Monday, August 17, 2015

Life is Sacred

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16

Have you ever seen an apparently healthy driver pull into a parking space marked "Handicapped" at the grocery store? A feeling of indignation rises in your chest, doesn't it? "They shouldn't take advantage that way!" you comment to your companion.
Yet when you, yourself, or someone you know is pregnant with a child that the "experts" say may be less than perfect, you encourage eliminating it. Or when an elderly person has been partially incapacitated by illness, you advocate facilitating his demise.
Why is it that, in the first instance at the grocery store, being disabled engenders a desire to protect, to defend, to stand up for; and in the other two, there's only a desire to get rid of "the problem?"
The unborn, the elderly, the disabled, the terminally ill — if these are only "problems" to us and have no intrinsic value of their own, then we naturally become very lax about conveniently disposing of them at both ends of life's spectrum.
First it was the unborn, via abortion. Francis Schaeffer, that 20th century prophet and intellectual, warned us in the 70s that abortion was the beginning of a slippery slope of denigration of human life that would eventually lead to euthanasia and such things as physician-assisted suicides. People were incredulous then; now we have voted to maintain the availability of that very "option."
People think their answers, their solutions, their viewpoints are at least equal to, if not superior to, God's. We decide which unborn children should be given an opportunity at life. We decide when someone's life is no longer "useful" enough or of sufficient "quality" to be allowed to continue.
Meanwhile, God's heart aches as He sighs, "My thoughts are higher than your thoughts, and My ways than your ways…" Isaiah 55:9.  All human life is sacred.
Life is sacred . . . because God made it
Life was created by God.
·             And God created man in His own image. — Genesis 1:27
·             For in Him all things were created. — Colossians 1:16
Life is protected by God.
·             And Thy care has preserved my spirit. — Job 10:12
·             For He will give His angels charge concerning you. — Psalms 91:11
Life is valued by God.
·             Behold I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. — Isaiah 49:16
·             I have loved you with an everlasting love. — Jeremiah 31:3
·             Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. — Jeremiah 1:5
·             I am come that they might have life and have it to the full. — John 10:10
Have you ever done a piece of needlework, or woodworking, or ceramics for someone special to you? Or for yourself? Or what about an organization, a ministry, a campaign that you founded? You always have a very special place in your heart for that which you had a primary role in creating, don't you? Imagine how God feels when He creates each one of us, and then we are simply "thrown away?" We are all His creation, His masterpiece, every one of us regardless of our differences or imperfections. The God of the Universe loves all equally, the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill and does not value one life over another.  All life is sacred to Him, so it certainly should be to the rest of us.  

Scripture to Claim:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

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