Solomon, David, and our inmost being

By Dave Andrusko

I am in the final, final throes of putting together the NRL News edition that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the “landmark” (read disastrous) 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. So posts today and tomorrow will be few and short.

I’m surprised how many people on the other side respond. That’s the power of the Internet: anyone with access to the Web can read stories from NRL News Today, courteous of Google News.

One gentleman wrote me today that he could “appreciate” my feelings, adding, “My pro-choice feelings boiling down to I just don’t know.  I am not King Solomon.”

What’s interesting is that the allusion to Solomon is no doubt to the decision he made when two women claimed to the mother of a baby. (Both had given birth, but the child of one had accidentally been killed.) He said, in effect, okay, I’ll split the child in half and you can jointly “own” the baby.

We read in Scripture [I Kings 3:26-28]

26 “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.”

The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”

Solomon said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.”

King Solomon knew the real mother would rather the other woman have her son than allow him to be put to death. We don’t have to be Solomon to understand that.

King David understood God’s eternal reach, His role in our formation. [Psalm 139: 13-16]

13 For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15 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.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be

Amen.

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