There’s a story out there, a very common story. It goes something like this:
I did what I wanted, how I wanted, to whom I wanted, because I wanted to do it — or at least felt I needed to. How it affects others is their business, not mine.
The documentary, “It’s a Girl,” details the consequences of this mindset, particularly in India and China.
But the consequences of the Radical Self mindset — that I can and should do whatever I want, to whomever I want — span all over the globe. And it requires some stopping and gazing intently at those consequences to confront the atrocities committed in the name of the Radical Self — atrocities like ending the life of a human being because she happens to be a girl. News out of the UK yesterday that so-called civilized people are burning fetal remains (girls and boys) to heat buildings chronicles what is simply one of the next logical steps in this Nazi-esque storyline:
- Woman gets pregnant.
- Value of the person inside her is arbitrary.
- Woman finds out baby is a girl.
- Woman doesn’t want a girl.
- Girl is killed in the name of choice.
- Like girls’ life, value of her remains is arbitrary.
- Girl’s body is burned for fuel.
The logic of atrocities is easy. What’s difficult is figuring out how to tell a compelling counter-story, and doing it well.
It is the job of all Christians to tell that alternative, better story with their very lives. We cannot just go about living our lives for ourselves when the devil is writing his dark story all over the pages of humanity and destroying millions of lives in the process. We have the better story. We are trying very hard to tell it to the world.