God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31
All life is sacred.
It may not seem that way, but it is.
You and I and every other human on this planet deserves an opportunity at life and redemption.
Yet we look at particular people and decide that they are not worthy of life, as if that’s something we get to choose for them. I am wondering how many of us take into consideration someone else making that exact same decision for us and I am reminded of Jesus’ words, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2).
Every life is a gift from God.
I’m not exactly sure how we came to see one another as disposable. Maybe it started in the garden when Adam and Eve began pointing fingers at one another, or perhaps it was the moment when Cain bashed a rock upside Able’s head, thinking: “You, sir, are more trouble than you are worth.”
A good rule of thumb for us as Christians is to consider whether or not Jesus would point His finger, hurl the first stone, pull the trigger, push the button, or otherwise rid the world of whoever we consider to be more trouble than they are worth. The same Jesus who prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34) as the people of that day were working out how much better they’d be once He was dead.
Strangely enough, we are better off. Jesus’ death and resurrection offers everyone – every single one of us – forgiveness, acceptance, and life that cannot be taken from us by another no matter the circumstances. I’ve heard people declare, “You’re going to hell for that!” But that’s not something we get to decide either, as the thief on the cross next door discovered when Jesus’ replied to him, “Truly I tell you, today you with be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Jesus shows us a better way and calls us to learn from Him, the crucified and living Savior, saying, “when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25) In this way, the Lord ties us all together; binding our lives up with the poor and the rich, with the outcast and the powerful, with the victims and the abusers, with our loved ones as well as with our enemies; declaring that His forgiveness to us is bound up with our forgiveness to everyone else.
Either all life is sacred or none is.