24 Jan ____ Lives Matter
Every human being, including you, is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 5:5, James 3:9, Psalm 8:3-6) This means that from the beginning, YOU are a carrier of God’s image, which makes your life valuable from the start, and you remain valuable throughout eternity.
Your life is important! In recent years, our culture has brought great awareness to the reality that all human lives are important. Just take a few minutes to scroll through the #BLM, #metoo, and even #MuslimLivesMatter hashtags and you’ll see how serious our culture is about the sanctity of human lives.
When black lives are lost at the hands of law enforcement, we weep. We investigate. We march. We remember. We protest. We give much concern, energy and effort to protect black lives because we CARE. I’m heartbroken when we lose a black life, regardless of the circumstances, because I don’t believe people deserve to die, ever. Nobody deserves to die, especially those who have more melanin in their skin.
When blue lives, first responders, or military men and women are lost in the heat of battle, in the line of duty, We weep. We read, we pray, we are concerned. Personally, I’m scared for my cop friends and my family members in uniform. It’s dangerous out there. When a cop dies, we rally in support. We start a GOFUNDME and we do events in their honor. Why? Because nobody deserves to die, especially those who are here to serve and protect.
There was a shooting that claimed Muslim lives in Chapel Hill a few years back, and it pissed me off. As I became more aware of the hate and rhetoric toward Muslim lives in America, I began to even realize some of my own unfair stereotypes and prejudice toward muslims. God convicted me and changed my heart toward other religions and people of all nations. Why? Because all LIFE is important. Every PERSON matters in the eyes of God. Nobody deserves to die, especially those who have an Islamic faith.
When a woman is assaulted, abused, objectified, or treated as less than…I’m offended! It’s not fair that our society is structured in a way that makes it acceptable to treat women as any less important than men. If my wife, my mom, my sisters, or my daughter gets stalked, or even when they get those uncomfortable stares from creepers at department stores, I get antsy. I want to protect and defend. One time I saw a man getting rough with a woman in a parking lot, I walked directly toward them and confronted the man. Why? Because all women deserve honor, respect, and dignity. All lives are sacred, they matter, and we should rally FOR LIFE.
This brings me to the subject at hand…the cultural paradox before us. It’s baffling to see people standing and rallying and marching in the street FOR “____ lives matter” yet at the same time we are voting and legislating laws that eliminate millions of lives every year.
I know the arguments about protecting women’s health and reproductive freedom. I know that many people don’t consider the unborn to be humans with rights. I know that many of us value our feelings and our political opinions MORE than the views of God or the instructions of scripture.
However, for those who consider themselves Christians and for those who truly believe ALL LIVES MATTER, I will offer some Biblical thoughts regarding the unborn.
First, unborn babies are…BABIES.
This past Christmas, as I was reading the Christmas story, I couldn’t ignore the writings of Luke, a medical doctor, who referred to an unborn baby as a…BABY. In Luke 1:44, Elizabeth says to Mary “when I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.” He didn’t call it a fetus, or some other word, he called it a baby. He used the exact same word in Luke 1:44 as he did in Luke 2:16 when he referred to Jesus “They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.” In the original greek language of the text, Doctor Luke referenced both the unborn child and the newborn child with the same word…BABY. They are one in the same.
Last night I was feeling my baby boy kick and squirm. My wife is just finishing her second trimester and it is so special to see the little guy moving and responding to sounds, light, etc. In fact, by the time my wife and I learned we were pregnant at 8 weeks, our baby already had all its organs, a working brain, a blood pumping heart, his liver and kidneys were functioning, and he already had fingerprints. This was before he was EIGHT WEEKS old! Wow. This little life matters. Sadly, many abortions happen AFTER 8 weeks. And it’s usually not because of medical complications, it’s simply because the person doesn’t want the baby or the baby is an inconvenience.
Second, unborn babies are….God’s workmanship.
Psalm 139 says “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.”
Unborn children are complex creations of God. The womb is a sacred place. It is not our place to disrupt, or eliminate a life that God is knitting together.
Lastly, an unborn baby is A LIFE.
The unborn life is a sacred life. Unborn babies are living and deserve to continue living. These little lives matter as much as black lives, muslim lives, blue lives, women lives, and any lives. They are important to God and loved by God! And as followers of Jesus, we should stand up for unborn lives just as much as we stand up for ALL LIVES.
Why? Because nobody deserves to die. Especially a defenseless, unborn baby.