Human life's high value
This Sunday, Jan. 19, is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. The day is reserved in remembrance of Jan. 22, 1973, the sad day when the United States Supreme Court issued their ruling on the Roe v. Wade case, legalizing abortion.
This week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder, BRweekly and BRnow.org contain many articles and helpful web links to guide your preparation for the day. I published an editorial, "41 years and counting," that I hope you will read. In the column I commented about the past year’s markers on the issue of life and called for Christians to openly address the crisis. We have covered up and ignored the massive loss of life in inexcusable ways.
This is not the first time society has attempted to put a smiling face on evil. In the early 20th century, the eugenics movement attempted to purify humanity by promoting the idea that the infirm and insane should be bred out of the race. Before the Nazis even came to power, two German professors in 1920 wrote the book Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens or The Permission to Destroy Life Unworthy of Life.
In the book the brain damaged or psychotic were deemed already "mentally dead" and were "empty shells of human beings." The Nazis built upon this groundwork to dismantle the value of human life, beginning with impaired young children, the terminally ill, the mentally ill, eventually to political enemies, and culminating with Hitler’s Final Solution of the Jews.
I saw a historical documentary on television this week that showed the horrors of Germany’s concentration camps where more than 6 million Jews were murdered. It was a painful reminder of a bad time in the history of civilized mankind. My heart screamed, "Why did so many sit in silence through this cruel massacre?"
Please read the story of pastor and professor Owen Strachan who puts his convictions into action. Whatever the cost, we must act and speak out. (Many helpful resources are available at BRnow.org/Life)
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