Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Article: Why I Cannot Accept Ice Bucket Challenge

If you see "everyone doing it," you should slow down and think it over carefully before following. There are too many professed Christians who blend in with the world instead of stand out as God said we should (read these verses). The "follow the herd mentality" could lead you to places you don't want to go. I am thankful for men like Nathan who encourage the rest of us to walk circumspectly.

Why I Cannot Accept the Ice Bucket Challenge (click link to read full article)

"The problem with embryonic stem cell research is two-fold:  first, it is morally reprehensible to anyone who believes that life begins at conception.  Imagine the outrage that would happen if scientists proposed we grew infants and children for the express purpose of performing lethal experiments on them, no matter how scientifically helpful the results would be.  Secondly, if there is a breakthrough involving embryonic stem cell research, then the resulting treatment would involve mass harvesting of embryonic stem cells, and therefore mass abortions.  In short, embryonic stem cell research involves the destruction of innocent human life.  And therefore, I cannot promote donations to this particular organization when it thinks that infanticide is a legitimate way to save other human beings.

Now, I don't think our response as Christians should be to just throw up our hands, check out, and not do anything.  Instead, we should lead the way in helping those who are suffering with ALS, and work towards finding medical treatments that are ethically researched.  So, I would ask anyone who is making a donation to consider donating to an ethically focused organization, like this one:"

Ephesians 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise

As a Christian who values life and has had several pregnancy losses, I can not support an organization that destroys embryos to help others. Like the author, I can and do support other charities.