March 2001 -- A quarterly news
letter for United Methodists
A LIBERAL’S TESTIMONY
became ‘personally opposed’ to abortion, but still favored
a woman’s ‘right to choose.’ All of this changed
one afternoon during college ..."
Before I knew I was a Christian, I knew I was a Democrat. From my
father I learned, rather early in life, to favor governmental
assistance for the poor, oppose institutional prejudice, and take the
"pro-choice" position in matters of personal morality. Like
many good Americans, I became "personally opposed" to
abortion, but still favored a woman’s "right to choose."
All of this changed, however, one afternoon during college when a
pro-life pamphlet was slid underneath my dorm room door. Contrary to
much of the pro-abortion rhetoric I had heard during the Reagan years
of the 1980’s, this small pamphlet argued simply that abortion was
directly linked to the destructive, consumeristic practices of
America. Just as Americans were destroying the environment through
unbridled consumerism, so also was America destroying innocent lives,
all in the name of "convenience."
"My God," I thought to myself, "what have I been
supporting? If abortion is truly wrong for me, then I must also
logically hold that abortion is wrong in itself." By being
pro-choice, I have been supporting a consumer-driven world of choice
above all else that has resulted in the deaths of millions of unborn
infants, many of whom have died through the use of abortion as a means
of birth control.
Now, many years later, the "abortion pill" has recently
been approved by the FDA. The consumer-driven cult of convenience has
placed death in a bottle. As concerned Christians, whether liberal or
conservative on other issues, how are we to respond to this new phase
within the abortion issue?
First, given the drift of the American judicial system
toward what many are beginning to call "a judicial
usurpation" of genuinely democratic process (Richard John Neuhaus
and others), it is not clear at this point if Christians should or
even can attempt to repeal abortion laws through democratic means.
Given twenty-eight years of increasingly entrenched debate following Roe
v. Wade, the hope of addressing the abortion issue in a decisive
way through governmental action looks dim indeed.
Second, because so many abortions are performed as a means of birth
control, churches should do everything in their power to offer not
only viable, but more attractive options than abortion to women who
are considering it. For a fast-food society nurtured on convenience
above all else, such works of mercy are sorely needed. As Mother
Teresa once offered, "I am willing to accept any child who would
be aborted." Any genuinely Christian church should be willing to
do the same.
Finally, because many faithful Americans, like myself, have often
inadvertently supported what Pope John Paul II calls the "Culture
of Death" of abortion and capital punishment, more education is
needed concerning these issues. Understanding abortion as being linked
to and symptomatic of our nation’s rapacious, consumeristic,
economic practices is one good place to start. Through such proactive
education, even cradle liberals, like myself for years, can have their
?Rev. Robert Joseph King (4548 Hickory Road, Apt. 3C/Mishawaka, IN
46545/(219)-firstname.lastname@example.org) is an elder in the
Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and a
Ph.D. student in Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame.♥
THE 2001 LIFEWATCH SERMON
"I am a
real person, just as a small piece of bread is real bread."
On the clear, cold morning of January 22, 2001—the twenty-eighth
anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade
decision—United Methodists from across the United States gathered
for the annual Lifewatch Service of Worship. The service took place in
Simpson Memorial Chapel, which is located in The United Methodist
Building, which is across the street from the United States Supreme
Court, which is on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Participating in
this annual service, one is reminded that Christians are most
certainly a people of two kingdoms. After all, from inside the chapel,
one can glance out a chapel window and see the Supreme Court building
across Maryland Avenue.
As usual, the service was thoughtfully ordered and enthusiastically
led by The Reverend Paul R. Crikelair, the pastor of Goodwill United
Methodist Church of Elverson, PA, and a long-time, faithful leader of
the Lifewatch ministry. The preacher of the service was The Reverend
Harold D. Lewis, Sr., who is the pastor of Lincoln Park United
Methodist Church of Washington, DC. (Both Rev. Crikelair and Rev.
Lewis are married to Janets, and both couples are now expecting their
seventh children. Talk about coincidence...and providence!) By
preaching this sermon, Rev. Lewis displayed considerable courage.
