The undertaker playing God
By Leonard Alfonso (Father) | Thu, August 23, 2012 - 12:01 AM()
“The only wisdom we can hope to acquire,” warns T. S. Eliot, “is the wisdom of humility! Humility is endless.”
When an undertaker foolishly presumes to contradict God and propose the killing of unborn Bajan children, simply because their mothers are teenagers, we realize that like Herod he would have condemned the very Son of God to death because His mother was a poor teenager from Nazareth. How arrogant! How benighted!
Our undertaker even goes so far as to speak of “the backwardness and immaturity” of Caribbean people who love their children and courageously opt for life in all circumstances; people like the late Sir Ellis Clarke, I suppose. He was not only an ardent pro-lifer but a superior intellect, the architect of the constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Is it possible that people who make their living from the death of others never stop to think that their own rendezvous with death is relatively imminent and inevitable? The psalmist prays: “Make me know, Lord, the shortness of my life that I may gain wisdom of heart!”
It’s a prayer I use often because I would hate to face my Maker with the blood of even one innocent on my hands.
To put myself in the place of the unborn, if my father raped my teenage mother and I was conceived, why should I have to pay with my life for the lust of a wicked father? My right to life comes from the God who let me be conceived! Not from the state! Certainly not from my father! Not even from my mother!
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