Mr. Baker, your letter (Reader Input, Nov. 21) indicates that you see no problem with murdering children. The Bible verses you used imply that you think murderers should not be judged for their crimes (“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall b measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2.
This passage is commonly misinterpreted, especially by non-Christians attempting to silence Christians. In this passage, Jesus warns us against hypocrisy. He did not say that we should never judge whether something is right or wrong, but that if we judge others, we will be judged by that same standard.
This is evidenced by other Scriptures that command us to judge rightly, such as: “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9).
We should speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. When people condemn abortion as murder, they are speaking for those who “are appointed to destruction.”
Also, I do have empathy for the women who choose to have an abortion, as they will live with that decision for the rest of their lives. I understand it is a “heart-wrenching decision” to murder a child, but that does not change the fact that abortion is murder.
Irene West, Auburn