“Engaging Our Bio-UN-ethical World”

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We have the privilege of living at the most exciting time in the history of mankind. Consider, just for a moment, the wide array of goods and services that are available to us, the unbelievable ways we can travel through the air, and on both land and sea; the amazing tools we have access to for all kinds of communication to anywhere on the globe, and yes, they are all available at the tip of our fingers. 

What about the amount of local, national, and global information that comes our way each day through both the print and electronic media? There’s no doubt, it would rival the amount of news or data a man in the 16th century might receive in a year (possibly, in his whole lifetime!). What about the unending stream of technological advances that seem to appear and impact each one of us every day? And last, but certainly not least, when was the last time you stopped your busy life to contemplate the stunning advances in healthcare and in medical research, in say, just the last five years? Yet, despite being the beneficiaries of such earthly privileges, men have never been farther from God. In fact, just the other day, my wife told me that she heard a scientist on television say, with all the seriousness that a global-warming or climate-change advocate might speak, saying, “extra-terrestrials created man to mine all of the gold on earth to use for the worship of the Gods” … hmmm … But, believe me, that same scientist would never, for even a moment, listen to a Christian say, “God made man to worship Him and enjoy Him forever.” You can be sure, that the secular scientific community would, and does, snicker and mock at such Christian statements. So, we can agree that our generation, has characteristically mocked God (but He is not mocked [Galatians 6:7], “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap”), and its foolishness causes them to consider itself a wise replacement for God (Romans 1:22-23). This wicked and secular conviction is most evident today in Biotechnology, with its defining endeavor to alter and control the phenomena of life in plants, in animals, and, increasingly, in human beings! What is the justification these secularists offer for such a pursuit, especially, in regards to human beings? “...the conquest of disease, the relief of suffering, and the prolongation of life” (from Leon Kass’s, LIFE LIBERTY AND THE DEFENSE OF DIGNITY, p. 29). It sounds noble, but to arrive there, they must dismantle the natural and moral boundaries set in place by God. But this suits them just fine. And they are traveling at breakneck speed to do so. For just in the past fifteen years alone, our nation has officially introduced us to: Stem Cell research, The Human Genome Project, and Human Cloning. Therefore, we must realize that these proponents are very willing to throw aside the protection and preservation of human dignity and the ideas and practices that keep us human at the drop of a dime! Such thinking necessarily raises many massive ethical questions, such as, “what does it mean to treat nascent (new) human life as raw material to be exploited as a mere natural resource?” Or “What does it mean to blur the line between procreation and manufacture?” (Kass, p.2) So then, we need to strive to understand these bioethical issues, and many others, to dismantle their prophets’ “Brave New World” vision. Now listen to Dr. Frank E. Young wisely state, and very succinctly explain, where our posture on these issues must be, at this hour, “Christians must be prepared to bring the truths of God’s Word into the contemporary Bio-technological debates, confident that God is the Creator and the Redeemer of this world and of our vast universe. Otherwise, Christians will be ‘missing in action’ in one of the more important engagements of the twenty-first century.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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