After all, he is a pro-life pastor in The United Methodist Church,
which officially remains a pro-choice denomination. Furthermore, he is
an African-American pastor; so his sermon was in strong tension with
the pro-choice position of most of the current national leadership of
the African-American community in the United States. Rev. Lewis’
powerful sermon, entitled "I’m a Miracle, Not a Mistake,"
"‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before
you were born I consecrated you.…’"
"In the movie ‘Look Who’s Talking,’ starring John
Travolta, we witness unborn children and infants communicating with
each other. According to medical science, this is biologically and
scientifically impossible. However, this thought-provoking movie makes
one wonder if there is a language, undetectable to human ears, that
babies, born and unborn, can speak. The other thought-provoking
concern that comes to mind, while watching and witnessing this movie,
is the question regarding the compre-hending and computing of
information by babies, born and unborn. This movie has the convincing
conclusion that babies, born and unborn, are just as human, and are
just as much a part of the human experience, as we adults are."
Diary of an Unborn Baby
"Consider this diary of an unborn baby.
‘Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet, but I’m
here already. And I am a boy. I shall have black hair and brown eyes.
Just about everything is settled, even the fact that I shall love
sports and fishing.’
‘Some say that I am not a real person yet, that only my mother
exists. But I am a real person, just as a small piece of bread is real
bread and a grain of sand is real sand. My mother is real, and so am
‘My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in a year or
so I will be laughing and then talking. I know what my first word will
‘Today, my heart began to beat all by itself. It will beat gently
for the rest of my life without ever stopping to rest! And after many
years it will retire. It will stop, and I will die.’
‘I am growing every day. My arms and legs are beginning to take
shape. But I have to wait a long time before my legs will raise me up
to my Mother’s arms, before they will allow me throw a baseball or
to catch a football or to bait a fishhook or just hold my Daddy’s
‘Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny how small
they are! I’ll be able to play the piano someday or strum a guitar
‘It wasn’t until today that the doctor told my Mom that I am
living under her heart. Oh how happy she must be! Are you happy to
know that, Mom?
‘My Momma and Daddy are probably thinking about a name for me.
But they don’t even know that I am a boy. I want to be named after
my Daddy. He seems like such a wonderful man. I’m still getting
‘My hair is growing. It’s smooth and black and curly. I wonder
what kind of hair my Mom and Dad have.’
‘I am just about able to see. It is dark around me. When Momma
brings me into the world, I know it will be full of sunshine and
beauty. But what I want more than anything is to look into my Momma’s
‘I wonder if Momma hears the whispering of my heart? Some babies
come into the world a little sick. But my heart is strong and healthy.
It beats evenly. It sounds like a little drum in here. Momma, you have
a healthy little boy.’
‘Today my Mother had me killed. She thought I was a mistake. I
wish someone had told her I was a miracle.’"
The Atrocious Act of Abortion
"Brothers and sisters, one of the greatest indictments against
the human race is the atrocious act of abortion. Since the U.S.
Supreme Court legalized unrestricted abortion on January 22, 1973, in all
fifty states, during the nine months of pregnancy, for any reason,
medical, social, or otherwise (based on the cases of Roe v. Wade
and Doe v. Bolton), there have been more than 38 million
abortions in this country. (Alan Guttmacher Institute)
"Consider American war casualties. The following data
represent the number of Americans killed in American wars.
- During the Revolutionary War, 25,324 were killed.
- During the Civil War, 498,332 were killed.
- During World War I, 116,708 were killed.
- During World War II, 407,316 were killed.
- During the Korean War, 54,246 were killed.
- During the Vietnam War, 58,655 were killed.
- During the Gulf War, 293 were killed.
- During the War on the Unborn, 38,010,378 were killed.
"Now, let us ask ourselves: How many of those aborted babies
would have been scientists? How many of those aborted babies would
have been doctors? How many of those aborted babies would have been
lawyers? How many of those aborted babies would have been teachers?
