With mid-term elections drawing near, politics at its "best" has been on display. One of the most heated and passionate races has not been between two people, but between two views on a contentious issue: embryonic stem cell research and what many call "cloning."
Although it is a state-level issue, the coming vote on Missouri's Amendment 2 ballot has garnered national attention. Supporters of the Amendment want constitutional protection and public funding for stem cell research on human embryos and for applying to human cells the initial steps of the process used to clone "Dolly" the sheep. Opponents call it a "clone and kill" amendment.
The "pros and cons" of Amendment 2 have been hashed and rehashed in the public square. What hasn't been discussed much by either side are the deeper issues related to the amendment.
Supporters urge voters to say "Yes" to "possible cures" and to scientific research. Yet there are huge questions to be asked! For example:
Yet the "No" side of this issue has its own hard questions to address. Consider these:
The fact is that there is a God in this universe, regardless of how powerfully many deny His existence (Psalm 53:1-3), or how determined some segments of society are to keep Him out of their business (cf. Romans 1:28). Yet, He isn't one to be trotted out for a political cause, only to be "shelved" when His "opinions" interfere with other aspects of our lives. Nor is He one to try and "save" this world through the broken-down means this world provides – the compromising and inherently deceptive world of politics.
And He can be found, regardless of the mind-numbing cacophony of "Christianities" out there that claim His stamp of approval. But it will take a commitment to understand and to obey the God actually described by the Bible, even if it means painfully discarding the "God" of our imagination and our tradition.
That is a pain that most – religious and irreligious alike – lack the courage to face.
If you want to begin the process of getting to know that God and His plan for this world, consider requesting two of our free booklets: The Real God: Proofs and Promises and Do You Believe the True Gospel? Beyond the political ads and competing religions is a world that actually makes sense. Dare to begin taking the steps to find it.