|A young coed sat in her public speaking class, pondering their latest assignment. The students were told to prepare a "tribute speech" honoring someone who had been an unconditional support at some time in their lives. Then it came to her. One person had provided hope and love while promising that God would never give up on her. That person was a volunteer counselor at her local pregnancy help center. "She was my angel sent from God," the girl eventually told her class, "If she hadn't been there, I don't know what would have become of me … or my baby."|
Each year, thousands of churches dedicate a Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. We observe it in January to mark the 1973 Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Since those rulings took effect, an average of 4,400 lives are lost daily to abortion in the United States. And as the boundaries for preserving life are removed, the door is left open to acts once considered unspeakable, such as euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
America's disrespect for life is escalating—and not just in slasher films. Over time, that will result in greater threats, not only to the unborn, but to the elderly, handicapped and infirm as well. Who will restore sanity to this debate? Who will be those "angels sent from God" who consider human life precious enough that they volunteer at a local pregnancy center? They are the teens in our homes and youth groups. They will stand in the gap. But only if someone gives them a reason to care. The Bible makes a strong case for the sanctity of all human life, from conception until natural death. Still, if teenagers fail to understand and internalize those truths, fragile pro-life convictions may crumble under the barrage of propaganda young people are sure to encounter in entertainment, the news media and on most college campuses. That's where we come in. We can present God's heart on the subject, straight from the pages of Scripture:
Life is sacred because God made it. It was created by God (Gen. 1:27, Col. 1:16). It is protected by God (Job 10:12, Ps. 91:11). And it is valued by God (Isa. 49:16, Jer. 31:3, John 10:10). Since we are created in His image, we are all image-bearers possessing moral instinct, reason, creativity and inherent worth.
Life is sacred, regardless of its condition. Life isn't always easy, convenient or pain-free. God realizes that, and promises to guide us through trials if we look to Him instead of taking matters into our own hands (1 Pet. 5:7, James. 1:2, John. 16:33). How should we treat people with severe challenges? Jesus showed special concern for blind, lame, leprous individuals—and told His disciples to do likewise (Matt. 25:40).
Life is sacred because it is eternal. Most teenagers don't realize that life exists before we enter this material world (Psalm 139:15-16). There is also life at "new birth" (John 3:3). And since earthly life is a prelude to eternity, it should not be taken lightly (1 John 5:13, John 14:2). After all, despite what many Eastern religions teach, we only go around once (Heb. 9:27).
In God's eyes, we are priceless. All of us. That includes the child with Down syndrome, the senior suffering from Alzheimer's, the unwed mother and the baby growing inside of her. Increasingly, our society calculates human worth by determining whether people are assets or liabilities. A pillar of the community or a drain on the system. That's not for us to decide. Isaiah 55:9 states, "My thoughts are higher than your thoughts, and My ways than your ways." Take time to talk with children—tomorrow's voice of reason—about His ways.
Focus on the Family assists individuals, families and local pregnancy centers in defense of the unborn. To learn how, visit focusonthefamily.com/about_us/pro-life.aspx.
Published January 2000