Life, A Matter of Importance

(Article for Bulletin of FBC Mulberry Grove 1/17/2016)

Each year we are encouraged to celebrate “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. Today is that day. Why focus on the sanctity of human life?

First of all, the world in which we live has so de-valued life that the ending of life has become the arena for debate and argument. Abortion has been added to the list of items that grows in the area of politics. The aged are cordoned away where we don’t have to be bothered with them.

Add to the above reason for such a focus, we must remember that God has placed a premium value on human life. Jesus “suffered the little children to come.” God, upon creation of man, declared it good. Jesus’ purpose in becoming a man was to provide a bridge for lost man to return to the Maker.

Since life is important, I would like to challenge us all on this “Sanctity of Life” Sunday to provide support for those individuals and institutions who specifically raise the level of human life. Support them with prayer. If able, support them with a generous gift. Support them by volunteering time and presence. (Here are a few possibilities: Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center, a local nursing home or care center, GuideStone’s Mission:Dignity ministry. Feel free to add links to Life-supporting organizations in the comments section.)

So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. (Genesis 1:27)