: "I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (9:27 ESV)" Paul realized that the Christian's body is "a temple of the Holy Spirit (6:19 ESV)," not a carnal pleasure palace to be defiled, vandalized, and eventually allowed to rot into oblivion.

The pro-abortion movement even has members who claim to be Christian, but what tortured mental and spiritual gymnastics they must perform! Our Savior offered Himself, sacrificing the strong for the weak. Abortion sacrifices the weak for the strong. In Christ, the Life-giver tasted death. In abortion, the life-bearer brings death to her unborn. In love, Christ creates a new, healthy heart (cf. Ps 51:10) and nurtures it into life everlasting; in abortion, a new heart is stilled and tossed in the trash.

It comes down to understanding not only who we are but whose. In Galatians 2:20, Paul reminds the Christian, "I have been crucified with Christ." The "old me" is dead on Calvary; the "new me" isn't me, but "Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (ESV)" (See Romans 6:1-14 for a fuller discussion, including Baptism's role in dealing death to death and creating new life.)

If Christ "loved me and gave himself for me," how do I rationalize the tremendous arrogance it takes to say, "I love me and give the life of this unborn child for myself"?
 
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If people looked at it from a rational point of view they would not chose to viloate the body that they have in the first place.
 
Well said.
 
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