In this nation, is all human life treated as sacred, or is it regarded as disposable? This question may be most easily answered by considering how we treat the most vulnerable among us.
In America today, nearly 20 percent of pregnancies end in abortion. If the unborn child is diagnosed with Down syndrome, the estimated number is closer to 70 percent. All in all, the so-called "right to choose" has been our societal justification for killing more than 61 million babies. Among other horrors, these precious souls have had their brains, heart, and other organs harvested and sold on the black market by groups such as Planned Parenthood. Their bodies have been kept as trophies by abortionists like Dr. Ulrich Klopfer.
But the unborn aren't the only innocents targeted. Multiple states have legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide, thereby permitting the elderly, the sick, or the mentally ill to end their lives, often aided by the very medical professionals sworn to protect them. Other countries offer a glimpse of what's to come in this new frontier. In 2017 alone, more than 6,500 Dutch people were euthanized. That number includes 83 mentally ill patients. In Canada, the University of Calgary shockingly publicized the financial benefits of euthanasia. Researchers there concluded that once euthanasia reached the level of Belgium and the Netherlands, Canada's health system could cut costs of up to $139 million every year.
Does this sound like a society that unquestionably values human life? Verbal gymnastics aside, abortion is not "health care," it is the premeditated taking of a life. And euthanasia is not an act of compassion, but rather one of calculated cruelty. So how do we respond?
You might be tempted to shrug and say, "That's the world we live in." Perhaps you mourn this tragic disregard for life, but feel helpless to do anything about it. Or maybe you have repeatedly and forcefully condemned this darkness, but don't know how to also shine a light on the truth that all life is precious in the eyes of God.
It starts in the home. We need to teach our children that they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and that they are deeply loved by God (Romans 5:8). They also need to be taught to see others in the same way (Mark 12:30-31). But what starts in the home must not end there. Our children also need to understand—and see in practice—that their Creator has a plan for them (Ephesians 2:10), just as He has a plan for you. We are ambassadors of Christ and messengers of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18-20), which offers good news, a story of redemption and a message of reconciliation. That good news must be brought to bear in every corner of life, even those parts that may be branded "secular" or "political."
The Bible offers a message of hope about our inherent value as humans, from our mother's womb all the way to natural death. We cannot in good conscience keep this good news hidden. It's true that in our society today, simply sharing Scripture can provoke a charge of "hate speech." But we stand for Jesus Christ and the Word of God not because it is popular, but because we have pledged our lives to Him. As those entrusted with "the message of reconciliation," we must not only walk in a way that is counter-cultural, we must also seek to lovingly persuade others to turn and come with us.