Parables of Reproductive Justice: An Interview with Rev. Matthew Westfox

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  1. I just want to make a quick observation on something that Mr Westfox says. On the topic of “sacred conscience” he states, “All I can do is stand with a loving compassionate God, who supports the decisions we make.” I completely agree with standing on the side of compassion and love, but it would be foolish to say that God always supports the decisions we make. God gives us the freedom to choose and make decisions, but just because we are given that freedom doesn’t mean He supports the decisions we make. We see God going against people’s choices time and time in the Bible. People choose to rape, steal, and murder every day and I think Mr Westfox would agree that God does not support those decisions. So a line must be drawn between us having the freedom to choose, and us aligning our decision with God’s standards. Personally, yes, I believe abortion goes against what is taught in the context of the Bible and therefore I don’t support it. But I can also say that personally, I have fallen short of the Bible’s teaching too many times to count. Therefore, I have no stones to throw at anyone, but graciously and lovingly offer compassion to anyone who finds themselves in such a terribly difficult decision. My point is simply this, if we start down the road to say that something is right or wrong simply on our freedom to choose it, then we find ourselves in a world of subjective truth, which is clearly not taught in the context of the Bible. Thanks for allowing me to throw my two cents in.

  2. Anne Thériault says:

    It also seems important to point out that the Bible is pretty clear on the fact that a fetus is not a person. It says that the penalty for killing a person is death, but then Exdodus 21:22 says:

    “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.”

    So if you kill a PERSON you die. If you cause a miscarriage and kill a FETUS, you pay a fine. Therefore, a fetus is clearly not a person according to the Bible.

  3. Thank you, Justin and Rev. Westfox.
    When so many people say they’re “on the God’s side” (usually with spite and anger), it’s so refreshing and healing to read someone saying “All I can do is stand with a loving compassionate God, who supports the decisions we make.”
    To me, those truly are the words of a “man fo God”.

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