Imagine reading a headline that stated, “Animal Rights Organization PETA Presents Meat Processing Company Tyson with Award.” Absurd, right? Why would an organization that denounces pet owners as selfish captors who subject animals to a cruel life of bondage publicly commend one of the largest slaughterhouses in America? The headline screams of hypocrisy. But our society has so boldly embraced abortion that even Christian organizations are honoring the largest abortion chain in America as a promoter of “women’s health.”
Just last week, a seminary with the Presbyterian Church-USA publicly commemorated two Planned Parenthood officials. At Auburn Seminary’s annual benefit breakfast, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, and Cecilia Guthrie Boone, chair of the board of Planned Parenthood, were presented with the “Lives of Commitment” award. According to Auburn Seminary’s website, this benefit breakfast is dedicated to “honoring women who bridge religious divides, build community, and pursue justice.”
The notion that Planned Parenthood executives could be included in this description is amusing, if not appalling. Planned Parenthood’s actions in the political realm lately have hardly been amiable towards religious institutions or promoted solidarity among families. And I won’t even get started on the heinous, twisted idea than an abortion industry is promoting “justice” through the murder of innocent children. Rather, Planned Parenthood advocates the violation of Americans’ religious liberties, attacks women’s health organizations, and continues to denounce as “anti-choice” ordinances legislation increasing safety regulations on abortion.
Expounding on the award, Auburn Seminary stated:
Like the millions of people who support Planned Parenthood’s mission, Auburn recognizes Cecile Richards and Cecilia Boone as champions for reproductive health care, education, and women’s health.
The presentation of this Christian award to Planned Parenthood officials is nauseating. Scripture undeniably refers to the unborn as human beings, formed in the womb and covered with the fingerprints of the Almighty.
Psalms 139: 13, 15-16 says, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.”
The ladies of Auburn Seminary need to cover their ears to the deceptive message of the culture, pick up their Bibles, and open their eyes to the clear scriptural condemnation of abortion. Because the Bible also contains a warning for individuals like them: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
If only the Auburn Seminary would obey the scriptural call to defend the weak among us and fervently fight for the lives of unborn children with the same passion PETA crusades for the protection of eagle eggs.