Unbelief usually likes to portray itself as rational, but our Lord pointed out that it has quite an irrational aspect to it. Citing Psalm 35:19 and/or Psalm 69:4, He declared what the Old Testament had already said: ‘They hated Me without a cause’ (John 15:25). The apostle Paul says something similar in pointing out that those who look at the creation and reject any belief in an all-powerful Creator are without excuse, and, indeed, are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness (Rom.1:18-20).
Illustrations of this sort of thing abound, but there was a remarkable example during the much coveted commercials broadcast during the American Super Bowl in February of this year (2016). The ads are meant to be humorous, and one of them showed an ultrasound screen, complete with an unborn baby. The father was busy munching on a packet of Doritos (chips), and each time he moved a chip towards his wife’s stomach, the baby on the screen lunged for it. Finally, the mother hurls a chip across the room, and the child then makes an early arrival. All good fun, considering it is an ad – at least one would think so.
However, the NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly known as the National Abortion Rights Action League) was less amused than Queen Victoria. It tweeted that the ad used ‘the ‘antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses and sexist tropes of dads as clueless and moms as uptight’. ‘Humanizing fetuses’ is hardly something sinister. It is why every mother looks at an ultrasound, because she believes that the child in the womb is the same child that will be born, all being well. The ultrasound does not create life; it reveals the life that is there. In fact, the child used on the ultrasound screen was the unborn son of Peter Carstairs, an Australian film-maker who apparently was quite excited to see his child in utero.
Rather obviously, the life is human. The Huffingdon Post placarded its headline: ‘Doritos’ Super Bowl Ad is Making Us Rethink Ever Eating Doritos Again’. Kermit Gosnell never aroused such moral outrage. Surely, there is something deeply irrational and paranoid about the pro-abortion response to reality.
Not long after this episode there was a report that Chelsea Clinton, the only child of Bill and Hillary, had declared that she had left the Southern Baptist Convention at the age of six because a Sunday School teacher taught her that abortion is a sin. She actually claims to have left the Church before her father did, over this issue. What a wondrous child Chelsea must have been – to be able to understand the issues of life and death at the tender age of six, and feel able to contradict the views of Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer when she was barely out of kindergarten. No wonder she too is thinking of running for political office.
As the pro-abortionists continue their defence of the indefensible, the paranoia becomes more obvious, and were it not for their impervious worldview, perhaps even more embarrassing.