By Elizabeth Prata
Changing the name of something helps to diminish attachment to it. Devalue it. Making a euphemism for it helps to conceal an unpleasant truth behind a nicer sounding phrase. Example: The Euthanasia Society became Society for the Right to Die. The Euthanasia Council became Concern for Dying and the act, a “mercy killing”. Death penalty has become capital punishment. A pre-born baby has become a fetus. An abortion has become terminating a pregnancy. A person is not anti-abortion, they are pro-choice.
These softening terms are purposely slipped into our vernacular. Many people don’t even notice our language is being manipulated. The phrase “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering,” recognizes that the mind is the first battlefield. This is Satan’s territory, the mind. As the late Rev. Adrian Rogers said so well,
“Ephesians 6:12 tells us that there is a war going on, and it’s of a spiritual nature. Satan’s desire is to conquer and control your thought life and then make it a citadel from which he can war against God.“
The battle first begins in the mind, and its weapons are words.
In Matthew 5:22, Jesus said, “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.“
Here, Jesus is emphasizing that murder begins before the act, it begins when people view others as less than human. Euphemistic language helps this transition of devaluation of the sanctity of life. When we begin seeing a baby as tissue, a comatose person as a vegetable, thus begins the devaluing. Murder begins when people view others as less than human.
Today’s point is that I urge us all to be on guard mentally when we read or hear of terms that try to diminish the sanctity of life. The act of abortion murder is actually a lengthy process, and it begins in the mind, with the words you choose to use to describe human life that God gave us.
A baby is a baby from the moment of conception. Luke 1:41 says “And it happened that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.“
The biblical position on abortion is here: Samson, Jeremiah, John The Baptist, Jesus, Paul were called to service from the womb.
The local pregnancy center is having its annual fundraiser. This year the speaker is Voddie Baucham. Our church sponsored 10 tables and the seats have been filled by now with interested congregants who wish to attend, thereby offering moral, spiritual, and financial support to the idea that babies have a right to live. We have had people in our church adopt. We have people supporting foster children. We have many educators who dedicate their lives to the teaching and support of children. We have many newly marrieds who have been recipients of God’s gift of children. We believe that children are not a “choice” – they are a blessing from God.
We do not know until it happens, what God has called each child to. Some were prophets. Some were kings. Some were missionaries. Some were fishermen. Some ran businesses, sewed, or hosted. Each and every ‘clump of cells’ in a woman’s womb is somebody. Each one deserves a chance at life.