Hypocrisy

This blog post by John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, really got me thinking.

Hypocrisy.  The church and Christians are accused of it often, and rightly so.  It really doesn’t make sense to me that most Christians are pro-life, but also pro-death penalty.  That seems to be a little contradictory.  Or when pastors get up and preach so strongly against homosexuality only then to have it uncovered that they are having sex with men in secret.  I can see where the hypocrisy is in that.  I mean as much as we hate to admit it, Christians are people, and make just as many, if not more, mistakes as everyone else.

But there is also hypocrisy outside the church, and Piper’s blog made me realize how ridiculous it is.

“Why is it illegal to “maim, mutilate and kill” an animal in Minnesota, but not a pain-sensitive unborn human being?”

That is a good question.

Most hypocrisy can be explained away.  A baby hasn’t had the chance to make life choices, a murderer has, and hence its OK to kill a murderer but not a baby.  The reason a pastor preached so fervently against homosexuality is because he saw its consequences play out most radically in his own life.

I can even explain why most liberals are pro-choice and anti-death penalty.  If someone believes life hasn’t begun, or that a woman should be able to choose if she has a baby or not, then it makes perfect sense.  A criminal is already alive and life is not a choice anymore, its a right.

But I am having trouble with the animals.  If an animal has a soul and shouldn’t be killed then why is hard to conceive that a unborn baby should be treated the same?  If we are going to place animals on the same level as humans, then is it really that much further of a jump to place fetuses up there as well?

We even have fetal homicide laws in several states.

I just want to understand this more.  I feel like there has to be a way for us all to get on the same page about life.  If we really value life as a society, life of any kind, then lets value it all around.

Obviously this could be trouble, especially if we start having more babies and less animals to feed them with…

Everything is so complex.

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