Psalm 127:3 says that life is a gift from the Lord. We see in Genesis that God created life. I certainly believe that is true because for all of their efforts over the centuries scientists have never been able to bring life out of lifeless material. Life is truly a miracle of God.
We often hear people refer to our nation as striving to be a culture of life. Yet if you follow the news, you’d think we are pursuing a culture of death. Everywhere you turn you encounter reports of gang shootings, mass shootings, domestic violence, and violent acts due to religious and political views. Violence seems to be everywhere.
Last year over 2.6 million people died in the U.S. Of those deaths John Hopkins researchers estimate about 250,000 were due to medical mistakes (BMJ May 3, 2016), 137,000 died of accidents, while 45,000 people committed suicide, and nearly 20,000 were murdered. That means over 450,000 deaths were caused by accident or on purpose in our nation last year. Of course that combined number falls well behind the 600,000 plus deaths due to heart disease alone, but it is still an unacceptable number of lost lives.
Considering the total number of lives lost due to someone else causing over 405,000 of those deaths, that might cause someone to ask, “Since almost ten times as many deaths were caused by someone else, why is there such a focus today about suicide, which accounts for less than 2 percent of U.S. deaths?” In the current mindset of “Do what you want to yourself,” they might ask why we should even care if someone wants to end their own life?
Although I really can imagine many people asking such questions, the answer is very simple: We must care because life is precious. In fact, it is irreplaceable.
Sadly, no matter how hard we try, we cannot save everyone, but considering the precious and irreplaceable nature of life, shouldn’t we do whatever we can to save lives?
There is no question that we must do all we can to save lives. In Proverbs 24:11 it says “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” ESV
Whether it is someone who wants to end their own life, or is intentionally or unintentionally bringing someone’s life to an end, God calls us to at least attempt to rescue them. God calls us to care and to act. And I can give you over 450,000 reasons from last year that calls us to action.
I know beyond question that the vast majority of Americans would agree with me on this, so my question is, “Why are last year’s almost 1 million aborted children not of the same concern to us? Why is abortion the exception to the rule?”
God makes it clear that He is the Author of Life. The Bible makes it clear that God doesn’t authorize the ending of an innocent life. Yet we turn a blind eye to an unconscionable tragedy in our nation. Over the last 46 years we have allowed over 60 million children to be aborted in the name of law and justice.
The number of deaths of Americans since its founding due to all military actions, murder, and suicide over the last 244 years do not equal even 25 percent of all the child lost in our nation in just the last 46 years due to abortion. How can that happen in a nation that claims to embrace a culture of life? How can we allow it to continue if life is so precious?
Many of you may be aware of the Supreme Court decision in 1858 regarding a slave named Dred Scott. Dred Scott sued in court for his freedom, and the case went up to the Supreme Court where he lost. But one of the deplorable views that emerged out of that ruling that was supported by seven of the nine justices was that a slave was property, and that an owner could do what he wanted with his property.
That attitude rightfully enraged the population of our nation back then, and was a contributing factor that led to the end of slavery in this nation. Praise God for that!
I bring this up because one of the outrageous factors in the Roe vs. Wade decision was that the unborn child is property, and that a woman can do what she wants with her property. Where is the outrage today in our supposedly enlightened society regarding such a wretched view of human life?
In 38 states if you kill the unborn of a woman you are charged with a homicide. How can we continue to consider it murder if you kill a woman’s unborn child, but consider it just a simple and safe procedure if a woman kills her own child?
Consider this: If a woman is driving to have an abortion and a drunk driver hits her car and causes her unborn to die, he is charged with vehicular homicide. But if she arrives at the clinic unharmed she can freely end that child’s life.
God says that we must rescue those who are being taken away to death. A child being taken to an abortion clinic qualifies as one who needs to be rescued. When will our nation begin to listen to the Word of God? When will we begin to act with concern and compassion toward the unborn?
Jon McCartney is pastor of First Baptist Church of Tooele.