We spend so much of our time protecting our life. We do it through common, everyday activities, and we rarely even give it a second thought. When we’re sick, we seek treatment. We strive to eat well. We wear a seat belt and we don’t drink and drive. We don’t use the hairdryer when we take a bath. We lock our doors at night to keep out potential danger. Why do we do these things? It’s simple, really. The vast majority of us realizes and understands that human life is precious and uniquely special.
We sometimes read stories in the news about some brave soul who went out of their way to protect another’s life. In the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, we heard stories about men who used their bodies to protect their loved ones.
We hear tales from the battlefield in which one of our brave fighting men willingly sacrificed his life to save the lives of his companions.
These stories are special, because they speak not only to the character that humanity can display, but also to the value of a human life.
Human life has value, and we all know it. Yet in our nation, we murder over 3,500 humans each day. I’m not talking about gun violence or drunk driving or robberies gone wrong. No, I’m talking about human sacrifice. Child sacrifice. Abortion.
Try this with your child some day: Show them a 3D, or HD ultrasound picture of a pre-born child and ask them what it’s a picture of. If your kids are anything like mine, they will answer “It’s a baby.” Even our children know what adults pretend (or have been programmed) not to. Adults may very easily dismiss these photos as “blobs of tissue”, or “clumps of cells”, but they lie to the world and themselves when they do so.
These babies, whom our children so easily identify, are being killed in the most brutal ways that humans have ever come up with. Their limbs are torn from their bodies. Their skulls are crushed. They are vacuumed out of what should be the safest place on Earth for a human to be; inside the womb of their mothers.
Our culture averts their eyes.
You pass by on the other side of the road. (Luke 10:25-37)
We intentionally dehumanize them with clever euphemisms so that we’re not compelled to act – to save them. We even pervert language, changing the meaning of the word “fetus” to mean something less than human. Because if they are deemed to be less than human, then they are not to be afforded the value that is naturally seen in all innocent human life.
The “medical professionals” who engage in this practice are hired assassins. They are priests at temples of human sacrifice. The mothers and fathers who send their children to be slaughtered on the altar of “reproductive rights” are murderers. Their willful act of brutality against their pre-born child is nothing less than a declaration of war against almighty God, backed by a culture and unjust laws which reinforce and justify their bloodshed.
We are all guilty in this, if not in action, through inaction and silence. Make no mistake about it, whether or not you personally believe that abortion is right or wrong, you will be judged by the King of Kings for not only what actions you take, but the attitude in your heart.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)
The value inherent in each human is at the very core of our work as abolitionists. Each one of us is created in the image and likeness of God, and is thus endowed with incalculable objective worth. This truth has led to the abolition of slavery. It was at the heart of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It is the same motivator for us today. Rich, poor, black, white, educated, uneducated, healthy, sick, born and pre-born; all human beings have value and their lives should be cherished, not discarded.
“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 (ESV)