After much prayer, a pediatrician turns away (or refuses to accept as a new patient) a newborn baby because the parents are lesbians. This is the news story that popped up when I opened my computer this morning. See the story here.
My first thought is: I wonder what the pediatrician’s personal background is (the region she comes from, her religion, etc.). I’ve heard that several regions (like Russia maybe… I forgot exactly which one) and certain religions (including those outside of Christianity) are extremely conservative and are very anti-gay. My next thought is: I bet a large majority of the “Christian” community will applaud this physician for “standing up for her rights”. But man, I hope not. This really bothers me. Badly. I guess because the real victim here is a child. A child that has barely entered the world and is already being treated – differently – based on the personal choices of the parents.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the homosexual debate. I do believe that in certain circumstances, business owners should be able to refuse to do certain things that are contrary to their personal beliefs. For example, I do not think pastors should be legally forced to marry homosexuals nor do I think the baker should be legally forced to bake wedding cakes for gay marriages. Frankly, if the couple knew how you felt, they probably would not want your services anyway. Maybe so – but why not use someone who is happy for you? However, pastors and bakers are not public services professionals like police, EMS, and fire protection staff are. And that is the category that I put doctors in. Health care professionals. I don’t know a firefighter alive who would refuse to help an infant in a fire because the parents are homosexual. And in my mind, a doctor who has given an oath to care for the health of infants and children should not turn away a baby because of the personal voices of the parents.
As for this particular pediatrician, I’m curious what the difference is in her mind between a baby being raised by a lesbian couple and a baby being raised by a heterosexual couple who are unwed. Biblically speaking, there is no difference between fornication, adultery and homosexuality. Sexual sin is sexual sin. Period. If you refuse to treat a baby because the parents are homosexual are you going to refuse to treat a baby because the parents are practicing fornication and engaging in sex outside of marriage, or because one of the parents is having an affair and is an adulterer, or because the parents have an open marriage? You won’t treat those babies either. Or you will treat their babies because those sins are more socially acceptable to you and don’t offend you.
Picking and choosing which sexual sins to accept and which to discriminate against is a very dangerous game and it should be avoided.
It all goes back to the words in red. Mark 12:28-31 (NLT) – The Most Important Commandment: 28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[g] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[h] No other commandment is greater than these.”
It does not say to love your heterosexual neighbor, love your neighbor who agrees with you 100% of the time, love your neighbor who goes to the same church as you, love your neighbor who is your same political party, love your neighbor who has your same religious beliefs… nope. He just said to love your neighbor as yourself. Whoever that neighbor may be.
Love wins. The end.