A "random child" ... is there such a thing?

I bet you're as confused as I am!

Some would contend there are. In fact, some believe there are many! Unwanted. Unplanned. Purposeless. Random.

An atheist I just spoke with believes there is no rhyme or reason for life -- it just happens. It's an accident. It's fortuity. It's fate. It's dispensable. And, a pregnancy initiated during a romantic interlude is ... random! Unwanted and unplanned. She feels no responsibility toward it. She denies its right to life at her personal expense. She's convinced since the preborn child has no awareness of surroundings or self-identity, it is not necessary to allow it to be born, especially if she has no personal emotional attachment to it.

A random child. Worthless. Unintended. No big deal. Pfffft!

During our conversation which, by the way was both disturbing as well as enlightening, I learned more about how people justify abortion without appearing to have any real feeling of regret or remorse.  While that baffles me, the logic behind their lack of emotion toward their unborn child makes total sense to them especially since "science" (according to them) appears to explain away any sense of moral value to the "glob of cells" growing in a mother's womb, at least until the baby has a developed nervous system which they contend is at about 20 weeks. More radical pro-abort positions will stretch their argument to contend that no child prior to birth has any awareness of life or self-identity and, therefore, releases all moral obligation toward that child by the mother. In other words, the first breath of life outside the womb constitutes a right to life and not a moment before.

What they fail to realize is that "first breath of life" can occur as early as 22-23 weeks of gestational age if a baby is born prematurely. The argument at that point becomes an issue of whether or not the baby can breathe on its own without the help of medical intervention. If the child is dependent upon medical assistance to survive, it is not a life worth defending or expressing any emotional attachment toward.

Renewed Indigation: Random ChildThe arguments continue with one convoluted excuse after another to explain away any message of responsibility toward a life they helped create with the assistance of another willing participant.

Perhaps having lived through years of childlessness makes me more sensitive to the issue. I don't understand how any child can be called random as if he or she has no purpose in life.

Every child has worth and a destiny in the plan of God. But, to the atheist, remove God from the equation and think for a moment.  Every living creature has a right to life regardless how it came to be. The non-believer will fight , rally, march, and lobby for the rights of a whale, a tree, an eagle, even a parasite or any endangered or protected species while the life of a human child in its most vulnerable state is not worthy of any effort to defend or protect. There's no logic ... no justification for this thought process.

To be pro-life is to be pro-child. That means, life at every stage of development is sacred and a gift from God. Our responsibility does not end at the successful birth of an endangered baby but continues throughout the life of that child. God called us to be a Body, united as one under Him, serving one another in love (Gal. 5;13), preferring one another before ourselves. That doesn't translate into a random child or choosing to abort a preborn child.

Looking for more references about loving and/or serving others rather than living for oneself?

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself" (Philippians 2:3).

"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" (Romans 12:10).

"Submitting to one another in the fear of God" (Ephesians 5:21).

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2).

Can we really justify killing an unborn child and fulfill the law of Christ? Let the atheist deny God today ... one day they will stand before the Throne and realize they missed their chance to live for more than themselves.

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