Today the Supreme court ruled part of the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) of 1996 unconstitutional. For states that allow same sex marriage, the couples are now able to receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
Last night in Austin, TX, democrat Wendy Davis spoke for 10 hours in an attempt run down the clock to have a bill killed that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and require abortion facilities to upgrade their facilities. Thanks to a loud mob at the capitol, the bill was killed, but it is already being suggested that it will have another hearing.
It is interesting that these two issues are in the news on the same day and it causes me to wonder about the cultural implications of these rules.
The first rule suggests that all people should be treated as equal, while the second treats unborn children as less than human….essentially removing all of their rights.
Abortion is not as black and white an issue as many would like to think it is. And while banning abortions over 20 weeks is not the most desired ruling, it is a step in the right direction, at least for Texas.
When will people see all human life as the same equal? When will pro-choice individuals realize that the unborn life has no choice? When will the world see that all people are to be valued regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, vocation, education, and economic status?
Humans are created in the image of God. God created humans to care for his world, and he loves humanity. Because God loves humanity, all humans are intrinsically valuable to God.
Dr. Scott Shiffer has a Ph.D. in Christian Theology from the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and has been teaching religion classes since 2006. He leads Transformation Media Ministries, an organization to help believers think biblically about culture in America. Scott has given numerous presentations including one at Oxford. He has spoken at church retreats, youth retreats, conferences, and has taught discipleship classes for over 10 years. Scott is married and has three children. He has a heart for helping believers draw closer to God and for aiding them as they are faced with new challenges in America every day.