The Right to Murder

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Over the past few years, there have been several horrific mass murders in America, school shootings being among the most common. When people hear of these atrocities, they are outraged.

And that’s good. I hope you’re angry about these killings. (If you aren’t, that says something about you, doesn’t it?) Bottom line: Everybody gets angry when another mass slaughter occurs.

But the question we should all be asking is…Why?

This may seem like a shocking question to ask, but it really is a relevant one. Why does society get so incensed when seventeen kids are killed by a man with a gun, when thousands of other children are murdered by men and women with M.D.s each and every day? Why should school shooters be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison–or, the right punishment, death–while thousands of serial killers are not only tolerated, but praised, and allowed to accumulate billions of dollars in government money, money they are given for their murderous deeds? Normally when a murderer strikes, the victims have the right to kill that murderer in defense of their own lives—but is that right diminished simply because the victim in the womb doesn’t yet have the strength to take advantage of it?

Isn’t this a severe inconsistency in reasoning? If abortion and infanticide, which kill millions each year (more than cancer, AIDS, and heart disease combined), is so enthusiastically accepted by the culture, shouldn’t other forms of mass murder be legalized as well? What justification does society have to arrest and condemn someone for killing teenagers, when if those same teenagers had been killed in their mothers’ wombs before birth (or at birth), there would be no talk of it at all and definitely no civil action taken? There would have been no riots, protests, or trial if the killer of seventeen people in Florida been in an abortion clinic instead of a school, and holding a “medical” instrument rather than a gun.

And yet, if the view of this postmodern world is correct, doesn’t the shooter have the same “right” as a woman—the right to choose? The right to murder a fellow human being?

Most pro-choice advocates claim that mass shootings and abortions are two different things, but I need just one question answered before I buy that: How?

How is it different? Both the shooter and the abortion doctor are murdering a human being. Yes, they accomplish their goal in slightly different ways—but does it make a difference to the judge or jury if someone kills another person with a gun rather than cyanide? Not in any rational court of law (if we have those anymore). Why? Because no matter the method or instrument used, murder is still murder. It is still wrong. It is still a breach of the justice of God and man. The school shooter plots to murder targets who are not willing to die and do not know of his plans—the woman and the doctor conspire against the life of a victim who has not given consent and is unable to resist. Abortion is on the same level of a murderer putting the muzzle of his gun to the head of a six-year-old and blowing her brains out. The victim is less developed than he is, is powerless to fight for her life, and has not given her consent to be murdered. There is NO difference between school killings and what we see in Planned Parenthood clinics, other than the fact that acceptance of abortion is much more widespread, and the impact much more overlooked.

And why is murder wrong? Because life is not just the meaningless result of some random process of nature. It is a gift from Almighty God, who created it and sustains every second of its existence. Because this gift has such value, the Lord has placed the death penalty on the one who destroys it, whether that person holds a medical degree or a Smith and Wesson.

Don’t misunderstand me: I one hundred percent believe that God can and will forgive a murderer if he repents of his sins and trusts in Jesus Christ, no matter how many people he has killed or what sort of instruments he used to carry out the crime. But God’s forgiveness does not nullify the fact that He has given His Law; actually, the fact that He does forgive is simply proof that His Law is to be obeyed, and that there are consequences for breaking it. The offer of salvation does not negate the command to “not murder” (Exodus 20:13), no more than it does the commands against lying or stealing. The Lord will return and judge every person who has ever lived, as well as all of those who have died; and when He does, He will spare no unrepentant person who has disobeyed His commands. And He has commanded every member of mankind to take every possible measure to defend and nurture every human life, whether it is born or unborn.

Deliver those who are being taken away to death…If you say, “See, we did not know this,” Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work? 

Proverbs 24:11-12

Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9

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NOTE: The lack of difference between a school shooter and an abortionist is an argument that both my twin sister and I have used multiple times when addressing the subject of abortion, both in writing and conversation, and it seems to be a gamechanger for a lot of people when they see the logic of it.

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