10 May

I remember back when I was just a toddler running around in the fields. In those days a life was worth more than it is today. Today, it seems life is expendable and watching the news we hear just about everyday that someone has either been killed or killed someone. The media pushes a lot about police killing unarmed men and today it was broadcast that two police officers were shot and killed in a routine traffic stop. When are we going to wake up and realize all this waste of life is eventually going to kill this Country?

When did we all decide that the sanctity of life has no value? Who are we to decide that life is expendable? During my time in Vietnam I fought for my life and Country. I killed many of the enemy and watched many of my comrades die. I still live with those days and the horror of death and those I killed through nightmares.

The sanctity of life means we are all created in Gods image through His love. He gave us life and for the most part gave everything else we have. I know there are those who don’t believe in God, and feel everything they have, they earned. I am not going to debate whether God exists or not, in my life He does.

While a sanctity of human life ethic may be disparaged by the world, it is God’s view. His Word is clear: human life at all ages and stages is precious.

While the culture in which we live appears to favor a perspective that regards humans as enhanced primates, as Christians we serve a God who tells us clearly in His Word that we are made in His image. Likening God to a potter, a vocation that was common in those days, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “We are all the work of His hands” (Isaiah 64:8).

When it becomes easier to claim self defense or to take a life just because of hate, then we have to look at ourselves and ask why do we have so much disrespect for life? For that matter why is there so much disrespect for people in general?

When I was growing up we were taught to respect our elders, teachers, the police and fire officers and just about everyone we came across. I don’t see that in our youth and young adults today. Is it because of poor parenting or peer pressure? I often wonder. But I can say for sure it is not good for relations in this country and just may be one of the reasons we are seeing so many homicides today.

We are God’s creatures and we are all brothers and sisters to each other. We need to remember this everyday of our lives.

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed. :Robert H. Schuller

Walk daily with God at your side!



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