How many of those aborted babies would have been engineers? How man of
those aborted babies would have been presidents of colleges,
universities, institutions, or the nation?
"Because of these 38 million abortions, there will be some
songs never composed. There will be some books never written. There
will be some inventions never invented. There will be some miracles
never performed. There will be some ideals never born.
Only 2-3% of the
1,000,000 teenagers who will become pregnant this year will
offer their children for adoption.
"We know that most people are tired of hearing the jargon from
both sides about whether or not abortion should be legal. We want you
to take for yourselves this opportunity to review the undisputed facts
as concluded by the medical and scientific communities, and then make
up your own minds about the issue.
- *Did you know that every third unborn baby in America now dies
from abortion? That’s 1.6 million babies every year. That’s
4,400 each day. That’s one every 20 seconds.
- *Did you know a woman can legally abort an unborn child
at anytime, during her nine-month pregnancy, for any reason?
Ninety-eight percent of abortions are done as a means of birth
control or to eliminate an unplanned pregnancy. One percent of
abortions are performed because of rape or incest. One percent of
abortions because of fetal problems. Three percent of abortions
because of the mother’s health.
- *Did you know that the average abortion procedure takes 5-10
minutes? The average wait for adoption takes 2-10 years? Over 8
million couples in this country are ready and waiting to adopt.
Only about 50,000 babies are placed by adoption each year. Only
2-3% of the 1,000,000 teenagers who will become pregnant this year
will offer their children for adoption, and over 40% will choose
abortion. (National Committee for Adoption)
- *Did you know that over 10 million African-American babies have
been aborted since 1973?
- *Did you know that an estimated $500,000,000 is grossed each
year from abortions? (Fortune)
- *Did you know that aborted fetuses (that is, fetal collagen) can
be found in over twelve leading shampoos, five hand creams, and
various other beauty products across the United States?
- *Did you know that forty-seven United States Senators voted to
protect dogs from being experimented on with poisonous gas but
then voted down an amendment to stop federal funds from being used
for abortion? (Chattanooga News-Free Press)"
"When one defines the term abortion, it is usually
referred to as the premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether
naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially induced,
as in a surgical or chemical abortion."
"There is now a new language being used by secular humanists
to distort and confuse the facts in order to hoodwink the American
people and persuade us to believe the lies regarding abortion. The new
language is called ‘secularistic.’"
"The New Secularistic Language is a play on words. The words
‘unborn child’ are referred to as ‘fetus.’ The word ‘life’
becomes ‘moment of viability.’ The words ‘fornication’ and ‘adultery’
become ‘sexually active.’ ‘Pregnancy’ is referred to as a ‘biological
accident.’ ‘Abortion’ is called a ‘medical procedure.’ ‘Abortion
on demand’ is simply called ‘pro-choice.’"
"St. Paul wrote to the Colossians: ‘See to it that no one
makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human
tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not
according to Christ.’ (2:8)"
What Does the Bible Say?
"Are there any Biblical texts tailored to teach us what God’s
position is on the absurd and asinine act of abortion?
"Exodus 20:13: ‘You shall not kill.’
"Proverbs 6:16-17: ‘There are six things which the
Lord hates, seven which are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a
lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood...’ (And there is no
blood as innocent as the blood of unborn babies!)
"Isaiah 59:7: ‘Their feet run to evil, and they make
haste to shed innocent blood...’
"Psalm 106:37-38: ‘They sacrificed their sons and
their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the
blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols
of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood.’
"Jeremiah 32:35: ‘They built the high places of Ba’al
in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and
daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter
into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to
"Leviticus 20:1-2: ‘The Lord said to Moses, "Say
to the people of Israel, Any man of the people of Israel, or of the
strangers that sojourn in Israel, who gives any of his children to
Molech shall be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him
with stones." Molech was a pagan god that child sacrifices were
made to, as a part of their religion. God made it clear that this
practice was strictly forbidden and detestable. For our God is a God
of life. Our God is a God of love. Our God is a God of help and
happiness. Our God is a God of and for children.
