Stand for Life!”
The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
We continue to hear some of the most astounding things from politicians. Great concern, rightly so, is expressed over the plight of children being used as pawns to cross our Southern border. It is right that there is concern and compassion for the health and safety of the most vulnerable members of the world. But there is a great hypocrisy! Many of our civil leaders’ express concern for the children of people seeking to enter our country illegally. Yet, there is a segment of not only our country but of the world that is forgotten, not defended and for whom there is no expressed compassion. I’m referring to unborn babies, those human beings still in their mother’s womb.
The World Health Organization recently reported that the greatest cause of human death in the world was abortion. They reported that more than 40 million babies were killed world-wide in 2018 by abortion. Further, the staggering fact in our country is that since 1974, 60+ million 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 be to any reasonable person that which is unbelievable.
In the interest of our children, I stand with those who say, “Stand for Life”! Christians are accountable to the God of life to speak out against the evil of abortion and take a stand for life.
Why should the Christian Church stand for the sanctity of human life? The answer is clear and simple. God is for life. He 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 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 authority over life.
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. I have written on the sanctity of human life for two reasons. The third Sunday of January is designated as “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” and because of foreign children placed at risk during attempts of illegal border crossings.
I urge professing Christians to remember those who can’t defend themselves, the unborn. We are blessed to live in a country where we can legally speak for the unborn. The statistics overwhelmingly demonstrate that the most dangerous place for our children is in the womb. Therefore, speak up; stand for life!