What IS immoral?
A few days ago, my grandmother had a pamphlet wedged into the space between her windshield and her windshield wipers. This pamphlet is titled: Is It IMMORAL to vote Obama for President? The pamphlet starts out with this sentence: “A debate has emerged among Catholics and Evangelicals as to whether or not a Christian may in good conscience vote for Obama for president.”
It goes on to call Obama “an aggressive accomplice of child-killers” because he is pro-abortion. It attempts to explain how voting for Obama is immoral because if you know his intent (which, according to this pamphlet, is child-killing aka. abortion) you are helping him with this act and therefore sinning by voting for him.
The writer of the pamphlet (Randall Terry) goes on to explain three scenes that he thinks answer the question of what is moral and what is immoral. You can read the whole brochure at: http://www.ahumbleplea.com/Docs/StopObama.pdf
Case 1: I am in my car at a red light, and a man comes up to my window and says: “Hi. Could you please give me a ride to the bank? I have some banking to do and my car just broke down.” I say, “Sure. Hop in…” and take him to the bank. As I am leaving, to my horror I see him pull a mask over his face, draw a gun from his pocket, and enter the bank. Gunshots and screams fill the air, and the man I drove to the bank comes running out – after he murdered the banker, and stole all the money he could carry. He flees successfully.
The question is: did I sin by giving this murderer and robber a ride to the bank?
The answer is: no. I did not sin, because I did not know his intent.
Case 2: I am at a traffic light, and a man comes up to my window and says, “Excuse me; I’m going to rob the bank, then shoot the teller so that he won’t be able to testify against me at trial if I get caught. Would you please give me a ride to the bank?” I say, “Sure, hop in…” and give him a ride to the bank, and he fulfills his promise. Given those facts, have I participated
in the sin of theft and murder? The answer is: yes. In the eyes of God, and in the eyes of any court of law, I would be guilty of participating in the sin (and crime) of murder and
robbery, because I knew his intent.
Some say, “But Obama is not actually killing children. He is only supporting laws permitting abortion; he is not the abortionist killing the child.” Good point. Let me give the third illustration.
Case #3: I am at a traffic light, and a man comes up to my window and says, “I have a friend who intends to rob the bank and shoot the bank teller. I want to keep him out of trouble, so I promised to watch out for him while he commits the crime. If a policeman comes, I will distract him so that my friend won’t get caught. Will you please take me to the bank?” I say, “Sure. Hop in…” and take him to the bank. (On the way over, we discuss how neither of us could ever rob a bank or murder a bank teller.) We arrive and see the thief/murderer drive up, exit his car, cover his face, draw his weapon, and enter the bank.We hear screams and gunshots. Within seconds, a policeman emerges on foot from around the corner with his gun drawn, looking anxiously for assailants or victims. The man I gave a ride to plays his role perfectly. He jumps out of my car, yelling and pointing; “I just saw a man running down that alley with a gun in his hand and a bag he brought out of the bank!” The policeman takes the bait, and runs down the alleyway, vainly chasing a villain who is not there. The murderer merges from the bank, glances over at his friend (my passenger), nods appreciatively, gets into his car, and escapes. Given these facts, have I participated in the sin of robbery and murder? The answer is: yes. Because I knew the intent of the accomplice and I helped him and his friend accomplish the crime, I became an accomplice; I participated in the sin (and crime) of robbery and murder.
Let me give you a fourth case, though, one not mentioned in the pamphlet. A girl is brought to the hospital, writhing in agony. Her teenage body is not ready physically to make a baby. The tiny human growing inside her is literally killing her. You refuse to give her an abortion because you claim that killing the baby would be immoral. Both the unfortunate girl and unborn baby die because of this. Isn’t your decision immoral? Two people died because of it.
The point I’m trying to make is that you cannot compare abortion to a few bank robberies. There is much more going on behind than you could ever know.
What if preventing a birth means saving a life? How do you determine what is moral and immoral?