Thursday, January 26, 2017

Endangered Species

Submitted by Lara Cook
If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. Mark 3:25
This month is Sanctity of Human Life month when we acknowledge our belief that all human life is sacred.  A couple of days ago I realized how SOHL has changed so much, and a lot of those changes have transpired over the last couple of years.  We have evolved from Sanctity of Life meaning a stand against abortion, then add Euthanasia and now to our present day challenges of including religion, cultural differences, human trafficking, gender issues, and the list could go on.
Human lives are truly an endangered species because we are destroying ourselves from within.  America has become sick with a horrible cancer and it is eating us up from the inside out.  We are turned upside down where right is wrong, and good is bad.  Respect for others is almost non-existent as people cry out against one another for any reason they can come up with.  As we focus on the Sanctity of Human Life, we, as Christians, must remember that all life is sacred in God’s eyes.  That doesn’t mean that we condone the horrible hate crimes and police killings, terrorism, and intolerance.  It simply means that when we look at someone who is a part of these heinous acts, we have to remember that God created them and we should value all life that He created.  If it is valuable to God, then it should be valuable to us.  It is about separating the behavior from the life.  We can value life without valuing what those lives stand for.  After all, it is an age old belief of Christians to love the sinner, not the sin, or at the very least represent Christ and the Church in a positive way to all people.
God is the one and only hope for our country.  It has become evident that even the election of a conservative President, that seems to value Christian beliefs, is not going to be able to turn this country around, fix what is wrong, or even Make America Great Again, because there are those among us who are going to do everything in their power to see that it does not happen.  Sadly, it is a heart issue and no amount of earthly power will help.  Like a parent with an out-of-control toddler, once you have given an inch, they take the mile and then some, and getting it back under control seems impossible.  We are an endangered species - in danger of ourselves and totally destroying what we all work so hard to have.  May God be with us and have His hand on us through this turmoil.  May we turn the corner of hatred and self-destruction in this country, turning back to Him, remembering why this country was established in the first place.  So for the Sanctity of Human Life month, I hope that we can remember that all life is Sacred because God created every life. 

Scripture to Claim:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Matthew 5:9

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