I stood in the checkout line at my local All-Natural Grocery with my lunch in hand—fresh sushi with a bottle of water.  I patiently waited for my turn with the cashier when I heard a young woman behind me say with incredulity, “How can you miss a baby you never knew?”  She was referring to the most recent cover of People Magazine that features a teenage couple who gave up their baby for adoption.  I turned to see a woman in her late-teens or early 20’s with a man of the same age.  My curiosity was piqued as they engaged in a conversation that would impact me beyond imagination.

The young man responded to her, “Wouldn’t you miss it if someone cut off a part of your body?”

“What do you mean a part of ‘my body’?” she replied with a confused look.  I tried not to stare, but at this point I was fully engaged in their conversation… I could not help myself.

The young man put his hands to his stomach an said, “I mean, the baby is inside her for all that time, of course she will miss it just like anyone would miss a part of their body when it is cut off.”

“The baby is not a part of my body.” she said with some frustration, “it is more like a parasite than a body part.”  She continued to explain herself to him, “The baby eats everything I eat and can’t live outside my body.  That is just like a parasite.”

The young man did not pause for a second before agreeing, “You are right, a baby is a parasite, it is just that people often form emotional attachments to their parasites.  Some people even feed their tapeworms.

My gut reaction was to turn and say, “I am sure you still live at home and your parents feel the same way about you; living in their house and eating from their fridge like a parasite.”  You will be glad to know that I did not say anything to the couple, but my mind began to process the truly horrific implications of the beliefs held by these people.  In their Naturalistic worldview, a baby is the same as a tick, a mite, or even a tapeworm—a meaningless “life”-form that the host can choose to love or hate; nurture or annihilate.

I could write a volume about the conversation I overheard; the philosophy that undergirds it, the politics that enshrine it, and the culture that celebrates it, but today I only want to make one simple observation.

This story of my experience at the grocery store illustrates precisely what I have been teaching about Faith in Politics; the Abortion laws in America (and in Europe) are rooted in a philosophy that will not change by passing a new law.  Even if abortion were outlawed tomorrow, this couple would still have no regard for the Divine-beauty of human life because they have no regard for the Divine.

The worldview expressed by this young couple is the same for all those who chant the mantra of “Pro-Choice.”  To those who support such laws, a baby is simply a meaningless blob of inconvenient DNA and killing it has no meaning beyond the woman’s “right” to choose.

The Evolutionary-Narcissim reflected in our national’s Abortion laws will not change with the stroke of a President’s pen, it will only change by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit who alone can bring the conviction of sin, the righteousness of Christ and a genuine love for human life created in the image of YHWH.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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