Refusing to call ‘evil’ Good

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”    –Isaiah 5:20 KJV

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Fully 50% of Americans are pro-life, and 41% call themselves pro-choice, according to a Gallup Poll published in May 2012. So what is Planned Parenthood talking about in its new video?

“A majority of Americans believe abortion should remain safe and legal. Many just don’t use the words pro-choice. They don’t necessarily identify as pro-life either. Truth is, they just don’t want to be labeled.”

This all sounds so very open-minded and moderate, doesn’t it? But if the Gallup statistics are accurate, it’s also a bald-faced lie.

In fact, only 9% of the public are not labeling themselves absolutely in one camp or the other.  However, a further reading of Gallup results reveals that 52% of the total surveyed do in fact believe that abortion should be legal under certain circumstances.  But this is NOT the same as saying they believe “abortion should remain safe and legal,” which implies legal under most or any circumstances (the Planned Parenthood position).

We should be encouraged by the fact that across all three political affiliations, Republican, Democrat and Independent, there are been a significant upswing in the number of respondents who self-identify as “pro-life.”  And still more significant still were the responses to this question in the same Gallup Poll:

Did you catch that? Across the board, 51% of the total surveyed answered that abortion is, in their view, morally wrong.  Perhaps that explains why there has been so little comment about the recent Huggies ad:

It has been pointed out in comments on other blogs (see The Blaze and Biltrix) that essentially what the ad reflects is a culture in which it’s “a baby” when you want it, and a “blob of tissue” when you don’t want it.  Be that as it may, when a national ad makes such a strong statement about a new pregnancy, it is a positive thing, because advertising impacts our culture on a subliminal level.

Here’s how that Planned Parenthood video ends:

“Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider.

So the next time you talk about abortion, don’t let the labels box you in.

Have a different conversation.

A conversation that doesn’t divide you, but is based on mutual respect and empathy.”

Biltrix has already pointed out that it is absurd to compare political interference in healthcare concerns to interference in what we believe to be murder. But I can agree that as we talk about this issue with family, friends, acquaintances… anyone, in fact, who self-identifies as pro-choice…we should avoid labels, and use a respectful, empathetic tone. That is what makes the 180 Movie so compelling. In matter-of-fact dialogue with a diverse group of people, the interviewer (a Jewish man named Ray Comfort) causes them to change their opinion on whether abortion is right or wrong.

If you haven’t seen this yet, take a few minutes on a Sunday to watch it now:

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4 responses to “Refusing to call ‘evil’ Good

  1. Again, it the fruit of moral relativism, which in the end is dogmatic and tyrannical. When it is culturally unacceptable or politically incorrect to make moral claims — calling out evil for what it is — that norm becomes the new absolute, the societal standard. The only sin is to call a sin a sin, UNLESS it happens to be the in vogue scapegoat at the moment. e.g., issues concerning gun control, so-called “reproductive health rights,” corporate excess, the environment, smoking (tobacco, that is, but not marijuana). The new morality is what liberal media, liberal government, and the entertainment industry says it is.

    Another name for the rampant moral relativism embraced by our post-modern society is, thus, thought control.

    • Our pastor preached on I Corinthians 6:12-20 today, and spoke about the moral climate of Corinth at the time of Paul’s writings. We are not really much better off now than in that depraved, deviant society.
      And the more we redefine once-deviant behaviors as normal (or even protected) the more family dis-integration, abuse, violence and despair we observe in our society.

      “Thought control”…yes, indeed, that is what society has fallen victim to today, and what Christians need to be aware of as we speak truth to our peers.

  2. Love the Huggies ad!!!!
    Sometimes the truth just has to hit people between the eyes to see it.
    Great post.

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