Friday, March 9, 2012

Can Christian Authors Change the World?

I am stick to my stomach!
I am repulsed beyond repulsion!
I cannot believe what I read last week.
Two medical ethicists working with an Australian university have written a post in the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so should be the termination of a newborn.
That’s right! If you missed your chance to have an abortion, then just have the newborn killed! And, we’re not even talking about throwing babies in the fire to worship Baal!
Here is more of what they said:
“Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in ‘circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.’”
They want to change the name of such a “procedure” to “after birth abortion” instead of infanticide because it 

“[emphasizes] that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child.”
You must read this article NOW at this link:
Why am I making such a big deal, other than the obvious reasons this is INSANE and WRONG?
In the past year I have read blog post after blog post from our own authors here at Charisma and many of their own personal blogs. In these posts we have raised questions of what is the responsibility of authors of Christian fiction? How much of the Christian worldview should we put in our stories? How far do we go to “compromise” the Gospel in our fiction in order to be relevant to non believers who might read out books? Or, should we stay comfortably within our realm of safe Christian fiction readers?
As published Christian authors, we can help to shape and mold public opinion. Writers have for centuries represent the forefront of cultural change mostly for the worse. But, we can do the opposite. We can write blog entries, essays, emails, Tweets, and, yes, stories that champion the kind of values that our culture has lost. We can be salt and light in the world, raising the beacon of Truth to a world steeped in darkness and evil. If we don’t speak up; if we don’t put into words our outrage over such changes in society, then God will hold us accountable for every letter, every word, every paragraph that was put forth for the world to see that failed to raise the light of Jesus Christ.
What do you think? What is our responsibility as writers of stories that champion Truth? What can we do to help reshape a broken culture?


Lena Nelson Dooley said...

When I first read about that, I was sick at my stomach, too. I know that our Father God weeps in heaven over the loss of his innocent babies. We should do everything we can to fight such insane ideas.

Jillian Kent said...

This is horrible. And in the link that defends the publisher they say, "The Blaze story did generate close to 1,000 comments in the first 24 hours and registered over 7,000 “likes” on Facebook."

This isn't insanity, this is pure EVIL.

At least the comments section folks of this link have a moral conscience

Martha W. Rogers said...

Bob Record, our guest speaker yesterday in church mentioned this and I wept. I couldn't believe such a thing could be possible. As Jillian says, "this is pure evil."
If we Christians don't let our voices be heard, if we don't write the truth in our books, if we don't share the gospel, if we don't fight injustice, too soon we won't have anything left to fight for. Our voices will be silenced.

Bruce Hennigan said...

In view of Greg's post about controversy, I think there are times we can cry "Wolf!" but this isn't one of them. Every book, every story, every poem, every song, every movie, every blog post conveys a worldview.
I only hope that as we write for our Lord, that His Story will come shining through into the growing darkness and shadows that are descending upon this world.
Let's continue to tell the Story of Truth!