Sunday, November 9, 2008

Prayer Issue #3: Embryonic Stem Cell Research

"Bush used his executive power to limit federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, a position championed by opponents of abortion rights who argue that destroying embryos is akin to killing a fetus. Obama has supported the research in an effort to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Many moderate Republicans also support the research, giving it the stamp of bipartisanship."

When President Bush made this executive order, many Christian leaders like myself rejoiced. To be a "Christian" means literally to be "a follower of Christ". And to be His follower is to love all life, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant.

Psalm 139 from the Bible says: "For you (God) created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb...My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place...All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

Some would say, "But there is so much promise in embryonic stem cell research of finding cures for Alzheimer's, etc!"

To this statement, I have two comments. 1) If all life from conception is precious to God, how can we say that the chance of helping one life is worthy of destroying another? And 2) No significant breakthroughs as of yet have ever come through embryonic stem cell research. None. President Bush's executive order did not stop embryonic stem cell research; it unfortunately happens every day in our country. It simply said that we as taxpayers would not have to pay for it.

As the article from stated, this is not a partisan issue. Leaders on both the left and the right disagree within their respective parties on this issue. Please pray that President-elect Obama (and both Democrats and Republicans) will experience a change of heart on this issue as well.

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