Friday of the Third Week of Advent

I know it’s the season of Advent.  It’s a time for prayer and reflection.  I’m going to read something from yesterday’s Washington Post.  It may not seem very Advent-like, but it’s the kind of thing that we shouldn’t ignore.  Here’s part of the article:

WASHINGTON — Days in the laboratory are numbered for chimpanzees, humans’ closest relative.

Chimps paved astronauts’ way into space and were vital in creating some important medicines. But the government said Thursday that science has advanced enough that from now on, chimpanzees essentially should be a last resort in medical research — a move that puts the United States more in line with the rest of the world.

Chimps’ similarity with people “demands special consideration and respect,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.  His move came after the prestigious Institute of Medicine declared that most use of chimpanzees for invasive medical research no longer can be justified — and that strict new limits should determine which experiments are important enough to outweigh the moral cost of involving this species that is so like us.

In this country more than 1 million abortions are performed each year.  That’s more than 23,000 each week.  Assuming five working days each week, that’s about 4,600 per day.  Unless I’m missing something, our government says we shouldn’t perform experiments on chimpanzees, experiments that have saved thousands of human lives.  But, it’s ok to kill 1 million unborn human beings each year!

The director of the American Institute of Health actually said that chimps deserve special consideration because they’re so much like us!  I’m sorry but I’ve never seen a monkey grow up to be a human person.  Are these people insane, or what?

Like I said, this is Advent.  Christmas Eve is just eight days away.  I don’t want to take anything away from this holy season.  But how can we say we’re a people preparing for the birth of the savior when we let our government, people who are paid with our tax dollars, make such idiotic rules?   We’re about to celebrate the most blessed birth of all time yet we sit quietly as our government allows the execution our future generations while they protect monkeys!

As people of God it’s our duty to pray for some common sense from our elected officials.  We should be just as adamant about human life as these people are about monkey lives.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like monkeys as much as the next guy.  They’re cute.  They look like tiny, furry human beings.  But they’re not human beings.  They’re animals; not very pleasant animals at that.   God gave us dominion over them.  If human lives can be saved by the sacrifice of a few of them, then that’s what we should do.

Just yesterday in the Post Dispatch there was a story of progress that’s being made in the treatment of diabetes through experiments on, guess what?, monkeys.  The animals are actually being cured using stem cells from pits.  Imagine that!  Not human embryonic stem cells, but pig stem cells.

Don’t tell me that we must give a chimp special consideration because it looks a little like us and at the same time execute thousands of unborn humans every day.  It just doesn’t make sense!  And, no surprise, “animal rights” groups are saying the new rules don’t go far enough.

So, as we continue to pray and meditate on the coming of that one special baby, our Lord Jesus Christ, let’s not forget to pray for all the babies who will never see Christmas because someone thought it was ok to play God and take their lives away.  In fact, let’s pray for all life, from conception to natural death.  Only God can create a human life and only God can take it away.

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