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