"The critical question for today is this, Is modern-day
abortion a sacrificial practice to Molech? Psalm 127:3 says that ‘[children]
are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.’
"Here is a question. What advice would you give to a pregnant
mother who was married to an abusive alcoholic? She has already had
three miscarriages. She currently has three other children, and one of
them is severely retarded. Does she abort the baby, or does she keep
the baby? If you say abort the baby, you just aborted Ludwig van
"When an abortion is performed, which ends a pregnancy by
destroying and removing a developing child, we are saying by way of
that act: return to sender! Return to sender, as if the baby is an
unwanted or misdirected package. Return to sender, as if the baby was
ordered from some catalog. Return to sender, as if the baby is a piece
of merchandise that can be canceled."
I’m a Miracle and Not a Mistake!
"As we look at the text for our topic today, we discover that
the text is tailored to teach us that unborn babies are not only human
but also divinely given. Brothers and sisters, we have a revelation
for you. Babies do not come from us; they come through us. Babies are
not mistakes; they are miracles. According to God, the baby is
divinely designed and cosmically created long before she is in the
womb. The womb is just the area where God announces His creation.
"Our text, Jeremiah 1:5 says: ‘Before I formed you in the
womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you...’ Now
this text should teach and tell all of us that every baby is
handcrafted by God Himself. Every baby has been consecrated and set
aside for a divine purpose in the providential will of God. Every baby
is a masterful miracle made in heaven. Every baby has a unique plan on
"Psalm 139:13-16 describes it this way: ‘For thou didst form
my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I
praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy
works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee,
when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of
the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were
written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as
yet there was none of them.’
"The same God whose mind and power fashioned the stars, the
same God whose mind and power fashioned the seas, the same God whose
mind and power fashioned all the animals, that same God with that same
mind and power fashioned, crafted, and created every baby
intentionally and individually. No one else will have that baby’s
makeup. No one else will have that baby’s eyes. No one else will
have that baby’s voice. No one else will have that baby’s
fingerprints. Can’t we hear that baby crying out from her mother’s
"I’m a miracle and not a mistake! Out of 500 million sperm,
the only one that made it conceived me! It swam upstream against a
violent current! I’ve lived underwater for nine, long months! I’m
a real person with a real purpose!
"I’m a miracle and not a mistake! If you abort me, my book
will never be written! If you abort me, my song will never be sung! If
you abort me, my story will never be told! I want to live! I want to
help somebody! I’m a miracle and not a mistake!
"Church, that unborn baby is not a matter of choice, it’s a
child. That unborn baby is not a mistake, it’s a miracle on a
mission for the Master. If Noah would have been aborted, who would
have built the ark? If Moses would have been aborted, who would have
led Israel out of Egypt? If David would have been aborted, who would
have slain Goliath? If Esther would have been aborted, who would have
gone to see the king?
"If Jesus would have been aborted, who would have died for my
sins? Who would have picked me up and turned me around? Who would have
been my doctor in a sick room? Who would have wiped the tears from my
crying eyes? Who would have risen from that dusty grave with all power
in His hands?
"Was Jesus a mistake or a miracle?"♥
THREE MORAL LESSONS
baby is not a mistake, it’s a miracle on a mission for the
Last September five male students in southeastern North Carolina at
Wallace-Rose Hill High School—three of them varsity football players—were
involved in an abusive incident that involved a twelve-year-old girl.
On October 6th of last year, four of the teenagers pled guilty to the
misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. On January
3rd of this year, the fifth teenager pled guilty to the felony of
second degree statutory rape. The legal system has assigned the five
proximately just punishments for their crimes.
The local newspaper, The Wallace Enterprise, gave this
criminal case appropriate attention. Two page-one, above-the-fold
stories—in the September 21, 2000, and the January 8, 2001, editions
—presented the facts of the case, the trial, and the sentence.
