Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, faces two counts of murder for allegedly killing 26-year-old Jessie Davis and her nearly full-term fetus.[i]
I have been doing a slow stew about this. Not because the charges are not justified, the woman is dead and so is the unborn child. What bugs me is the double standard implemented by the courts. A man kills a woman and an unborn child and he is charged with 2 murders while a man births a baby, breathing on its own and crushes its skull while just the crown of the head is in the womb and it is not murder? What is up with that? If he is found guilty every doctor that has performed an abortion can (and should) find himself or herself on the block for murder.
Why the rant? We have a murder epidemic in our country and we try to wash our hands of it by quoting Roe v. Wade and a piece of judicial legislation called “a right to privacy”(see Wikipedia article for more info[ii]), like Pilate trying to wash his hands of the blood of Jesus. It just will not work.
I took the ethics class at good old Rutgers and I know the argument: A lady wakes up with a world class violinist attached to her by tubes and if he gets disconnected he will die. Is she obligated to keep him there for nine months? No, duh, not even nine seconds but she did nothing to get herself into that situation. It was forced upon her.
The difference is that we know there are consequences for our actions, and if you fool around you may have to pay the price, and not just for nine months but like about 18 years or so till they can move on and take care of themselves.
The larger issue here is the morality or lack thereof. We live in a world of relative morality where if it is right for me then it is ok for me to do it, especially if it does not affect anybody else. But it does not just affect the mother, but the father and the life of the child (not “potential life” but life see Genesis 5:22-23; Jeremiah 1:5 for two examples of how God recognized life from the womb and even beforehand.) and the Bible is very plain on the consequences of these actions:
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. 23And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, 24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. –Exodus 21:22-25.
It is not a matter of the law interfering with a woman’s “right to privacy” or the alleged “separation of church and state” (I have already ranted on that pretty well in an older post) but a simple matter of some things being right and some others being wrong. And it is not as easy to dismiss as just saying “well, that is Old Testament so it does not apply any more.” Remember what Jesus said?
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. –Matthew 5:17
So what was sin then is still sin today. Wrong is still wrong and we Christians need to make sure we land on the side of right. We need to warn the wicked so their blood will not be on our hands. Is this popular, no but I am not called to win popularity contests. Am I hardheaded? Yes, and on some things we need to be, without apology, I hate sin. Not the sinner, but the sin and especially when it affects innocent lives that cannot defend themselves. I’m pretty sure I am going to get some interesting responses to this post, so let the discussion begin…
[i]Bobby Cutts Jr. Ordered Held on $5M Bond for Murder of Pregnant Girlfriend Jessie Davis, Unborn Baby, Fox News 6/25/07 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286560,00.html