Here we are again, already smack in the middle of December. Despite last week’s horrible tragedy, many of us are still trying to make the most of the season, still longing to celebrate the birth of our Savior. The gifts are being wrapped, the Nativity Scenes are on display, Christmas cards are in the mail, and the travel plans are made. For Christians, Jesus’s birthday is certainly not an occasion taken lightly by any means. Even our Facebook walls are filled with Christmas songs, greetings, and pictures of Baby Jesus. I love the status update my preacher friend, Kevin Childs, posted the other day:
“There was once a pregnant teenage girl. But she chose to bear the child. Thank God. Because He grew up & died for my sins. Merry Christmas.”
What a reminder that Jesus wasn’t exactly born, nor did He live under the most perfect conditions when He was here in the flesh. Yet, He still fulfilled His purpose out of unconditional love for us.
Jesus is also a reminder that while a human life may appear insignificant on the outside, that very life may contain the power to change the world.
In fact, Christ empowers each of us so that we can see beyond what we see with our own human eyes. With His love, we are able to discover the treasure in other human beings— especially the vulnerable and the weak. It’s no wonder many of us are so fervent when it comes to protecting life.
Not only are we devastated when a deranged gunman kills 20 innocent children, we are also burdened when we hear of abuse or mistreatment of the disabled, the elderly, or the unborn– knowing these beings are precious to our King.
I know, I was absolutely ‘sickened’ when I recently read an article in The Blaze that described how sick children and disabled babies are being placed on “death pathways” in England, deprived of any food or fluid for days until they reach their deaths. According to The Blaze:
The process of “withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.” In other words, patients — young and old — are slowly starved and dehydrated to death.”
One doctor admitted to starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital in a leading medical journal. The doctor describes it as a 10-day process, during which the baby becomes “smaller and shrunken.” The doctor also wrote of the pain of watching the slow, forced deaths of newborn babies.
Unfortunately, this form of euthanasia is becoming more prevalent (In England) as a way to clear hospital beds and to save the NHS (National Health Service) money.
It also makes me wonder if this type of euthanasia is on the menu (in the U.S.) once Obamacare is fully implemented? I certainly wouldn’t doubt it since there is already a “death panel” appointed for the elderly (which is, in itself, an absolute atrocity).
Reports of these “death pathways” (for babies) appear to follow a recent debate between two ethicists (working in Australian universities) arguing that since aborting a fetus is allowable, then so should be the termination of a newborn child.
In other words, newborns aren’t really human beings unless we want them to be, according to these guys. A newborn is just a fetus outside the womb to be disposed of if the child poses an inconvenience.
Coldly referring to a child (inside or outside the womb) as a fetus takes on qualities and characteristics convenient to those who have little value for human life. The term fetus basically implies that baby is something less than human, with little intrinsic worth, and therefore disposable.
A pro-choicer looks at a fetus, and his or her eyes will see a perfectly formed human child (for this is what a fetus actually is) while his or her mind will see something else—an ugly, nonhuman, disposable lump of tissue.
Yet, that tiny little human was beautifully created by God for His purposes.
I love how Best-selling author, Max Lacado once eloquently stated: “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass-produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.”
Even the weakest among us are unique and serve a purpose, according to our Creator. Whether they are sick, disabled, elderly, mentally challenged, or unborn, they give us each an opportunity to love others the same way God loves our own imperfect, spiritually- defective selves. They teach us the value of God’s unconditional love. All human beings have purpose, even when we don’t fully understand how in our own human minds.
Apparently, our Founding Fathers also saw great purpose in human life when they enshrined the right to life as one of the three basic rights in the Declaration of Independence (right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness). Acknowledging one’s life as a gift from our Creator, they declared the purpose of government is to protect it at all costs.
We can see how important it for us to elect leaders who understand they are accountable (to God) for protecting or “securing” this precious right. And, if they fail to do so, it is our responsibility to vote them out of power if we expect our own lives to be protected.
As our culture becomes more secularized, and we are ‘drifting along’ without any real purpose but to serve our own desires, we can also see how our elected officials reflect those very same values. But what we are ending up with, is a nation with no standard of right and wrong, and a government that serves it own whims at the cost of its own citizens, including the elderly, disabled, and the unborn.
In fact, it’s sad to think that President Obama was reelected, partly because so many Americans no longer see the right to life as a gift from God, but a war on women instead. How demoralized and depraved we have become since the Declaration of Independence was written. In place of a government that “secures” a human being’s right to life, we now have:
- A president who sees unborn children as “punishment”.
- “Death Panels” that will determine whether or not an elderly being is cost-effective enough to live.
- Taxpayers being forced to pay for abortions against their own will.
- Healthcare mandates forcing employers to provide contraception and abortion pills against their conscience, which violates their religious liberty.
- Leaders trying to take guns from law-abiding citizens, leaving them helpless against criminals who want to harm them.
Sadly, since the November election, pro-lifer’s are being mocked and attacked all the more viciously, partly because the phony war on women (women’s abortion rights) that helped bring President Obama to his second-term victory.
Since when did defending human life become to be considered so wacky? It used to be a traditional American value that we all cherished.
My own purpose is not to go around, condemning other women for difficult choices they make. In fact, I was a pro-choicer until I became pregnant with my son, heard his heart beat for the first time, saw his tiny fingers moving around on the ultrasound, and felt his little feet kicking inside of me like a champion soccer player. It was only then that I became convicted.
But I do feel frustrated, knowing that abortion clinics prey on terrified and confused young women, all to make $300 to $500 money per abortion. Abortions are quick easy money for clinics like Planned Parenthood. Abortion is a HUGE cash business. They don’t care about these young girls, or the lives they dispose like pieces of trash.
While abortionists see an unborn child as a “quick buck” and pro-choicer’s see the same child as a “fetus” and President Obama sees the child as “punishment,” it doesn’t mean that teeny tiny speck of life will not add significant value to the lives he or she touches.
In fact, here’s a personal story I would love to share.
Over thirty years ago, a terrified teenage girl walked into an abortion clinic. Her boyfriend told her that he wanted nothing to do with the baby she was carrying (or her for that matter, if she decided to keep it). She was too frightened to tell her parents she was pregnant. Her father was already physically abusive, and there was no telling what he would do to her if he found out.
Lonely and confused, the young woman came to the conclusion that the only choice she had, was to have an abortion. So, she walked into the clinic, filled out all the paperwork, and followed the technician into an icy cold room. There, she got undressed, crawled up on the table, and put her feet in the stirrups, just as instructed.
But, something amazing happened to her while she was waiting all alone in that room—she had a change of heart. As the doctor walked in to begin performing the abortion, the young girl sat up and exclaimed, “I can’t kill my own baby!”
She jumped off the table, grabbed her clothes, got dressed, and ran out. True story. I am so glad she did because the precious baby she was carrying was beautiful little girl. And, that beautiful baby girl grew up to become one of the most amazing women I know. In fact, that amazing woman is one of my very best friends. Her uplifting spirit and her optimism are incredibly infectious. She is one of these people that everyone loves to be around. Not to mention the fact that she has helped me get through some very tough times. I can’t imagine my own life without her.
I don’t know if her mother really knows how grateful I am that she chose life that day. But, I do know that little baby girl brought a great deal of joy to her mother’s life, in spite of the imperfect circumstances. In fact, that tiny baby girl has brightened so many lives in her thirty years.
So, this year, as I celebrate Christ’s birthday, I celebrate the power of love that He places in each one us—which is the power to treasure every precious life around us. After all, He was born for this….Merry Christmas!