God and the Sanctity of Life
God is so grand and marvelous it’s absolutely ludicrous to put him in a box or try to shape Him into something that comes from our imagination (Psa. 33:6-9; 139:14). Unfortunately, there are a growing number of people in America who simply don’t know who the God of the Bible is. Some of these individuals are in our families, they share the same neighborhoods as us, and they even work alongside us.
Since they don’t know God, how can they be aware of His moral laws for the world that He created (Gen. 1; Isa. 45:12)? They can’t unless Christians who know the truth show them the way (John 14:6). A misunderstanding of God and His moral law is what moved the Supreme Court in 1973 to make a woman’s right to an abortion federal law. Since this law went into effect, more than 60 million babies have been aborted in this country (1). Now, the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is at the forefront of the conversation again.
The apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear that God is the giver of life, which automatically makes life sacred (Acts 17:25-26). Also, the Bible teaches that life begins in the womb (Psa. 139:13-16; Isa. 44; 49:1; Jer. 1:4-5; Gal. 1:15). Plus, He is the sustainer of life—our lives are dependent on Him (Acts 17:28). These truths are so important for us to cling to, especially as our culture has been grappling with the moral issue of abortion. Since God is the giver of life and life begins in the womb, would He accept the unjustifiable murders of millions of unborn babies? Absolutely not!
In light of this moral issue of elective abortions, Christians must know who God is and be able to explain to others the same. Our views must be based on God’s will for all of mankind and this includes the belief in the sanctity of life. When we know who God is and how precious life is in His sight, we ought to be compelled in our spirit to stand up for His moral law, no matter what.
So, how should Christians respond to conversations in the marketplace centered around abortions, the unjustifiable mass shootings of innocent people (more recently in Uvalde, Texas) as well all other moral issues? We have to 1) understand who God is and what He expects from mankind 2) speak the truth in love to others about who the God of heaven is and 3) make it plain that there is coming a day when everyone will be judged by Jesus and there will not be time to reverse the clock and understand who God is when that day arrives.
When judgment day comes, all who have obeyed God by repenting of their immoral deeds will be justified in his sight (Acts 17:30-31, 1 Cor. 4:4; 2 Cor. 7:10; 2 Pet. 3:9).