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An exhausted UNC grad dragged himself in to the Doctor's office.
"Doctor, there are dogs all over my neighborhood. Three of them in particular are the worst. They bark all day and all night, and I can't get a wink of sleep."
"I have good news for you," the doctor answered, rummaging through a drawer full of sample medications.
"Here are some new sleeping pills that work like a dream. A few of these and your trouble will be over."
"Great," the man answered, "I'll try anything. Let's give it a shot."
A few weeks later the man returned, looking worse than ever. "Doc, your plan is no good. I'm more tired than before!"
"I don't understand how that could be, said the doctor, shaking his head. "Those are the strongest pills on the market!"
"That may be true," answered the man wearily, "but I'm still up all night chasing those dogs and when I finally catch one it's hard getting him to swallow the pill!"
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Recently, two University of Pennsylvania researchers announced findings that, in the words of the WASHINGTON POST, "could blur the biological line between fathers and mothers."
Writing in the online journal SCIENCE, Hans Schoeler and Karin Huebner described how they turned ordinary mouse embryonic stem cells into eggs capable of being fertilized.
What's more, the stem cells they used were from males. Thus, if the technique used by the two researchers is applicable to humans, it could be possible for a gay couple to have children "with one man contributing sperm and the other fresh eggs bearing his own genes."
That raises a new question: Should the man who contributed the cells for the egg be recognized as the child's "mother"? If not, what is he?
Scientists are abuzz. John Eppig, a mouse geneticist, told the WASHINGTON POST that "the mind boggles with potential wild applications of this stuff." Lee Silver, molecular biologist and bioethicist at Princeton, told the POST that the results "[break] down all the classic barriers in terms of sexual reproduction, with none of the problems of cloning."
But others were less enthusiastic. Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life, for one, called the results a potential big step toward opening "human embryo farms."
Johnson is right. But the even bigger threat comes from the hubris of researchers who feel free to "blur the biological lines between mothers and fathers." Even the risk of fundamentally changing what it means to be human doesn't seem to deter them.
It should, for even dyed-in-the-wool Darwinists would agree that sexual reproduction involving fathers and mothers must serve some important purpose. They would recognize that the only animal species without distinct roles for the sexes in reproduction are lower species like amoebas and paramecium.
Darwinists like Stephen Pinker of MIT would affirm that the differences between male and female go beyond their roles in reproduction. They are different in many ways -- physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Christians, of course, affirm all of this and more. The respective roles and contributions of both sexes are what Genesis is referring to when it says "male and female He created them." The history and destiny of life is inextricably tied up in that phrase. It is sheer madness to tamper with the distinction.
Christians shouldn't let anyone say that these concerns make us "Luddites" who fear technology. Bill McKibben, a science writer whom no one would call a Luddite, shares the same concerns. In his book, ENOUGH: STAYING HUMAN IN AN ENGINEERED AGE, he writes that the questions posed by biotechnology threaten to alter what it means to be human and are too important to be left to scientists. He asks, "Must we forever grow in reach and power . . . Or can we, should we, ever say, 'Enough'?"
Exactly -- which is why BreakPoint keeps focusing on bioethics, which raises the most profound moral questions. Christians ought to sound the alarm now, before science without limits blurs lines that were meant to be distinct and achieves what C. S. Lewis called the "abolition of man."
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As you read the Scriptures with your family, I hope you'll have a new appreciation for who the "Word made flesh" really is: He's the Creator who existed before time. He's the Logos Who made heaven and earth, and Who steers the stars in their courses. He is the Truth that is ultimate reality. He is the 'Babe of Bethlehem & the 'Word' of John 1. If you know of others who would enjoy receiving BreakPoint in their E-mail box each day, tell them they can sign up 1-800-457-6125.
He was last seen in the cockpit of his F/A-18 fighter jet. Scott Speicher's plane never made it back from its combat mission in the Persian Gulf War. For years, Scott Speicher was presumed dead. But as more facts became available about the details of the incident that brought down his plane, there began to be more and more doubt about that verdict. Finally, the Pentagon revised the fallen pilot's status to "missing in action." Through it all, his family has been doing all they can - and trying to get officials to do all they can - to see if Scott is still alive as a prisoner in Iraq. I saw one family member interviewed on television. In urging an all-out effort on Scott's behalf, this family member said, "Scott was a strong believer in the doctrine of 'leave no one behind.'"
I know someone who's a strong believer in the doctrine of "leave no one behind." He is, in fact, the strongest believer of all. Jesus can't stand for even one person to be left behind spiritually. In the words of 2 Peter 3:9, He is "not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Including you. Including someone you may have almost given up on. Including that person everyone has written off or rejected.
Here's the rescuing heart of Jesus - it's in Matthew 18:12-14, our word for today from the Word of God. Jesus said, "If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost."
Sadly, those of us who were rescued by this seeking Shepherd seem all too content to just keep on fellowshipping with the already-rescued, seldom making an effort to go after those who are still lost. We can't imagine living one day without Christ. They've never had one day with Christ. We can't just keep focusing on those who are already in! Someone has wisely said, "The Church is the only organization in the world that exists primarily for those who are not yet in it." How can the followers of the ever-seeking Jesus just settle into our little Jesus-club, sing our club songs, go to our club meetings, pay our club dues, and forget about the people who have no hope, no heaven unless someone tells them about Jesus. They are Jesus' top priority. Are they ours?
It's easy to forget those who are lost or who have wandered away. It's easy to ignore them, condemn them, give up on them unless we're following Jesus - because I know where He's going - to seek and to save the lost. If you're really following Jesus, you'll inevitably end up in a sea of lost people - because He will leave the 99 found just for one of them. Go with Him to find them. Go with Him to bring them back. We cannot leave them behind.
And maybe you're the one who's away from God. You're not sure He would even have you. But the good news is, He went all the way to a cross to pay the price to get you back. And now He's come right to where you are today. You may be listening to my voice on the radio, but that's His voice in your heart - tugging you to give yourself to Him. If you can sense Jesus moving in your heart, inviting you to belong to Him, you may never be this close to Him again. Open your heart to Him. And I hope you'll let me send you my booklet, "Yours For Life." It's all about beginning your personal relationship with Jesus. Just let me know you want it.
Jesus doesn't want to leave anyone behind. Including you. He's come to rescue you - at the cost of His own life. Grab Him - while He's close - while you can.