Over the past several years the church has celebrated “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” During that time we’ve talked about abortion, euthanasia, suicide, and more. This year we didn’t, for varying reasons, but that doesn’t mean that the issue is dead or unimportant. Recently I’ve talked about the importance of grace when dealing with people that don’t agree with us, and recognizing that there are times, situations, and circumstances that affect people in different ways. Maybe there are reasons that someone doesn’t see things the way we do right now, and we need to be sensitive to them.
I also agree with Solomon, that there is “a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” Sometimes we just need to be seen (doing the right thing) and not heard (saying the right thing, but maybe in the wrong way), in order to win the opportunity to speak truth on social issues. But what truth? Whose truth? What is right? What does the sanctity of life mean? I leave you these Scripture passages to ponder in your heart:
Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Psalm 139:13-16 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Matthew 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”