Monday, October 8, 2012

Safe haven

In church this week we sang Isaac Watts' great hymn version of Psalm 23 that ends "There would I find a settled rest, While others go and come, No more a stranger, nor a guest; But like a child at home." I love that image of the security we will find in God's presence. And then I read, later that day, on Kevin DeYoung's blog, this quotation from John Calvin "commenting on Exodus 21:22-25":
The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being (homo), and it is almost a monstrous crime to rob it of life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.
More Atrocious than Being Killed at Home – Kevin DeYoung