This week was an eye opener for me regarding the realities of this world.
First, I am beginning to learn more about the worldwide persecuted church. 200,000,000 Christians in parts of the world where many of us would never go or probably have never even heard of are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. Governments and small people groups in the Middle East and Asia are denying many of these people the basic human right to live their lives in a manner of peace. These people are forced to live in secrecy, in some instances denying their own identities to protect the lives of others. Homes are destroyed, places of worship taken away, people are beaten, thrown in jail, and even some are killed, simply because they are Christians, followers of Jesus Christ.
(see www.persecution.org for more information on the worldwide persecuted church)
In other areas around the world, it is not even about religion, but mere corruption. Civil disunity and war in Uganda for decades have left hundreds of thousands alone, enslaved to others. Families are torn apart and children are kidnapped never to be heard from again. Thrown into small rooms, left only to sleep on top of each other, the inhumane acts of authority have caused these young people to lose their own humanity.
(see www.invisiblechildren.com for more information about the situation in Uganda)
Injustice in these parts of the world and in Central & South America reveal that slavery goes beyond what has happened to these children and into the realm of sex slavery. Young woman from around the world are kidnapped and sold, forced to exist as slaves who are at the mercy of perverted individuals who no longer see them as women, but as objects of torture. The lives of these women are gone, their bodies only a shell, containing a soul that slowly dying.
(see www.ijm.org for more information about injustice)
And then there is our country, the United States of America. The land of the free and home of the brave; where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness reign over every human being. We are different than these other countries in that we desire to preserve the sanctity of life. Yet, if we look closely, we see that we have no problem killing the innocent either; we have found a way to justify killing innocent human beings through the convenience of language. As long as it is an it instead of a child, as long as it is a fetus instead of a he or she, we don't have to feel too guilty about destroying a body that is growing and a heart that beats; a life that is dependent on the life of another. In fact, out of this convenience of language "we the people" have decided to legalize this form of murder known as abortion. Two women decide after much thought that their child will not have the quality of life they want for their baby so one chooses to have an abortion after 24 months of pregancy, while the other chokes her one-month old baby to death. The former will never have to stand in front of a judge to justify her actions even if she has five of them, while the latter will be put on trial for murder and easily convicted to serve her judgment in prison. Both women had the same reason for taking the life of their child, one figured it out after 6 months, the other only 4 months later. In America, one is justified, the other is condemned--both have murdered innocent human beings. Important to realize is that from the moment of conception to the moment of birth, a nine month process occurs in order for a human child to enter into this world healthy, but at no point during that process is he or she any less or any more human than the day before. If at any point we believe that what is forming inside a mother's womb is sub-human or not human at all, I would venture to say we are the most inhumane of all living creatures.
(see www.abortionno.org to read about the stark realities and truths to abortion)
Do we seek to preserve the sanctity of life in America? I am sure we do, but more often than not the foundation is rooted in sheer survival, self-preservation, and convenience. I don't think we are any more civilized than the rest of the world.
In admitting this though, I also confess the need of all human beings. I also learned this week that our need for God is an involuntary action. Whether or not we feel that need means nothing for just as we need water to live physically so too do we need God to live spiritually. What I confess is that all I just wrote about indicates the world in which we live is fallen; it is fallible and imperfect. As we strive to preserve this "sanctity of life" we all so covet dearly, what is really being exposed is a human race that does not get it right, that can not get it right, and has never gotten it right. It seems as though the more we try the more we uncover the truth that this world is beyond fixing under our own power. The truth we uncover is our own depravity.
There is nothing new about this truth and much of the world remains blind and deaf to it, thinking that one more invention might change things, that one more medication might eradicate disease, that one more organization to bring about justice might destroy inequality. Though these are good and though we should continue to srive for them, if our eyes are not then opened and our ears do not then hear that we need to be brought back to our God we will continue down a path that only leads to death.
Only on that day, when in our fight for sanctity, we discover our own depravity, will we then see Him who is the true Source of all Life.
By His Grace...For His Glory.