WHY I SUPPORT PROPOSAL 16
I support Proposal 16 because God commands civil magistrates to esteem His edicts higher than the edicts of men.
For decades, pro-life leaders have been content to acknowledge federal court decisions that support a woman’s right to an abortion as binding upon the states. They have been pleased with legislators who worked within the limits set by the courts. However, these limits are set in defiance of the Word of God. Therefore, any official who accepts these limits as legitimate is acknowledging that the law of man supersedes the Law of God. Let us look at some examples of what God has called His people to do when rulers have issued unjust decrees.
Pharaoh is one of the most famous Biblical examples of a tyrant. In Exodus chapter 1, he commanded the Hebrew midwives not to help save the lives of any male children. (This is a similar situation to what we find ourselves in today, in which the Federal Courts have said, “Alabama, you may not save the lives of certain children.”) “But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.” Our state has bowed to their murderous decree. We have done this because we have feared their judgments more that the judgments of God. We have feared the loss of money or prestige, rather than the loss of God’s favor. These two female slaves, Shiphrah and Puah, in choosing to fear God rather than man, had more courage before the most powerful man in the world, than the leaders of the state of Alabama have before the Federal government.
Since the midwives would not participate in his infanticides, Pharaoh then commanded that all the male children be thrown into the river. In the second chapter, we read of another pair of slaves, Amram and Jochebed, who “were not afraid of the king's commandment.” Like the midwives, they too refused to kill their child. They did not seek to work within the system, to seek the best possible outcome that Pharaoh would allow. They did not say, “Drowning is such a horrible way to die; will you allow us to swiftly kill him, and then throw him into the water?” But when faced with a similar evil decree, this is exactly what most pro-life Republicans do. Instead of doing what Moses parents did and ignore the unlawful order, they pass dismemberment bans mandating that you kill the child before mutilating him. This is absurd. A “nicer” murder is still murder! Yet the pro-life leaders cheer and call this progress. This is because they have a fundamental error, and it is this: they esteem the edicts of a human court higher than the edicts of God.
In the tenth chapter of Exodus, Egypt has a new king, but he is just as tyrannical as his predecessor. He too, wants to keep the Hebrews in subjugation. Moses gives him the ultimatum: “Let my people go.” Pharaoh tried a compromise, (you may leave Egypt, but only the men). Moses refused. He tried another, (you may all leave Egypt, but your animals must remain behind). But Moses could not be satisfied with this, because the LORD had commanded nothing less than that all of the House of Jacob should return to Canaan. He responded, “there shall not an hoof be left behind.”
I support Proposal 16 because it is a movement that seeks to follow the example set by these Hebrews 3,500 years ago. We cannot be content to work within the confines set by SCOTUS; we must ignore them. To be satisfied with incrementalist legislation such as bans of 3rd trimester abortions (because that is as much as SCOTUS allows), would be like the midwives being pleased with Pharaoh because had allowed female children to be spared. We cannot be happy with small concessions. Abortion is immoral in all cases, and must be illegal in all cases. When the federal courts offer to let us save the lives of only certain preborn children, the State of Alabama must refuse and declare with Moses, “there shall not an hoof be left behind.”
Paul Abbott is a member of the Proposal 16 Leadership Team and lives in Fort Payne, Alabama.