Life Is Sacred

Life Is Sacred

Years ago when a preacher preached on the sixth commandment, the applicable points of relevancy were looks that could kill, murderous words, and criminal attitudes. Today the stakes are higher. Many of us know people who have been murdered.

Had I been ordering the Ten Commandments, I would have placed this one last. It seems that this is the epitome of dehumanization, the end of a slippery slope of sin. I’d keep the first four in place, because the erosion of life is rooted in a blatant disregard for the God who gives life. If we can make our own idolatrous gods, use God’s name to endorse our will, turn Him into our genie in the religious bottle, then we can de-sacralize the life God created.

First, we erase the Sabbath pattern that is meant to remind us of our relation to God. Then we dishonor our parents who gave us birth, placing ourselves at the center of the familial universe. Next we break our promises to those we marry, then we take from others what is not ours, then we twist the truth for our purposes, then we want their life, then we take it.

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Hobby Lobby and the Kingdom of God

Hobby Lobby and the Kingdom of God

For many in our world, the idea of religion as an influencer of public policy is frightening. As long as the church stays inside its walls, redeems drunkards from the city streets, marries and buries, then it is due the tax exemption that it receives. But when the church finds a voice in the public arena and begins to operate out of a different cultural narrative, then it is narrow, bigoted, and dangerous. That’s the world we live in. And Christians with convictions are in the crosshairs of public opinion.

And then we wake up to a Supreme Court decision that upholds the conscience of the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby. I find some elements of Obamacare to be helpful – children staying on their parent’s health coverage through their college years, the mandate that requires insurance companies to offer coverage to families who have children with serious illness, and the attempt to address the uninsured. At the same time, I find the over-reach that ignores a sacred conviction about life in the womb to be unacceptable.

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