Does all life really matter? How is life viewed in God’s eyes? What about the unborn, the poor, the immigrant, the elderly, and the disabled
I am a Man—1968, Memphis Tenn. This phrase has historically been a rallying cry against oppression for minorities. These sanitation workers were decrying that many considered them, because of their race, less than human.
The Elephant Man declares, "I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I ... am ... a ... man!" Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890 (27). 1980 movie
Genesis 1:26-27 (HCSB)
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.
We are told in Genesis 2:7 that while the rest of creation was spoken
into existence, human beings were sculpted by God and given the breath
of life. As Psalm 139 tells us “God knit us together in our mother’s womb—and we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
During the 6 days of creation God saw what He made, and it was good. But it is only after God created human beings did God say His creation was very good. We are like God in ways that nothing else in creation can be. We are capable of a conscious relationship with God—of fellowship with Him. We reflect the nature of God—we can think, reason, love, will, act. We know right from wrong; we can reflect God’s holiness in nature and righteousness in action. In our whole being we reflect that glory of God who made us.—Pastor William Smith
According to the website BabyCenter, a 9-week-old, unborn baby’s heart has finished dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form—so do tiny teeth. The baby’s eyes are fully formed, and he has tiny earlobes. His basic physiology is in place, though he is still very tiny: “Your baby is about the size of a grape.”
Genesis 9:5-6 (HCSB)
5 I will require the life of every animal and every man for your life and your blood. I will require the life of each man’s brother for a man’s life.
6 Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in His image.--What is the context?
A violent act against a victim is a violent act against God Himself. “Human life has value, not because of a perceived value or contribution to society but because each human life has been stamped with God’s image, no matter how distorted it may be.”—GP. It’s not about what I think! I am not God! We must be driven by a biblical ethic, not a situational ethic. The unborn is not simply a clot if tissue to be washed down the drain.
What about the 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof joined a prayer meeting inside Emanuel AME Church, an historic black church, and then fatally shot nine of the twelve people in attendance. Roof sat through the Wednesday night meeting for nearly an hour before killing six women and three men, including the pastor.
John 8:31-32 (HCSB)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Humans are created in the image of God (think mirror). Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, is the image of God (think same substance).
Read 2 Cor. 4:1-6.
I opened the paper chart, saw the positive pregnancy test, gritted my teeth, and breathed a silent prayer as I opened the door to exam room 2. I was immediately aware of the suffocating atmosphere in the room, where my patient, a lovely blonde with striking blue eyes, was perched on the table.
A high school cheerleader, church youth leader, and academic leader in her school, she had already been accepted at several colleges with multiple scholarships. She sat nervously, looking more like the 5-year-old girl who used to sit there in her patent leather shoes, bobby socks and ponytail, waiting for her dreaded immunization. Her mother sat rigidly in a chair between the door and the lavatory, not saying a word, staring at the floor. With difficulty, I reported, "Your pregnancy test is positive."
She and I wept together as her mother sat beside her, stone-faced, offering no solace. Slowly, I began to encourage her by saying, "You know, this changes dramatically the direction of your life, but it doesn't ruin your life, because God is a sovereign God who will give you grace. You will be a good mother. You will raise this child to be a God-fearing child of the King."
When I finished, her mother, who'd had all she could take, exploded. She declared emphatically, "She is not going to have this child! Tomorrow we are going to the abortion clinic, where she will abort this child."
The daughter began to weep. I pleaded, "Mama, you can't do that! It would violate all of your deepest personal convictions."
Without another word, the mother stormed out of the exam room. I looked at this precious young girl and said, "You need to go home with your mama." I encouraged her to also appeal to her daddy. I knew the family well. Her father and mother were leaders in the church.
Years later, she returned to the exact same room with her 17-year-old son for his sports physical. It happened to be his birthday. He was 6-foot-2, big and strapping, even at his age.
His mama did not go to medical school, nor did her academic dreams come true. However, I could tell she was extremely proud of her son. After I examined him, she came back into the room, looked at me with tears in her eyes, and asked, "Dr. Jackson, do you remember ..." whereupon we both began to weep. I immediately recalled the titanic spiritual battle that took place in that room for the life of her now-teenage son.
"Dr. Jackson, thank you," she said. "Thank you for helping me stand up to my mama, and thank you for helping me do what was right. All of my dreams did not come true, but my dream of being a mama one day -- that did come true. I am so proud of my boy! And I'll tell you one other thing: His grandmother loves him to death!"
Dr. Bruce Beck
Bruce is a graduate of Clayton College State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Marketing.