June 11, 2008 · Updated 6:15 PM
A recent issue of the Central Kitsap Reporter (March 15) contained an interesting juxtaposition: Adele Ferguson's eloquent report on the state Senate's non-partisan, heartfelt tribute and farewell to Sen. Bob Oke who is dying of cancer and a letter on the opposite page by Mark Emerson of Seabeck on "Abortion is a personal choice."
On one side of the ledger, we have a man whose life has reflected the timeless precepts known as the fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness. On the other, we have the misguided view of one who espouses total personal choice (anarchy is one definition), the absence of absolutes (more anarchy) and relegates God's time-tested Holy Word to a "collection of stories and parables" which we either believe totally or not.
Emerson states that we are "all children of God" and that everything we do on earth is "inspired by God" and "one of the most divine gifts God gave us is free will." Aside from the obvious lack of logic for even one who has no respect for the Bible would question whether 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing or the Holocaust were "inspired by God," Emerson is quite right when he says we can't cherry pick what we will and won't believe in the Bible.
And here's where his arguments fall apart. Even the most died-in-the-wool atheist can see the benefits of the Fifth Commandment which tells man for the ages, "Thou shall not murder." Without this prohibition, every culture in every age has made life untenable. It was so in biblical time. It is so today. It will be so tomorrow. So much for the Bible's relevancy.
If we are "all children of God," one must ask why certain children hold the right of life and death over other children whom God has created and imbued with soul and spirit and breath. If they are not alive, why then must they be killed? Abortion is not an "unfortunate but necessary personal choice": It is a violation of the Fifth Commandment which was given to all ages for the benefit and protection of all mankind, especially the most vulnerable, the unborn child.
When anyone is murdered, the issue extends beyond God, the victim and murderer. It strikes at the very heart of civilized behavior.
Truth does not change based on what I choose to believe. Truth is. And truth is timeless, outlasting cultures which have risen to the greatest heights and are now barely remembered historic dust. Such a fate could well be America's, not because of ethnic birthrates, immigration or emigration but because of our moral choices.
Each of us will meet our maker and be called to account. There is no justice on earth. There will be justice in the end. Believe it or not. As we have life and breath, we have yet opportunity to throw ourselves upon the mercy and grace of God.
Mr. Oke has and as he state, he hopes he will hear his Lord say: "Well done thou good and faithful servant." My Bible says he will.
KATHLEEN V. NELSON