Obviously, this poll [see about two-thirds down on the right] cannot bear the pressure of extrapolating to the outcome on November 8, but the numbers are still striking: 68% to 30% in favor of the stem cell initiative (which, it cannot be stressed often enough to fence-sitters, is an amendment to the Missouri state Constitution).
On the other hand, and more encouraging, according to this story, the numbers (as of two days ago) are 51% in favor, 35% opposed, and 14% undecided. The 14% is the most encouraging, because, according to the Post-Dispatch, it was around 3% in June. Perhaps people have begun to examine their initial, emotional reactions.
This poll of 900 Missouri residents is even closer.
My question? What if we (and by “we,” I mean those who know that it is wrong to take [penultimately] innocent human life at any stage of its development) lose the battle over this amendment? What if we win it? What can we reasonably expect? One side of me says to hell with the world; it’s headed there already. (That would be the theologically immature, not to mention sinful, side.) The other side says there is one very important reason why Christians fight to keep atrocities like this from being enshrined in law (let alone the Constitution of a state), and why we continue to fight against pseduo-Constitutional rights like the “right to choose whether or not to kill your unborn baby.”
That reason is this: this creation is still God’s creation. He created the world and everything in it, even though it stands corrupted by our sin. It does not, however, stand corrupted beyond redemption. We cannot buy the lie that the spiritual is all that matters while the material can go to hell. No, God created the material as well as the spiritual–in fact, He created humans definitively as body and soul, partakers of both the material and the spiritual. Christians believe in the resurrection of the person, body and soul, when Christ will rejoin what sin and death put asunder.
Thus, we must fight for the protection of the good things that God has made. Christians may work out differently how best to protect the earth and its creatures, but what they may not work out differently is whether some humans–bearers of God’s image–may be denied protection for the benefit of other humans. This is not open to debate among Christians. I hold that anyone who suggests otherwise has already been swallowed by the culture of death. So while hell’s march seems constantly to conquer more and more territory, appearances can be deceiving. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” On this day of All Saints, it seems appropriate to encourage Christians to contend for the Faith once delivered to the saints. That faith includes fighting for the creation sanctified by the God who entered it in human flesh–from the instant of the Spirit-engendered conception in the Virgin’s womb. With the martyrs in heaven, we may ask: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” We have our duty; it is His to avenge and to repay. “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”