The Sanctity of Life
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
(Matthew 6:10, ESV)
The movie Unplanned has stirred my thoughts and emotions this week. It is easy to be pro-life and to support the movie, but there are those blinded (as Abby Johnson was) to the Lord’s view of life; while we hold to God’s loving nature and the high value He puts on our lives, we justify an action like undoing an unwanted pregnancy or hurrying along death.
At both ends of life, we must consider the sanctity of life. The Bible tells us that our Heavenly Father knew us from not only before our conception but before creation. He knows our names, how many hairs are on our heads, and all the details of our lives.
As followers of Christ, we believe life begins at conception and ends only when God decides it is our time to die. It is not our place to manipulate or avoid the realities of conception and death.
I agree this is not easy in all circumstances, however the Lord calls us to trust within our circumstances rather than to change them. We are to make choices that align with His even when our plan seems better to us.
Let us choose now the sanctity of life at both the conception and end of life. Let us talk about this with our children, family, church, and friends, deciding on the front side how we will handle both conception and death. Let us see the Lord’s hand as more powerful than the seemingly better way we too easily convince ourselves of.