On November 9 many faith-leaders will gather at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbus, Ohio to "bless" it.
It is their intention to bless it as one might bless a food pantry or farmer's field, as a venue for doing God's work. It is not their intention to bless it in the sense that broken people might be given the gift of God's healing.
Many of the faith-leaders claim to be Christian ministers.
Pro-choice, Christian ministers often justify their position by pointing to Exodus 21:22. After all, you cannot argue with the Bible:
When men have a fight and hurt a pregnant woman, so that she suffers a miscarriage, but no further injury, the guilty one shall be fined as much as the woman’s husband demands of him, and he shall pay in the presence of the judges.They neglect to mention the next verse:
But if injury ensues (to the mother), you shall give life for lifeMy interpretation is that miscarriages were common events in Biblical days, driven in part by not enough calories and austere living conditions. By some estimates one out of every three pregnancies ended in a miscarriage.
God, via the Bible, tells us to judge the men who are fighting with mercy, that the mother may have miscarried whether she had been bumped by the fighting men or not. A coincidence of timing.
However, if the fighting men left marks or injury, bruises perhaps, on the mother then the community is to judge the lost baby as a byproduct of the men fighting and the man who is not the husband is to be put to death.
Unborn baby lost to natural miscarriage, nobody is held accountable.
Unborn baby lost as collateral damages to men fighting is to be treated as murder.
I think the faith-leaders who are blessing the Planned Parenthood clinic should get honest and stop pretending to believe the Bible.