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Letter: Do these things and abortion crisis will end

To the editor, Regarding the Pro Life movement: there is no doubt that abortion is the killing of an innocent life. How Christians respond to this issue is indicative of their true beliefs. God is sovereign. A single sparrow does not fall to the ...

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To the editor,

Regarding the Pro Life movement: there is no doubt that abortion is the killing of an innocent life. How Christians respond to this issue is indicative of their true beliefs.

God is sovereign. A single sparrow does not fall to the ground without His knowledge and acquiescence. Therefore, as hard as this may be for some people to accept, not one abortion takes place outside of God's understanding. God cannot be taken by surprise. Nothing happens that He does not control.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that innocent children (those too young to make a profession of faith, including the unborn) are received in heaven. They are seated at the right hand of the Father. Every child killed in his/her mother's womb is with the Lord in Paradise. They have been given the reward that we all hope to find. The same cannot be said for those of us still here on earth.

This letter is not a repudiation of the Pro Life movement. I believe that their aim is just. I am arguing their priorities and tactics are wrong.

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Jesus never said "pass a law." Instead he commanded we go make disciples of all men (and women). Nowhere in the Bible does God advocate a secular solution for what is at its core a spiritual problem. Abortion is a crisis of the soul, and secular measures have no power in the spiritual realm.

If you want to reduce the number of innocent children killed in their mother's womb, the answer is not overturning Roe v. Wade. The solution lies in doing what God commands: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, heal the sick and most importantly pray without ceasing. For the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. If you do these things I guarantee the scourge of abortion will end of its own accord.

Paul Cline

Jamaica, N.Y.

formerly of Grand Forks

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