By Scott Tibbs, January 12, 2014
A couple questions have been asked of me (one seriously, and one not) after my last letter to the editor. I will answer both of them here, in a serious way.
What happens to babies who die in the womb or in infancy?
I don't know.
I am not trying to be flippant here. Scripture is not clear on what happens to all children who die at a very young age. (Some Christians believe in an "age of accountability" but I do not see any evidence for that in Scripture.) We do know that King David had the hope that he would see his son again after the baby died, so Christians can hope that we will see our covenant children again in Heaven.
Do you have funerals after miscarriages?
I am going to call a spade a spade here. This is a troll "question" that is almost never serious or genuine. It is often "asked" repeatedly even after the troll has already gotten an answer, so it is little more than public masturbation. While I will answer it seriously for this blog, we should not forget what this "question" really is.
The premise behind this so-called "question" is it is a way to expose "hypocrisy" of abortion opponents if the answer is no. (Like I said, the so-called "question" is public masturbation.) The premise is believed only by the most dim-witted people who do not understand the meaning of the word hypocrisy. When someone publicly opposes abortion and then privately has an abortion, encourages an abortion or pays for an abortion, that is an example of hypocrisy. It is not "hypocrisy" for a family to choose how they want to grieve.
With that said, I support whatever a family wants to do in their grieving process. If they want to have a have a graveside service, or a full funeral, the family's wishes are paramount here. I do not judge any family for how they choose to grieve in a time of tragic loss. There is no Biblical requirement for anyone to grieve in a specific manner. We should respect the family's wishes and their privacy in a time of loss and leave politics out of it.