When push came to shove Tuesday night, Mississippians voted that the unborn could not be defined as people according to the proposed personhood amendment.
I’ve spent several blogs on this amendment in the last week, so I won’t rehash the details here. As I watched the results trickle in, and watched the “no” votes increase as the precinct returns came, it was with a sinking feeling I realized the church in Mississippi won in its loss, or lost in its win. It depends on which side the church was on because it sure wasn’t on the same side.
Many religious leaders, including Baptist and Catholic leaders, usually those we see on the side of LIFE, condemned this amendment as being “too extreme” and said they could not support it. What the actual text said was:
Should the term 'person' be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?
Since that’s God’s definition, I never could grasp how that was extreme. The Bible is pretty clear when it says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jer. 1:5) and “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). So of all people to declare this amendment too extreme, the church should have been the last ones.