10/4/2012 1:51:00 PM Similarities between slavery, abortion, homosexuality
To the editor:
I am struck by the similarities between the slavery debate our country had around the time of Lincoln and the abortion and homosexuality debate of today.
Lincoln took the approach of the founders, who had to make allowance for slavery because it already existed in the country; though many were in moral disagreement with it, slave states would not join a union that condemned and demanded they give up their "property wealth." Slavery was never the settlers' intent for this country. The founders set the bar high... "all men are created equal," while doing what had to be done to form a union of the states.
Lincoln said in his Cooper Union address in the run up to the Republican convention, "If slavery is right, we cannot justly object to its nationality (spread to the whole country) - it's universality; if it is wrong, they (the south) cannot justly insist upon its extension - it's enlargement."
It came down to the right or wrong of it. It was not a matter of majority vote. The impact of the outcome of this bitter disagreement over slavery was the spread or extension of it into the new territories/states and the continuation of the union.
Abortion in the guise of women's health/rights and homosexual behavior in the guise of gay rights are two of our major dividing issues we face today. We can get to the right or wrong of these matters with a simple question, is it something we would want our/any kids to engage in? Should we teach it in school? Should these be part of our culture like getting a driving license is a part of our culture?
The answer is obvious, these are not behaviors we would wish on young people. Let them alone who practice such things, no one whose mind is made up on it is going to change, but resist the spread of it. Break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God...take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.