Thursday, June 3, 2010
Should the Nun have been ousted for Support of Life-Saving Abortion?
Last year, a Catholic nun- Sister Margaret McBride in St Joseph Hospital in Phoenix was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church because she knowingly and willingly performed an abortion that jeopardized the life of both the mother and the child. I have already written about abortion-Freewill The Abortion Latrine-, but permit me add a necessary addendum due to this real life situation. God has made us ministers not of the letter but of the spirit. When we worship God in spirit and in truth, we realize that there are times we must kill to save lives. David and his men ate the showbread that could only be eaten by priests (Lev 24:9). The king told them they could eat it as long as they had not had sex (I Sam 21:6). That is because the bread was there to safe lives and the soldiers eating will be able to live. There is a time when the need and life of an individual must be cherished before religious or societal sanctimony. That is the Law of Charity that surpasses legalistic manacles. Did our Lord see it different?
Abraham told Pharaoh and later Abimelech that Sarah was his sister to safe his life from their covetous and lustful eyes (Gen 12:19; 20:2). God did not rebuke Abraham for telling the lie; rather, He fought Pharaoh and Abimelech. Despite those lies Abraham is called a man of faith. Jacob deceived Isaac to rob Esau his elder brother of their father’s blessings (Gen 27: 6-30). During the Spy-gate incident Rehab told the king of Jericho that the Israelite spies were not in her house (Jos 2:3-4). In her lies, her act is instead rewarded as faith in the Lord (Heb 11:31; James 2:25). Later Jesus uses that as faith for David (Mat 12:3-4). Jesus himself healed on the Sabbath. Thus working on the Sabbath Day (Mt 12:13); a day Israelites were prohibited from working (Ex 16:23-29; 20:8-11).
Furthermore, those who counted on the law to survive spiritually were under a curse because everyone who could not fulfill the law perfectly was cursed. That was a great lacuna for humanity, so God promised a new covenant with the houses of Israel and Judah. God intended to make a new covenant by shifting or perfecting the old covenant with the new covenant. In the old covenant, sinners were saved by works of the law, but in the new covenant, they are saved by grace. That way we are drawn closer to earthly things than we were before. As such, we give tribute to Caesar or unto who honor is due. By shifting the worship from physical to spiritual; we do acknowledge and believe that it is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that Jesus speaks unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Another thing that the new covenant would have done was that those who were not natural born Jews could not become judges if they fulfilled the law, and will actually judge natural born Jews who transgress the law (Rom 2:27). On this basis, devout men were accepted into the temple though they were natural heathens.
The Lord Jesus healed seven times in the Bible on a Sabbath Day when no man was supposed to do any work (Mt 12:1-13; Lk 4:31-44; Lk 6:1-10; Lk 13:10-16; Lk 14:1-14; Jn 5:1-21 and Jn 9). If it was bad then Jesus was a sinner, but the Bible says he was without sin (Luke 23:39-41; Luke 23:47; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb 4:15; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet 2:21-22; 1Jn 3:5; Heb 7:26-28). Perhaps it should be noted that God accepts killing in self-defense (2 Sam 2:22-23) or in defense of the helpless. Would God condemn a man who killed a murderer who was killing children in a hospital? After all, wasn't he trying to protect many lives? If we consider other instances the law was broken to save a life then we might be tempted to say no, God will not condemn the woman who aborts to save a life.
There are certain sins like abortion that though we confess and forsake their scars remain with us. Deep in you, you know you are a murderer; you know you have killed an innocent child. Therefore, if you do it just for abortion sake then you will deal with it all your life. But if you were aborting as the last resort to save the woman’s life, I believe there is no sin and God will judge with equity. Consequently, the sister should have been left to deal with her conscience and the Hippocratic Oath she took.
Until then, the nun should not have been excommunicated because she did nothing wrong.
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