Just when the world was new and bursting forth with all manner of life swimming in the sea, flying through the air, and walking on the earth,
Just when God had created man in His own image, out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into him the breath of life,
Just when Adam and Eve had received the command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth for God’s glory and their own good,
Just at that moment, the serpent introduced death into the world with a hideous lie:
Don’t listen to God. It’s your life. Do what you really want to do.
You shall not surely die.
And Adam and Eve believed him.
Thus began the war between life and death that continues to this day. The battle cry echoes all around us.
It is found in the lie that a baby in his mother’s womb is only a lump of tissue to be discarded without consequence and without remorse.
… in the lie that children with Down Syndrome are useless and should not be brought into the world.
… in the lie that after a certain age, people are a drain on society and a burden to their families.
… in the lie that a terminally ill patient has nothing to live for and should be denied treatment that would extend his life.
… in the lie that a person who has fallen into addiction is not worth saving.
… in the lie that someone who is depressed or anxious should be applauded for deciding to end it all.
You know the euphemisms:
Quality of Life
Death with Dignity
You can dress it up with fancy words, but choosing death over life is hatred of God.
It is a rejection of the holy gift of His image in us.
It is a refusal to acknowledge that we belong to our Creator.
It is a denial that the life He has given us has meaning and purpose.
And it is a lie.
But here is the truth: Jesus Christ came that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. In Him is life, and that life is the light of men.
The early Christians openly challenged the pagan culture of death that surrounded them.
They not only rejected the practice of infanticide but also rescued babies who had been abandoned to die. They honored life at all ages and all stages.
They did so because they were following the way of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
May we follow their good examples and choose to cherish and defend God’s gift of life.