Yesterday, women marched. They marched for many reasons (some of which I agree with and some which I don’t). One of those reasons was because women deserve to be treated with love, respect, and as equals; I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. Women didn’t march alone yesterday; the pictures I saw showed men and children marching alongside them in support.
This week, many more men, women and children will march. They will march for a fairly singular reason: to stand in support of life. Make no mistake; abortion is the political and moral powder-keg that prompts these January marches every year. But there is so much more to life than this.
Here’s the statement our church has adopted concerning life; I think it’s worth a read:
“We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are called to defend, protect and value all human life (Psalm 139). The sanctity of life should motivate us to combat all forms of evil and injustice that are perpetuated against human life. Violence, abuse, oppression, human trafficking, and many other evils are also violations of the sanctity of life. In all these ways, the church must affirm the value for all those God has created and whom Christ has redeemed.”
There is something inconsistent when we stand against one form of evil and injustice but refuse to stand against another – or better said – when we stand for one form of life and justice but refuse to stand for another.
How do we stand for and celebrate life? How do we value the unborn, and also the man waiting to die alone in a “care facility” that reeks of urine? How do we celebrate the accomplishments of humanity, while also celebrating the simple joys (and faith) of the special needs community? How do we “make America great,” while also continuing the ongoing eradication of hunger throughout the impoverished world?
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil…Therefore choose life…” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19).
We all have a choice.
- Life or death
- Curse or blessing
- Serving God or something/someone else
God calls us to “choose life,” not only so that we would experience abundant life, but because we are supposed to be well-equipped to offer that life to others.
This doesn’t happen through hate; it takes love. It doesn’t happen through arrogance; it happens through humble service. This view of life doesn’t come from a government; it is authored by God Himself.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.