THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE REFLECTIONS BRING IMPLICATIONS AND LESSONS. As we have looked at the topic of the sanctity of human life over these few days, though certainly not in the depth to which one should and could go, there are implications and lessons to be learned. The first of these is that human life is sacred regardless of the circumstances and conditions in life. The very first couple on planet earth, Adam & Eve, through their actions have brought death and destruction, tragic circumstances, corrupted conditions on earth, and animosity between the races and nations. Yet in the worse of physical, mental, emotional, or material conditions and circumstances God views mankind as worthy of loving and helping them in their fallen, sinful state. God’s Word says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). It is not up to man to determine the sanctity of human life. The Creator Himself has declared by His Word and His actions that human life is sacred.
A second implication or lesson that we may receive from our reflections on this topic is that we must love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). People face all kinds of problems in life such as birth defects, disabilities,terminal illnesses, and economic and social disadvantages. In many societies of the world these people become outcasts, forgotten or ignored. Jesus is our great example in dealing with life’s great difficulties and needs. He walked among the blind, the lame, the sick and the physical & spiritually needy. He did not take care of everyone but He ministered to those in his reach. And He taught us to do the same. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. We cannot help everyone but we can help some. And those we can help we should help. We should not spend all our time trying to reach & help those who think they have life’s answers when we are surrounded by those who know they have no hope unless God or His people intervene.
A third implication or lesson we may learn from our reflections on the sanctity of life is that we as individual Christians and as Churches must speak out about society’s sins and failures. This may cause us to be the recipients of vocal and physical abuse by those in society who disagree with us and God’s Word. Failure of Christians and God’s Church to stand up, be heard, and take action in the last eighty years helped to lead to the Jewish holocaust, the abortion holocaust, ethnic cleansing and starvation of ethnic groups in many parts of the world, sex-slave trafficking, and an epidemic of drug abuse, pornography and child abuse. As Christians we must speak out against those who are at war with us on the sanctity of human life and this often includes the rich, famous, and politically powerful. Jesus is our example and we must model Him in Word and action in dealing with this issue.
As a conclusion to the implications we should learn from a reflection on the sanctity of life let us remind ourselves of the Apostle Paul’s words to a young preacher named Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all goodness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3 NIV). We need to pray for our President and our Leadership in Congress and in our Executive Branch of government and for those in local governments. We need to remind them and encourage them to adopt policies that will reinforce the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the life of the unborn. Our voice to people, leaders and governments may fall on deaf ears BUT our prayers to God will attain a powerful audience before God’s throne. So let us bring our prayers concerning the sanctity of human life before God often and in fervent concern.