“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
- Psalm 139:13-14
This past Wednesday marked the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion in the
. In its landmark Roe v. Wade decision
on Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court concluded that the 14th Amendment protects
a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. Since Roe v. Wade was passed, more
than 63 million babies have been aborted in the United
States . To put that number
into perspective, 63 million is more than the entire population of United States California, Oregon, , Washington Arizona and … combined. New
That’s a huge number. And that’s a tragic number. Many of us are hoping and praying that someday soon, the Supreme Court will take a stand for the life of the unborn child. But regardless of what the Supreme Court does or doesn’t do, there’s a much bigger issue to consider. You see, as a nation, we have forgotten how precious human life is. In recent decades our culture has been steadily devaluing—cheapening--human life. And many of us in the church haven’t even realized it. We’ve become desensitized to the cheapening of human life.
But from the first chapter of the Bible, God makes it clear that He places great value on life. On the fifth and sixth days of Creation, God created the birds and fish and mammals, then culminated His work with the creation of man. As we read these great verses, you’ll notice a phrase being repeated along the way: “God saw that it was good.” The word “good” comes from the Hebrew word “tob,” which can also be translated as “beautiful.” Bottom line: Every living thing that God created is good and beautiful.
But of all the living things that God created, only human beings were created in the image of God. And in Genesis 2, we discover that man alone is created as a moral being with the ability to choose right or wrong, good or evil. And we learn in that same chapter that man alone is given the privilege of being in a relationship with God. The Bible teaches us these important lessons about the unique sanctity of human life:
1) God creates all life on earth as good and beautiful—but He creates human life as sacred. The word “sacred” means “connected to God and dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.” Every human life is sacred, connected to God in a way that a dog or cat or dolphin’s life couldn’t be. Every human life is dedicated to a religious purpose: to take care of God’s creation and worship Him in a way that His other creations never could—to serve Him and work with Him to expand His Kingdom in a way that no other creature could.
Every human life is sacred. Therefore, all human life deserves to be respected and valued.
2) God creates human life in the womb; therefore, the life of the unborn child is good, beautiful and sacred. Genesis 1 makes it clear that God created human life as good, beautiful and sacred. And in Psalm 139, David makes it clear that God makes that life good, beautiful and sacred from the very beginning—in the mother’s womb. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (vs. 13). Before David was born God was knitting him together, piece by piece, in his mother’s womb. Before David was born he was already “fearfully and wonderfully made.” So, when the word of God tells us that the life in a mother’s womb is “human” life, it clearly indicates that the unborn child is connected to God, dedicated to a religious purpose, and that it should be respected and valued.
3) God has a purpose and plan for our lives before we are born. When it comes to the life of the unborn child, there have been many lies circulating over the past 47 years. We have been told over and over again that a baby in the womb is just “a clump of cells” or “a mass of tissue.” We’ve been told that it’s a “fetus” with human cells, but it is NOT a human being. But if you look at images of a fetus from just a few weeks old, those pictures are worth a thousand words. A tiny baby human looks like a human—because he IS a human, fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together in his mother’s womb. And as God tells Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 makes it clear that God has a plan for our lives before we are born. But, sadly, abortion snuffs out the life of a baby that God is knitting together in a mother’s womb. And abortion snuffs out that human life in an incredibly cruel way.
If you believe God’s word to be true—if you believe that all human life is good, beautiful and sacred—you need to stand up and speak up for life, especially when it’s time to vote. Whether we’re talking about an unborn child or a toddler or a teenager or a homeless man at the offramp or a senior on dialysis … ALL human life is good, beautiful and sacred. And God has called us as His sons and daughters to be caretakers of His most precious creation. We are His ambassadors, commissioned by Him to stand up for, proclaim and defend the sanctity of human life: young and old, born and unborn, male and female, black and white, rich and poor, healthy and sick. All human life is fearfully and wonderfully made by our amazing Creator. And we need to do our part to speak this truth to everyone who will listen.
Dane Davis is the Pastor of Impact Christian Church. Join us for our worship service Sundays at 10 a.m. at the new Dr. Ralph Baker School in Victorville. For more information, visit www.GreaterImpact.cc.