Making it Up as They Go Along
In 1949, the English writer George Orwell published 1984, a novel recognized by some as prophetic, although hardly biblical. 1984 depicts the society that Orwell envisioned as the end result of political and social forces evident in 1948 when he began writing. One aspect of 1984’s society involved the use of “Newspeak,” a truth denying language used by bureaucracy to control the population.
Recent testimony in a federal court (World, 4/17/04) on what is called partial birth abortion showed that Orwell’s observations contained much truth. In testimony before the court, one abortion doctor objected to terms such as “crushing the skull,” or “sucking the brain out of the skull.” “I don’t think we would use those terms…I think we would probably use a term like ‘decompression of the skull’ or reducing the contents of the skull.’”
One abortionist, for example, spoke of “separating the fetal calvarium from the fetal body”—in other words, decapitating the baby that has already been delivered outside the mother’s uterus. Other terms include the word “disarticulating” for “dismembering.”
Following the testimony of an abortionist explaining their choice of words, the presiding judge asked if this would, “make it nice and palatable so that they wouldn’t understand what it’s all about?” “Yes,” replied the doctor.
Humanity has always tried to obscure its vision. Jesus said, “…light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19-20). The Lord Jesus spoke of truth with utter confidence. It is something which can be determined, known, and embraced. With this in mind, Jesus also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John:14:6).
May God keep us from obscuring the light through our thoughts, actions, or embrace of worldly tactics which appear to aid in the dissemination of the Gospel.