Needless to say, this was an unfortunate and outrageous incident in
the Wallace-Rose Hill community. But why was it unfortunate? And why
was it outrageous? Perhaps more constructively, what were some of the
lessons—the moral lessons—that can be remembered (or perhaps
learned for the first time) from this sad incident— Three will be
First, the role of men—real men, moral men—in society is to
provide for and protect women and children. At their best, men are
self-controlled; they manage their God-given strengths, abilities, and
resources to care for others. Male teenagers are men in training: they
are in the process of learning to direct their energies in
constructive, self-giving pursuits.
In this case, the five young men acted like predators, not
protectors. They misused their power—and, in addition, three of them
misused their status as athletes—to use one weaker than they. Not
only did they violate a preteen girl, not only did they violate North
Carolina law, but also they violated the very essence of authentic
Second, women have a special dignity in God’s creation.
They have the God-given responsibility to maintain their purity and
virtue by saying No to men not their husbands. Engaging in nonmarital
affairs, women allow themselves to be degraded, used, and then
discarded. Casual affairs, indeed all premarital and extramarital
affairs, are a violation of true womanhood and seriously harmful to
the women involved.
And third, a community is wise to instruct its young people to
live not only legally but also morally. Certainly, all people,
including children and youth, live under the rule of law. Under the
rule of law, alleged criminals are taken to court, tried, and, if
found guilty, justly punished.
But the legal system is not the only instructor in the Wallace-Rose
Hill community. There are other moral tutors on the scene—for
example, parents, grandparents, school administrators, teachers,
coaches, and athletic boosters—who should ask more, much more, of
their young charges than the law requires. Again, when crimes are
committed, legal and just punishments should follow. But the larger
community should consider these legal punishments to be the bare
minimum. In various ways and means, the other involved instructors
should discipline the criminals as well. That reinforces the moral
standards of the community and teaches young people what the community
expects of them. By turning all discipline over to the legal system
alone, the community sets a low moral bar and a demoralized social
tone for its young people. It is the hope of the Church, that the
combination of legal punishments and moral disciplines will lead the
convicted to see the error of their ways, seek God’s forgiveness,
and have their lives turned around and renewed by divine grace.
Why, you might ask, should the Church be interested in these
matters and these lessons? Because the Church is responsible for
addressing the moral realities of this world. Because of Jesus Christ,
the Church knows what it means to be human, what it means to be a man,
what it means to be a woman, and what it means to instruct young
people in the way they should live. Furthermore, the Church has the
responsibility to speak the truth in love about the idols of society—such
as the will to power among men, the will to please among women, and
the will to win at all costs (e.g., by playing high school athletes
who admit to committing crimes). If these idols are not named and
addressed, they can rule and ruin a community. For such idols, when
they are worshipped, harm people. And about the harming of God’s
people, especially the little and the least, the Church is always
concerned. (PTS; a version of this article first appeared in the 2/01
Newsletter of the Rose Hill United Methodist Church.)♥
THINKING ABOUT SEX
Is it not odd just to say sexuality is a
gift? What kind of gift is this?
In the December 2000 issue of Lifewatch, Bishop Matthews
observes how often we hear that "sexuality" is "God’s
good gift." He is right. We often hear this refrain. It sets one
Sure, one cannot argue against this oft-said claim because God has
indeed created us the way we biologically are. Who is going to say
that sexuality is not from God? But the statement has become a mantra.
That is always dangerous, because it suggests we are not thinking. So,
here is an attempt to do some thinking about sex.
First, I do not recall reading in the Bible or in the Church
Fathers or in medieval theologians or in the Reformers or in the old
catechisms that sexuality is a "gift" from God. Maybe
"gift" is a word used of sexuality only in the 20th century.
Second, the churches have nothing to say if they just reiterate the
culture. Right now the culture says that sex is good, great,
fantastic, etc. The culture’s constant message is "Do it."
Cautions about sexuality are few and far between in public life. So,
what are the churches doing when they say that sexuality is God’s
gift? I suppose they are attacking their own past, perceived
prudishness; but their sexual hang-ups are long since dead. So what is
the point of countering a position no longer taken seriously,
especially when its opposite is thriving everywhere? Do not the
churches have something they can add to what we learn from the general
culture? In fact, if the culture loves something, is that not a reason
for the churches to think twice before joining in? Are not the
churches supposed to be a bit counter-cultural on some things?
