Bishop Timothy Whitaker is a welcome and timely voice in United Methodism. His latest commentary on abortion is one more fine example of his insight and wisdom.
Here is a two paragraph quote to whet your appetite:
Often we rationalize our avoidance of this subject by pointing out that there are other moral issues to consider besides abortion: the threat of the modern way of life to the natural world, the continuing existence of stockpiles of nuclear weapons, the human misery of global poverty and disease, and a system of global economics tilted against under-developed nations. All of these other issues must be addressed as profound moral concerns and urgent practical problems. Yet their rightful demand for our attention is no excuse for failing to be concerned about abortion. We are capable of dealing with more than one, or several, moral concerns at the same time.
Also, we often hear the truism that it is foolish to become obsessed with a single issue, such as abortion. Of course, it is a mistake to single out one moral concern to the practical exclusion of others in our daily discourse, ethical reflection and political attention. Nevertheless, the fact that a few would be so foolish is no excuse for the rest of us avoiding being engaged in an issue. The narrowness of others who are obsessed with abortion is no excuse for the rest of us to narrow the scope of our own moral attention by excluding abortion from our view.
Bishop Whitaker's entire editorial can be read here.