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A Most Inconvenient Truth!

Have you heard about An Inconvenient Truth by former Vice President Al Gore? It is a documentary film describing the catastrophic consequences Gore believes global climate change will produce if the amount of human-generated greenhouse gases is not significantly reduced very soon. As Gore tells it, major consequences will include melting of ice in colder regions which would raise global sea levels by twenty feet. The resulting floods along coastal areas would produce, according to Gore, 100 million refugees. But there is an inconvenient truth about An Inconvenient Truth — there are many skeptics, reputable scientists among them, who strongly disagree with Gore's conclusions. Some even accuse him of exploiting the fears of the public for personal gain. This debate will undoubtedly continue.

I don't know if global warming is an inconvenient truth or not. I do know one of the plainest truths about truth is that it is very often inconvenient! Truth often finds herself in one corner and the majority in another. Truth often demands we believe and behave morally in ways that are personally and politically and even legally unpopular and inconvenient. Let me cut to the chase and give you one glaring example. On January 22, 1973, in a seven to two majority, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that laws restricting abortion violated a Constitutional right to privacy under the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment. The decision centrally held that a woman may abort her pregnancy and thus kill her unborn baby for any reason up until the point the fetus becomes viable (able to live outside the mother's womb). The Court also held that abortion must be available even after viability to "protect a woman's health." Suddenly, out of thin Constitutional air, women had a legal and constitutionally protected right to do that which, up till that time, had been almost universally considered to be not only legally and socially but also morally wrong. In the words of dissenting Justice Byron White, "The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers." Since 1973, a major criticism of the Roe v. Wade decision has been that the majority failed to recognize the personhood of embryonic/fetal human life. Proponents of abortion rights argue the unborn baby is not a person but rather a "product of conception" (is there anyone reading this who is not a product of conception?). If an unborn child at any stage of development is not human life, will someone tell what kind of life it is? I fmd something Elvis Presley said relevant in the abortion debate. He said, "Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." Our culture may shut God out of our discussions about the personhood of the unborn. But what He has to say ain't goin' away. Ecclesiastes 11:5 hints at a most inconvenient truth for proponents of abortion on demand — "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all" (KJV). Notice the words "with child." A pregnant woman is "with child." Inconvenient or not, that is still the truth.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