A teenage girl in Omaha was convicted of throwing her newborn baby out of a window to her death last fall. Last Friday, she was sentenced to probation and time spent in a group home.
There is so much wrong with this whole story, it’s difficult to know where to begin.
So let’s start with the fact that she was charged in the baby’s death at all.
Antonia Lopez was 16 when she gave birth prematurely. After giving birth in her apartment, Lopez threw her daughter out of her apartment window. Lopez’s mother tried to revive the baby by CPR but the baby died at a local hospital.
Lopez was initially charged as an adult with child abuse resulting in death, but her case was moved to juvenile court after she confessed guilt.
So the obvious question is: why was she charged in the baby’s death? By all accounts the baby had not yet reached full term, and according to society she would have been well within her rights to kill the baby had she done so earlier in the day and paid a physician to do it for her.
What possible difference could there be between the child in her womb at 4 p.m. on Thursday and the child she delivered Friday morning? What kind of mind-bending cognitive dissonance is required for society to view her child as worthy of her mother’s protection on Friday, when Thursday she was a clump of cells that Lopez had every right to destroy?
The fact that our culture looks at Lopez as somehow worse than the women who #shoutyourabortion on the Internet or walk into abortion clinics across the nation daily is evidence of our collective lunacy.
Further, Lopez’s incredibly light sentence only serves to highlight the societal schizophrenia. I am no lawyer, so I can’t say that she wouldn’t have received the same sentence for killing her mother, for example, or the same baby at two years old, or an elderly neighbor. But it seems unlikely. A quick Google search tells me that other teenagers accused of murder, such as Miqueghele Brown, who is on trial for shooting another teenager, are facing possible life sentences. Fifteen-year-old Sharron Townsend, for example, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was 12.
Whether you think murder should be a capital crime is a topic for a different discussion, but there can be no doubt that Lopez’s sentence does not reflect the reality that she murdered another human being, or that she murdered her own child.
Which leaves us with another question: if Lopez is guilty of murder, why is her crime not being treated as murder? And if it is not murder, why is she being charged at all? Would she be charged with a crime if she cut off her own finger and threw it out the window?
The most insane part of this is that any of this needs to be pointed out. But there is an explanation: the problem is sin.
Our culture has rejected God. He has told us how to live, and what behaviors are in our best interest and the best interest of those around us. But we view His commands as too burdensome and have chosen to worship created things rather than their Creator.
The moral insanity in which we currently find ourselves is the natural result of hundreds of thousands of people living for themselves and pursuing their selfish desires. Everyone demands justice for himself while withholding it from his neighbor. Everyone champions social causes that benefit themselves, while trampling on the oppressed and the needy. People scream that they must have their rights to behave however they like, while coldly denying other humans the right to even live.
We shout that gender roles don’t exist, that men don’t naturally lean toward certain behaviors and women toward others, while simultaneously insisting that some women are actually men and men actually women based on their proclivity to those same behaviors. As a society we have lost the ability to reason and to think critically (or even at all) and instead live in a constant state of moral chaos.
In fact, we’ve gotten to the point where even satire fails (only partly because reading comprehension has declined so drastically that very few can discern it anymore). It’s impossible to satirize a society so disjointed that a mother can be prosecuted for killing her baby if she can see him, but not for doing so ten minutes earlier while he’s still in her womb.
I shudder to think how much worse it will get if we do not turn to God Almighty in repentance and humility. If now is not the time for the people of God to rise up and push back the darkness—to be salt and light in a dark and decaying world—then there never has been and never will be such a time.