My son recently suggested I listen to a sermon by Matt Chandler from the Village Church. This is a free app that can be downloaded on your I-phone or I-pad. The sermon was on the “sanctity of life” which is a pretty unpopular topic in our culture today. It’s something I’ve avoided taking a stand on much of my life. I am typically a people pleaser. I don’t necessarily want to rock the boat with political, moral or social issues. My dad taught us to never talk about politics, religion or sex. That doesn’t work so well when you work at a Resource Pregnancy Center.
Did you know that all 50 states have laws protecting animals from human beings? In Jackson we LOVE animals. Everyone has at least 1 or 2 dogs, my family included. All you have to do is take a walk up Cache Creek or on the dike and you’ll see that this is true. At times we treat our animals better than we treat people. According to the Bible man is not equal to the whales, sea turtles or dogs. Man alone is created in the image of God and man alone has been given authority over creation. Chandler says a lion is not in a moral quandary when he kills another animal. It is led by instinct alone. Animals have no moral or spiritual compass. We, on the other hand, have regrets and wrestle about what is right or wrong. The question then comes up – when does life begin? When does the soul enter a man or woman? According to the Bible it begins at conception. Did you know that at 8 weeks a baby can suck its thumb, respond to sound and recoil from pain. All the major organs are functioning, the heart is pumping and the kidneys are working? At this age a baby has fingerprints and has his or her own DNA. The sonogram – which was not available during Roe vs. Wade, has made this information available.
Listening to this sermon convicted me. The word that most convicted me was “indifferent.” We are indifferent to the social issue of abortion. For years I was indifferent. We are no less indifferent than our forefathers were to the treatment of Jews by the Nazis or the treatment of slaves. Since 1974, 54 million babies have been aborted. 38 states have fetal homicide laws. This means if a woman is driving her car to have an abortion and she is hit by another car and the baby is killed the person who hit her can be convicted of homicide and involuntary manslaughter. However, if she doesn’t get hit she can continue on her way and have a legal abortion. It doesn’t quite make sense. Chandler suggests that our conscience is seared.
So what do we do? It does no good to shake our fist and condemn. What does work is to care about others – to let light in the darkness. None of us is without sin in our lives. The good news is that we are forgiven when we believe that Jesus died for our sins. There is no sin more powerful than the cross of Jesus. That is a huge praise. We need to repent of our indifference, pray and get off the sideline and get involved. This may not be popular with the secular world but as Chandler says our call is to the least of these. Who is more least than the oppressed and suffering unborn?
We in the church should be known as people who love women and reach out to help those in trouble. We can do this by caring about those in need, volunteering and opening our checkbooks for the salvation of others and the protection of lives.
Mt. 25:40 Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
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