Third, is "God’s good gift" really a helpful or
accurate expression? Sexuality is often a source of guilt, confusion,
and jealousy. It often makes us perceive others as objects for our own
use. It is the impulse behind the pornography industry, with all its
assorted evils. It is implicated in adultery and all its ugliness. It
is implicated in STDs and their heartaches. It is implicated in
pregnancies outside marriage and their often tragic outcomes. It often
holds people in its grasp so that they claim to do things they do not
really want to do; so we now have talk of sexual addiction and porn
Furthermore, sexuality is often a source of pain for young or
unmarried or divorced Christians who find their sex drive nothing but
a torment because it has no legitimate outlet. Just look at all the
heartbreak, misery, and broken expectations this thing has wrought. Is
it not odd just to say sexuality is a gift? What kind of gift is this?
Maybe the churches need to say that, while sexuality is not evil in
itself, in a fallen world it is all too often out of control. What the
churches and the culture may need is not reiteration that sexuality is
a good gift but honest recognition that it is fraught with
So, at the end of the day, is not sexuality much more a challenge
to responsibility than a gift to be celebrated?
—An Untenured Faculty Member of an American Divinity School♥
YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT
||Back in December of last year, Duke
University adopted a new policy that now permits same-sex union
services to be performed at Duke Chapel. We were, to say the
least, very disappointed by the adoption of this university
policy. For years, we had thought that Duke was truly different.
We had thought that, with the support of the distinguished,
evangelical-catholic faculty of The Divinity School, Duke Chapel
would be able to resist the cultural current of same-sex
legitimation. Turns out that we were mistaken, that the
evangelical catholicism of The Divinity School was overruled by
the procedural liberalism of the university. Hence, the
||The Religious Coalition for
Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is a pro-choice political lobby. Its
membership includes a couple of United Methodist general boards—namely,
the General Board of Church and Society, and the General Board
of Global Ministries/Women’s Division. At the end of last
year, RCRC announced that it will sponsor a new program,
entitled "Spirituality and Sexuality in the
African-American Church," at United Theological Seminary,
which is a United Methodist school in Dayton, OH. The Reverend
Carlton W. Veazey, who is president and CEO of RCRC, said this
program will aim to ready clergy to respond to issues that are
having an impact on the African-American community. (UMNS,
12/21/00) Since a disproportionately large share of abortions in
America involves African-American babies, one would hope that
this program would seek to reduce the numbers of such abortions.
||Despite his "safe, legal, and
rare" rhetoric, Bill Clinton was the most pro-abortion
President in American history. Just for starters, back in 1993,
on his first Monday in the White House, Clinton used an
executive order to strike down the "Mexico City
policy" that President Reagan had instituted to block U.S.
funds to groups that provide abortion counseling and abortions
overseas. Now the Mexico City policy is back. On January 22,
2001, on his first working day in the White House, President
George W. Bush reinstituted the Mexico City policy by executive
order. In this highly significant symbolic and substantial
policy move, President Bush is signaling a break with the
radically pro-abortion Clinton years. In Bush’s words, read to
the tens of thousands of participants in the pro-life March on
Washington by Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ): "We share a
great goal: to work toward a day when every child is welcomed in
life and protected in law. We know that this will not come
easily or all at once, but the goal leads us onward, to build a
culture of life, affirming that every person [at] every stage
and season of life, is created equally in God’s image." (NYT,
||As mentioned above, the Lifewatch
Board Meeting took place in The United Methodist Building on
Capitol Hill on the afternoon of January 22. Judging from papers
left in the conference room, one could reasonably conclude that
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) had met in the same room
for its National Board Meeting on January 19-21. Evidently, ADA
had engaged in some anti-Bush actions on January 20,
Inauguration Day. At least that is what the "Hail to the
Thief" posters suggested.♥
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