Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Worth the wait

You may have seen the article in the papers over these last few days that two separate scientific groups have been able to create human stem cells without the destruction of human embryos ( I wanted to take a moment to comment on this breakthrough.

First, let the congregation say, "Amen!" This is truly a significant moment in the whole challenge and controversy over the issue of stem cells. If there is a way to use the incredible, adaptable, healing nature of the human body to find cures or treatments for some of the most difficult diseases that people suffer with, then let us all pray for this success!

What I want to comment on though is how important it is to wait, to listen, and to follow God's law and God's way. You know those in favor of embryonic stem cell research (now I'm talking about the bad kind that results in the wanton destruction of human embryos), tried to create a dynamic that pitted those in favor (or those who care about the poor folk who are sick with illness) against religious nuts (who could care less about the suffering of others). This of course, was and is a false dynamic.

The Church in its wisdom of course said all along - we are in favor of using our God-given talents to find ways to alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters, but we always have to ask: at what cost? The cost of the human embryos sacrificed for this was just too much and outweighed any potential advantage.

And, thankfully, these scientists appear to have found a way to use what benefits there may potentially be in embryonic stem cells (remember, still there isn't a single treatment or cure from these), and be able to explore that potential without the destruction of life.

I know for me, this serves as something that strengthens my resolve to stand up for what is right, especially in the cause of life. I hope it does for you too.

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