The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Inhuman is to lack pity, kindness, or mercy. The political “elites” otherwise known as Progressives or Extreme Liberals have lately been issuing the cry of “It’s inhuman!” The issue, of course is the so-called mistreatment of foreign children crossing our southern border. It’s inhuman to cruelly rip these children from there assumed parents.
All manner of personal slander against our President and his family is being levied by those who say that they are really concerned for the treatment of these illegal immigrant children. Politicians can convince people of the most amazing things simply by claiming that whatever it is will be in the interest of children; even to the point of ignoring or breaking the laws of our land.
With all the cries concerning the protection of these foreign children no mention is made of the single biggest action of ripping a child from its mother. Society has “cleaned up” this evil act by giving it a less convicting name. We call this heinous crime abortion, the killing of a baby in the womb. Since 1974, more than 52,000,000 babies have been killed through abortion.
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.
Why do so many Christians speak strongly for the sanctity of human life? Actually, everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus should stand for life. The reason, God is for life. He is the one who set apart human life and sanctified it.
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 sanctity 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 God, our Creator 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 sanctity 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.
It seems to me timely to write concerning the sanctity of life. With such concern for illegal immigrants’ children, it behooves all of those who have any sense of humanity to cry out for the “silent ones”, those in the womb. Whether you are a Christian or not I urge you to speak for those who have no one to speak for them. Speak for the unborn babies. The statistics overwhelmingly demonstrate that the most dangerous place for our children is not in school or crossing our borders but in the womb.
May the God of life protect all children.