In 2015 watched in horror as we saw numerous mass shootings and over 300 people killed. Following each shooting we heard our country’s leaders and news media call for more gun control. We also heard that we need to look in the lack of mental health care in our country. Another subject that comes up in this conversation is the breakdown of the family. In our country we have decided that men are not important in their children’s lives. An example of this is in our big cities — young men are looking for a father’s influence and example and because of the lack of good male role models, these young men fall prey to the gangs. There has been much conversation about why there is so much violence in our country.
The answer was giving to us at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C on February 3, 1994 by Mother Teresa. She said, “And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
For forty-two years we have said it is legal for mother to abort her baby, no matter the reason. There are rare reasons why and when an abortion maybe necessary. Note, I say rare reasons and maybe necessary. But when abortion is treated like birth control or as a way to take care of an unplanned pregnancy there is something wrong. Part of the problem lies in the lack of morality. We say it is ok to have sex whenever and with whoever we want. The common question is “What does it matter what I do in my own bedroom?” However there are consequences to sin. What I have found out is that most people don’t want to deal with the consequences of their sin. They want to be forgiven and yet not face those consequences.
In the Bible, David was considered a man after God’s own heart and yet he sinned when He had an affair with one of his general’s wife. David had extramarital sex with Bathsheba and suffered the consequence of his sin. Yes, David was forgiven, but for many years David suffered those consequences.
So we have devalued the human life. It’s amazing the little steps that we take in that journey. It is much easier to abort a baby when we call it a fetus. A human life is still a human life no matter what you call it. What is occurring in our country is the natural step of the devaluation of the human life. The mass shootings in our country are an extension of that devaluation of human life. We are reaping what we have sown.
It is time for us to stop the devaluation of human life. We need to realize that human life is sacred. Read these words written by David in Psalm 139:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
I find it absolutely amazing that God created the world and universe simply by speaking it into being, but when it came to human life, He stepped down – formed the clay into a human form and breathed his own breath into us. That is special to me – we were literally created by God. We are special and we are sacred. Human life, all human life is sacred.
So what can we do realize that life is sacred? It’s time to be the light of the world – It’s time to be salt. We need the world to see the light of Christ. So often we are quick to condemn the world instead of showing it the life of Christ. We need to start praying for our country – we need to vote for those who will make positive changes in our country. We need to teach children the value and sanctity of human life. We need to help out and stand together with Christian organizations that help women make good, positive choices.
One of the organizations that we have supported for the last six years here in Augusta County is ComfortCare Women’s Health.
This is the link for those who find themselves in a place where they need counseling with an unexpected pregnancy.
This is the link to support ComfortCare – especially if you live here in Augusta County.
One of the ways that you can help will come later this spring. Dale is planning on running the Stride for Life 5K this year and would love to have your support. If all goes well, I will be power walking the 5K this year as well. We will be putting links up here as soon as they are live.