Just when the world was new and teeming 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 been given 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:
Go ahead and do whatever you want to do. It’s your life.
You shall not surely die.
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 a person of advanced years is a drain on society and a burden to his family.
… 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 announcing a decision to end it all.
You’ve heard the euphemisms:
Death with dignity
Dress it up with fancy words and call it what you will. It is a choice of death over life.
It is a rejection of the image of God in man.
It is a refusal to acknowledge that we belong to our Creator.
It is a denial that the life God 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 were known for challenging 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 protect and defend the gift of life.