Life

I was listening the other day to Dr. Ravi Zacharias and he asked the question “do we have the right to be human?” and to be honest I never thought that the right to be human was something that we needed to endow to one another. To think about the right to be human forces us to think about what it means to be human. 

Genesis 1:26 – 28 — 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”.

One of the first things that the Bible tells about creation is that human beings were created in the image of God. Reading through the creation account, God only says that man is created in His image. This differentiates man from animals. The first question to cross my mind was, does anyone debate our right to be human? To me, this is elemental; however, after putting some thought into it, I realized that there are people who would argue against our right to be human. I know personally many who feel that man is just another animal, that there is no real difference; however, this is not what the Bible says. Man alone is created in God’s image and we were to have dominion over the earth.

As we all know, that is not exactly how it turned out, man fell, but that doesn’t change that we were created in the image of God and that we are indeed not just another animal. This belief is the foundation of my beliefs about man. This is why I view human life as being inherently valuable. All human life is God breathed, but sometimes, because we are fallen, because we are broken we don’t always get what we expect from man nor do we always have what God intended.

One way that this is true was poignantly shown to me through an article that I read. A woman was pregnant with twins that she wanted, but discovered that her son was likely to be born very unhealthy. She made the decision to “kill our son “in a warm and loving place inside of me.” A mothers womb, should be safe and warm, not a place of death. Yes, it would have been hard if he had been born only to die, I do understand that. I also understand that a special needs child can be difficult, but since I grew up with one in our family I know that it is also, in a strange way, a blessing. My brother has many special needs, but his life is a good life. He knows no other life and our lives are richly blessed through him.

As I read this, I felt dark and sad. I am deeply troubled about a society that feels that only a life that is “normal” is a good life. That those who are “imperfect” are not valuable and valued. Maybe when you foundation of belief about man is that we are just another animal, you feel that it is ok to kill the less than perfect ones. If we are terminating pregnancies of imperfect babies now, how long until we just kill off the elderly and those with special needs? How long until we label them, “useless eaters”?

Maybe this is why so many people,both children and adults, feel that it is ok to bully people who are different from them. It isn’t. In order to view each other properly, we must first look at how God views us. We are his image bearers. All of us. Even those who do not meet some unrealistic standard, none of us are perfect. We all fail, we all fall. Let’s be honest, we all have our quirks that make us weird to some, but those are the things that make us uniquely and wonderfully us.

Reflect His light today and embrace someone who is less than perfect. Love them as God does.

Here is the link to the article http://dsr.gd/11Hjc4h

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When God Remembers

For most of us the word remember brings to mind the idea of first forgetting. In the Bible, there are several instances of God remembering. God remembered Abraham, Noah, Rachael, Hannah… and every time I would see that phrase I had to sit and wonder what it means for God to remember. Clearly, our all knowing, all powerful, ever present God who is not confined by space or time does not forget. Right?

Sometimes, we feel forgotten. I am sure that Abraham and Sarah did. The promise of an heir was made fourteen years prior to the fruition of that promise. When we read the word, we are done with those sentences in a few minutes at the most. So, take a minute and really let it sink in how LONG fourteen years is. Sarah had probably long given up on baring a child for the man that she loved. OH!The longing that this promise must have awakened in her.

In those days, a woman who did not give her spouse an heir would have felt as though she failed him. She had no legal rights, she was not equal in the eyes of society. This is her chance to be released from the stigma of being barren. To do the one thing for her husband that she was raised was her duty. The promise was made and so much time had gone by, the longing in her soul for her husband to have an heir is overwhelming, and she decides that God must need help to make this happen. How often are you and I guilty of the same thing? She gives up on her God, deciding she is too broken, too old, too much for God to use. She devises a plan, but this does not make her feel better, only worse. Isn’t that how is usually works out for us as well?

Then, in the proper time, God remembers and Sarah has Isaac. Had God forgotten his promise? or is there more to this? The word used in each of the old testament uses is the same. None of them are associated with the term, to recollect. They are all associated with the idea of incense. Incense was used ceremonially. This is a ceremonial remembering. Think memorial service for a lost loved one. Clearly, forgetting was never involved.

The words that God has spoken are true! Some things have not yet come to fruition, but they will. God does not forget. If you have a vision from Him, it will come to fruition, in the proper time. Our growth is in the waiting, but in these microwave times of instant everything, waiting is something we are not very good at. Wait on Him, He knows all and will never lead us astray. Cling to Him, grow in the knowledge of His word and He will remember you when the time is right as only He can know it is. In the meantime, reflect Him the best way you know how.