Last night on the Jay Leno Show, Leno asked President Obama to respond to the recent comments by Richard Mourdock that has sparked a bit of a media frenzy. If you missed it, I will attach a clip below.
What I would like to do here is a little bit different. Instead of criticizing the President’s response, allow me to simply show how I would have responded if Leno were to give me the opportunity.
The senate candidate Richard Mourdock made a statement today, “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but came to the conclusion that life is a gift from God and even if life begins in the horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen. This seems like we’re back to Todd Akin time again.”
Jay, I won’t distance myself from the idea that God is in control, even during the worst moments of human history.
I think the Bible clearly teaches this in several places; perhaps most famously in the story of Joseph. In the last chapter of the book of Genesis, Joseph’s brothers find Joseph to be the 2nd in command of the most powerful nation on earth at the time. They had come to beg for food because they were starving, but when they saw Joseph, what they did to him many years before came rushing back into their minds. They had tried to kill him, but one brother convinced the others that instead of murder, they could sell him as a slave and make a little money out of the deal. So they beat him up and threw him in a pit and held him there until a slave trader showed up that could buy him. Now, years later, they see Joseph – and he is powerful. They are worried because they know they did evil and they think that only evil can come from evil. But Joseph tells them, “What you meant for evil, God has meant for good.” Joseph forgives his brothers and feeds them, and by doing so, he saves the entire nation of Israel.
As a Christian, I believe God can do the same thing when rape happens. Rape is horrible thing. It is wrong and the Bible is clear about it. There is absolutely no condition that makes rape acceptable in the eyes of God and there should be no condition that makes rape acceptable in the eyes of the United States government. However, just because rape is wrong, and God hates it, doesn’t mean He can’t bring something wonderful out of it.
That’s what Christians think all babies are. We think a baby is a wonderful gift from God. In the midst of the worst that mankind can offer – God can provide a beautiful, loving gift that reminds us of his steadfast love.
There are people watching your show tonight who were conceived out of rape or incest. I believe that what their biological father did was wrong. I believe that God hates what their biological father did. But at the same time, these people, watching your show tonight are a reminder that God can bring good out of a horrible situation. Their father and their mother may not have planned on them. But God did. In Psalms we read that these people, born in such horrible circumstances, were knit together by God in their mother’s womb. The Psalmist explains that they were fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
So, I will not distance myself from a position that claims that children born into horrible circumstances are still a wonderful gift from God. I will not distance myself from a position that says God specially designs each baby, and loves them. And despite the trouble that these children are born into, I will not advocate any position that views these children as less than a beautiful gift from God.