Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13
Life is valuable. Each person has worth.
The men who drafted the Declaration of Independence believed that we were guaranteed the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness : “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
They said in their time, that these truths were self-evident.
Why is our generation so complacent about the value of life? Many think it is a burden to have an unplanned child. They think it is a burden to care for the elderly. In our country, the USA, we have become a self-indulgent nation. Are we willing to give up jobs, financial wealth, our time, our own lives for the needs of others?
The church used to be a place that would help meet the needs of people, their physical, mental, and spiritual ones. At one time, it was the church that set up hospitals to care for the sick and elderly. The church set up schools to educate children. Before names of many of the hospitals, schools, and nursing homes changed, they were named after Saints, like St. John, St. Luke’s, St. Peter’s, or after religious ideas, like Sacred Heart, Deaconess, Holy Family, etc. Remnants of what the church once did still remains.
Even today, there is a great need to be God’s hands and feet to the many lives that need liberation from a sin-sick world. People still crave liberation from pain and suffering, traumatic childhood events, broken marriages, and more. The biggest liberation is the freedom that comes from Christ. After our sins are exposed, and we are enslaved by grief, shame, sorrow, we need a Savior, a friend closer than a brother. We need someone to point the way towards redemption.
Life is in our blood. The first human breath was breathed into Adam by God, Himself. God says man is made in His image.
Jesus tells us that when we have fed the poor, clothed the naked, and provided necessities for those who needed them, we were doing these deeds unto Him. Each one of us carries in himself the breath of the Living God.
Killing someone is a terrible thing. It takes away the victim’s God given right to pursue happiness and freedom. It leaves children orphaned. It creates voids and brokenness in people’s lives.
However, even this sin can be forgiven. Moses killed an Egyptian, but God used him to save a nation. David had Bathsheba’s husband killed, but God still loved him, and forgave him, and his life was still useful to God. Paul persecuted Christians, and was on a mission to have more killed, when He saw the Light, and God transformed him. Many of the greatest testimonies come from people in prison who turned to God for forgiveness of their sin of murder. God can and does want to forgive us when we repent. He is still able to use us, sometimes even better than before, because Jesus says that He who has been forgiven of much, loves much.
Lord, I pray for families who have been stained by murder, the victims, and the murderers. Each one of us has failed at some point in the law. The knowledge of our wrong deeds leads us to repentance. Please use the mistakes in our lives for Your good and glory. Forgive us of all our sins. Make us right with You!