Readers write: May 27, 2019 issue

May 22, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 11
Various Contributors |

Easy to sympathize about abortion, but hard to rationalize it
Re:Can we talk about abortion?” April 29, page 10.

In reading Melissa Miller’s column, it is easy to sympathize with the women who are in a position to make such a decision. It is easy to rationalize abortion. However, does our rationalizing supersede what God says?

Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey) changed her mind after the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that, under the clause of the 14th Amendment, women had the right to choose. McCorvey, who died in 2017, became a pro-life activist, saying that the abortion “was the biggest mistake of my life.”

Regardless of what former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, or the 1968 issue of Christianity Today say, we better concentrate on what God says. Psalm 139:13-14 reads: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

That doesn’t sound to me that life begins after birth. People might begin the process of life, but if God is involved in creating my inmost being in my mother’s womb, I, for one, don’t want to pretend my rationalization overrides what God says. God does not appreciate our disobedience.

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While I find it easy to be sympathetic to Miller’s point of view, I believe her conclusions are dangerous.
—Peter Wiebe, Saskatoon

‘God’s loving presence’ evident at ‘Beyond binaries’ event

Re:Queer and quirky and profoundly worthy of wonder,” April 29, page 14.

What a joy to attend the “Beyond binaries” event on April 6. God’s loving presence was so evident throughout the day: in the joyful and inclusive welcome, the prayerful worship, the thoughtful and biblical theological reflection, the helpful workshops and the respectfully curious questions.

Christ’s radical kindness and God’s call to love and justice were the foundation for the conference, and they underscored every moment. LGBTQ+ Christians and we allies were encouraged and equipped to continue God’s good work in the world.

The article summarized very well God’s loving inclusion of all: “People of all genders are created in the image of God, are beloved of God and are essential parts of the body of Christ.”
—Kristen Mathies, Waterloo, Ont.

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