Let me share with you three real life incidents described in American newspapers:
A man in a car waiting to approach a gas pump is edged out by another car. Offended by this, he follows the man home and shoots him to death in his driveway.
A woman is injured in an auto accident that demolishes her car. As she lies there in pain a man approaches her car. He steals the woman’s purse and strips her of her rings and other valuables before fleeing the scene.
A family of Jews from Warsaw, Poland is taken by the Nazis from their home at gunpoint and beaten in public. Then they are forcibly put on a crowded cattle car to be taken to a prison camp where they are murdered, and their bodied burned in large gas ovens.
What do these three incidents have in common? Answer: an outrageously low view of the value of human life. Perhaps you feel offended by the inclusion of the third incident as not being in the same class as the first two. Let’s be honest. The only difference is a matter of degree. And that is what worries us so. We used to ask how a civilized German society could ever have produced the mass prison camp murders. One need only read the front page of any daily newspaper to see the same spirit at work on a smaller scale. Twice in recent days we have witnessed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood leaders discussing how they kill late term babies through abortion practices in such a skilled way that they can harvest and sell their organs for financial gain.
Nothing has changed. Once humans cut themselves loose from the leash of the Spirit of God they inevitably begin to wade in the most dismal of demonic swamps. The only answer to this is not a social or moral renewal, but a spiritual renewal. It is the Creator who has informed us about the value of life. It is He who commanded us to “love one another.” It is He who demands of His children reconciliation amidst broken relationships. We who know the Lord can’t just wring our hands and hope for the best. We must not only take a verbal stand against such sin but be actively living out a life of genuine love, respect, concern and sacrifice for others, and then pray that someone will notice and get the point.
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship