What is humanity?

By Benjamin Budde - Contributing columnist

Does anyone know what it means to be human? Let alone to know oneself? Where do we get our point of reference from? Who has the human right to call a baby not a baby? I never heard a woman say I am pregnant with a fetus! Common sense tells us if it has a heartbeat it’s a life! A tumor or growth has no heartbeat.

With all the education and technology available, is abortion the best thing we can come up with? Their blood on our hands as we have the right to choose the people who run the nation. Are we advancing or declining? We are trying to make a colony on Mars, but we don’t have a place for an unwanted baby? The nation is worried about building a wall to protect us from the outside forces, but abortion is killing us from the inside out. What if we took the wall money and created a safe-haven for women in fear of giving birth in an uncertain world and orphanages for children to be adopted? I fear if they had legalized abortion in the 40s my mom wouldn’t have been born, and hence the rest of my family.

We pray for all kinds of things to change, and I wonder about all the babies that have been aborted since 1973 — over 60 million — and how some of these babies could have been our answered prayers. For finding the cure to cancer, or creating a business that could solve world hunger, to having families that could have been great friends to sons and daughters, or for a husband and wife that could not have children.

Why do some leaders promote this as a human right issue? I believe it’s more of a selfish issue. Doesn’t the baby have a right as a human? Hitler called people that didn’t match up with his criteria “non-human.” Just ask Olympic gold-medallist Jesse Owens.

Sadly we have by far surpassed Hitler and his murderous regime by the number of killings by abortions. If we don’t open up our eyes and stand up for life, what are we standing up for? Money, power, to be able to have sex with whomever we want and no need to worry about the consequences. Government emergency, build a wall; public enemy number one, drugs. What about the cries of the beating heart of the unborn? Are we so cold by our entertainment and parties that we forget how precious life is?

I’m beginning to think the bet that Ernest Hemingway won for $10 to make a short story in six words wasn’t just fiction, but prophecy. “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” “O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” Daniel 9:18-19


By Benjamin Budde

Contributing columnist

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.