War is hell. Most who have been within its throes will attest to that. If of course they are willing to talk about it. The mere fact that most who have fought in war choose to hide from their own memories of it should be testament enough that war is atrocious in the least. My heart goes out to any soldier who has fought in a just war.
But what is a just war? Aren’t any wars sinful and considered heinous criminal acts of one man or nation upon another?
St. Thomas Acquinas defined just war thusly: “A just war is wont to be described as one that avenges wrongs, when a nation or state has to be punished, for refusing to make amends for the wrongs inflicted by its subjects, or to restore what it has seized unjustly.”
That certainly would account for our intervention in both world wars, and Korea. I’m still up in the air about VietNam because those who were seizing and those being seized upon were often of the same philosophy.
An individual can not declare war. For an individual can seek redress for wrongs within his system of government. This is a clear theme in the Bible’s goal of pacifism and was edified by Acquinas at a time when most governments were led mostly by birthright loyalty. But what of those Jews in Nazi German control. How could they have sought redress? Of course in hindsight we know that other just nations corralled around their cause and fought for them.
I think God provides for all in the hope that other “just” nations will always endeavor to wage war against evils as those found in 1930s and 1940s Europe. But is that a stead fast hope? Can we always be secure in the thought that at least one powerful nation will always be willing to stand up against unjust evil? Will the Cavalry always come charging whenever evils exist in the world? I don’t think so. I think that political correctness can be used as a tool to chip away at attitudes toward evil, lessening those necessary responses where evil exists.
Don’t agree? What is your stance on abortion? Are you free to stand up and say how you feel? Of course. But the powers of political correctness will wash away any effective use you may be in the fight against abortion by causing fence-sitters to see you as a radical zealot……. Who lends credence to a radical zealot? And let’s face it, we’re really trying to save the souls of fence-sitters, aren’t we?
If we made abortion a mandate where every third child must be aborted, would other nations come running to help us from such evil? China has had similar population control in place for decades. No cavalry jumped in to save their citizens.
Abortion is not a government issue. Period. We do not use it as a reason to justify war because it can not justify war. I think that is just a matter of universal law, as though it is impossible for a banana to be orange. Using it as some sort of volleyball in a political debate only intensifies the use of PC to deal with it, only strengthening it as a viable option in the minds of fence sitters. Abortion will never be legislated in our free democracy because it is seen as a religious issue. “Why is murder illegal then?” Because murder ends the life of a citizen. Abortion doesn’t. At least the unborn child is not yet seen as a citizen. And as long as Satan rules this world I don’t think the unborn child will ever be viewed as a citizen.
Beyond all of that I intrinsically believe that abortion should not be a matter of legislation, nor battle, but rather a matter of spirituality. Here are some quotes from some early heavy-hitting Christians on abortion.
“You shall not kill the child by obtaining an abortion. Nor, again, shall you destroy him after he is born.”
St. Barnabas (“Epistle of St. Barnabas,” c. 70-100 A.D.)
“You shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one who has been born.”
“The Didache [The Teaching Of The Twelve Apostles]” (c. 80-140 A.D.)
“Women who were reputed believers began to resort to drugs for producing sterility. They also girded themselves around, so as to expel what was being conceived. For they did not wish to have a child by either slave or by any common fellow – out of concern for their family and their excessive wealth. See what a great impiety the lawless one has advanced! He teaches adultery and murder at the same time!” St. Hipploytus (“Refutation Of All Heresies,” c. 225 A.D.)
“He [the schismatic Novatian] struck the womb of his wife with his heel and hurried an abortion, thereby causing parricide.”
St. Cyprian of Carthage (“Epistle 52 To Cornelius,” c. 251 A.D.)
“A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder. And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed is not admissible amongst us.”
St. Basil the Great (“Epistle 138,” c. 375 A.D.)
“Others drink for sterility and commit murder on the human not yet sown. Some when they sense that they have conceived by sin, consider the poisons for abortion, and frequently die themselves along with it, and go to Hell guilty of three crimes: murdering themselves, committing adultery against Christ, and murder against their unborn child.”
St. Jerome (“Epistle 22,” c. 380 A.D.)
“The rich women, to avoid dividing the inheritance among many, kill their own fetus in the womb and with murderous juices extinguish in the genital chamber their children.”
St. Ambrose (“On the Hexaemeron,” c. 386 A.D.)
“To destroy the fetus ‘is something worse than murder.’ The one who does this ‘does not take away life that has already been born, but prevents it from being born.’”
St. John Chrysostom (“Homilies on Romans,” c. 391 A.D.)