Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Life Is Precious - Martin Wiles

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

A young woman sat silently in a Sunday school class. The teacher carried on dogmatically, unaware of the awful memories he was dredging up in her mind. 

The young lady and her husband were good friends. At the time, I had no idea she had had an abortion. Whether it was “Sanctity of Life Sunday” or just the topic of the Sunday school lesson, I’m not sure, but the teacher scathed those who had had an abortion for any reason. My friend’s was because her life was at stake. She was a very godly woman and at the time was at peace with her decision. Now she wondered whether God had accepted her reasoning. 

Believers and unbelievers alike run the gamut on their views on abortion. According to a recent Gallup poll, for the first time since 2008, Americans who are pro-choice have a significant lead over those who are pro-life. Half of Americans classify themselves pro-choice as compared to only 44% who say they are pro-life. This is the first time since 1995 that pro-choice adherents have outdistanced their opponents by such a significant margin. 

Regardless of what those around him might have thought, the psalmist considered himself in favor of life. Abortion wasn’t a hot button topic then, but he loved life because he knew from Whom it originated. 

In spite of where one falls on the subject of abortion, this much is certain: life is sacred. If life wasn’t holy, God wouldn’t have given the command, “Do not murder” (Exodus 20:13). God is the author of life, and brings it into being for a reason. There are no accidents because God doesn’t make mistakes. 

Life is sacred from the moment of conception. At conception, all the components for a full human being to develop are present. Murder, in whatever form it takes, disregards the value of people who are created in God’s image.  

Life is precious. Rather than stealing life from others—whether by acts of abortion, murder, or murderous acts like gossip, we have the privilege of enriching others’ lives by pointing them to the Savior and the abundant life He offers. When everyone values life as God does, our world will be a much better place. 

What value do you place on life?

Prayer: Father, may we honor the lives You have created.

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