Genesis 1:26–27; Exodus 1:15–17; Psalm 139:13–16; Mark 10:13–16comment (0)
January 17, 2013
By Robert Olsen
Related Scripture: Genesis 1:26–27
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Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries, University of Mobile
Value All Human Life
Genesis 1:26–27; Exodus 1:15–17; Psalm 139:13–16; Mark 10:13–16
Many churches set aside this day in a special effort to be advocates for the unborn and to permeate our culture with the biblical teachings regarding the sanctity of human life. The Bible passages selected for this lesson focus on reasons we are to value human life as God’s gift.
Affirm Life’s Value (Gen. 1:26–27)
The main reason that human life is valued is because we are the only creation created in the image of God. This gives human life a higher value than all other life. This can be seen from Genesis 9:6 when God tells Noah, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in His image.”
This is not said of any other creature. Strangely, we live in a culture where this is often reversed. One can receive hefty fines and time in prison for killing certain creatures like whales, dolphins or eagles, but one can kill an unborn child legally. This is not to say that Christians should promote killing these other animals, but it shows how our culture’s priorities are wrong. The idea that man is made in God’s image gives Christians a definitive reason why they can stand up for all human beings — the infirm, the mentally handicapped and the unborn. This sets Christianity apart from many other worldviews and religions because we have a clear command from God. Other worldviews are based on opinion and changing social mores, which means that there is no reason why they should or should not value human life.
Respect and Protect Life (Ex. 1:15–17)
One of the main reasons that the Egyptians began persecuting the Israelites was because they were becoming too plentiful and Pharaoh feared they would become more numerous and powerful than the Egyptians. He sought to remedy the situation by having the Hebrew boys killed at birth. The Hebrew midwives recognized the wickedness of this command and disobeyed the order. Although Christians are to be obedient to their governing authorities, we are supposed to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). If our society or government try to force us to do something that God clearly says is wrong, our priority is with God. Even though abortion is legal in the United States, this does not make it right and Christians should try to change the minds of those who are pro-abortion. In addition, we need to speak out on behalf of the unborn since they cannot speak for themselves. We need to care for the least of these, just as Jesus commanded us to.
Celebrate Life’s Purpose (Ps. 139:13–16)
This Psalm is one of the strongest passages used to support the idea of personhood for the child in the womb. Many pro-abortion advocates assert that a fetus is not a person, and if it is not a person, it does not have the same rights as human beings. However, this Psalm affirms that God is at work in the womb of the mother, showing that God had a plan for David while he was in his mother’s womb. Surely if God had a plan for him while in the womb, this affirms the value of the unborn child and shows that God also has a plan for us.
Follow Jesus’ Example (Mark 10:13–16)
When the children were brought to Jesus, the disciples tried to get rid of them because they felt that Jesus was too important for little children. However, Jesus wanted to be with the children because He valued them and knew their faith was an example to the adults. In our society children are often pushed into the background, seen as nuisances and irritants because they get in our way. Many people emphasize their jobs over their children or place their own selfishness over the benefit of their children. Divorces happen even though the children will be negatively affected because the adults put their own desires over that of their children. As Christians we should follow Christ’s example of valuing children.