I usually stay away from political topics on my blog…but yesterday’s news really troubled me. President Obama lifted the ban on stem cell research. The scientific world celebrated…insisting that new breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s were now on the horizon through stem cell research.
Now, my dad has Alzheimer’s and I wish there were a cure. The last decade of Dad’s life has been incredibly difficult and sad and it’s only going to get worse.
But I’m pretty sure I know what he would say about stem cell research.
He would say that he has had a good, long, blessed life. He’s had his turn. Those stem cell embryos aren’t even given a chance at life. They’re going to be sacrificed to postpone death for someone…who is still going to die.
When President Obama said that “this issue will no longer be decided by dogma”…all I could think was to replace the word ‘dogma’ with ‘God’s moral laws’.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
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.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139: 13-16, niv).