“All Life Matters!”
(Especially babies in the womb)
The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Politicians convince people of the most amazing things simply by claiming that whatever it is will be in the interest of our children. I want to affirm the importance of children’s lives, in fact, I want to declare that all lives matter. Also, the importance of human life is not rooted in politics. The issue of life is a moral issue.
If we are serious about the importance of all life, we must address the most dangerous issue of our life. The issue to which I refer is abortion. The staggering fact is that since 1973, more than 62 million babies have been killed through abortion. Further, worldwide, almost 1.2 billion babies have had their lives snuffed out by the evil of 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.
I stand with those who say, “Let’s stop the violence.” Indeed, let’s stop it right now. Stand for the sanctity of human life. All people, especially Christians are accountable to the God of life to speak out against the moral evil of abortion.
God set human life apart 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 value that a society places upon human life represents the overall worth of that society.
The protection of human life is not something upon which we can agree to disagree. It is not simply a political issue. 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 Christians will allow the discussion of human life to center on personal choices rather than moral absolutes. However, 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 schools, crowds, etc. but in the womb.
May the God of life bless your efforts to speak for our children. Pray for the protection of unborn babies and their mothers. Pray that the Lord will cause more of our citizens to see God’s blessing of human life from the womb to the tomb. May He be glorified in all things.