January has been designated as “Sanctity of Human Life Month.” I believe it is necessary to hold the fact that God has sanctified human life before us. It is especially necessary for the Church that calls herself “Christian” to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves! These unborn babies present an opportunity for the Church to declare the truth of the sovereignty of God over human life. He has authority to give life and to take it away.
Politicians regularly cry to protect children to demonstrate their compassion. They frequently use the term “gun violence” when an atrocity occurs, and children are involved. Yet, they conveniently make no mention of the largest loss of children’s lives. The staggering fact is that since 1973, more than 62 million babies have been killed through abortion in our Nation and 1.7 billion world-wide. In this day of so-called scientific enlightenment, denying that the life of a human being begins at conception would seem to any reasonable person to be unbelievable.
In the interest of our children, I stand with those who say, “Let’s stop the violence.” Indeed, let’s stop the violence right now and stand for the sanctity of human life. Christians are accountable to the God of life to speak out against the evil of abortion.
Why do so many Christians speak strongly for the sanctity of human life? The reason is that God is for life. The truth is, He sanctified human life.
Since, the mid Seventies, the “Progressives” have given government the authority to remove the right to life given by our Creator. As Francis Schaeffer wrote in 1981, “The dignity of human life is not some peripheral issue,” The Christian Manifesto.
The protection of human life is not something upon which we can agree to disagree. The dignity of human life is an absolute! The right to live is given by God who is the source of life. He breathed into Man the breath of life. (Genesis 2:7) Human life is sacred because the Creator God made it so.
Secular Humanism has clouded the mind of our culture. In a culture where there are no absolutes, men make decisions based upon personal preference. Our culture is governed by moral relativism. Everything is considered relative. There are no absolutes except that there are no absolutes. Yet, the dignity of human life is an absolute.
Our very own Declaration of Independence stated clearly both the source of life and its inherent value. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Founders of our country declared that the source of life was God and that life is an undeniable right given by Him, therefore an absolute.
Further, when God gave the Law through Moses to His people, He included a commandment against murder. (Exodus 20:13) The word translated kill or murder in the 6th Commandment is understood to mean the unlawful taking of life. Only God can authorize the taking of life. God’s highest consequence for the taking of life is the life of the one who took it.
The 6th Commandment is not only a prohibition for Man, but it reveals the character of God, as do all the Commandments. That is, God is for life not death. Jesus said that God is the God of the living. (Matthew 22:32) Jesus also said that He is the life. (John 14:6)
God has called His people to be light in this dark world. Christians are to stand for the truth, not only in the circle of believers, but also wherever God has placed them. My concern is that so-called Liberal Christianity has joined the culture and allowed the discussion to be based upon the spurious issue of “reproductive rights” or a woman’s right to choose rather than the fundamental issue of human life. Whether you are a Christian or not I urge you to speak for those who have no one to speak for them. The statistics demonstrate that the most dangerous place for our children is in the womb!
Abortion not only sacrifices our children but scars our Nation and harms physically and emotionally every woman it touches. Yet the God whom we worship is merciful. There is forgiveness and healing in Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Lou Tiscione is the pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church.