Slippery Slope

Posted: January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Are we as a nation heading down a slippery slope?  Consider that 1,500,000 unborn children die each year from abortion. Consider that states have legalized medically assisted suicides for those who supposedly have six months or less to live.  We are witnessing the devaluation of human life on a massive scale.

Forty years ago, this would have been unbelievable.  How is it that we have a come to a place in our society when there is such a low regard for human life?  Mother Teresa said, “If a mother can kill her own children, then what can be next?”

What can be next?  Will a society that has legalized the killing of infants in the womb because they are unwanted, imperfect or inconvenient; will that society have difficulty in  legalizing the killing of other humans, especially older adults who are unwanted, or considered mentally or physically imperfect?

In Genesis 1:26 we read, “Let us make man in our image.”  Only human life possesses the image of God.  It should be no surprise when we turn to Exodus 20:13 that we read “Thou shall not murder.”

We should not be surprised because there is something distinctly precious and unique about human life.  In God’s estimation, it is so precious and so unique He commands that it must be protected and it must be preserved.  It alone represents “the image of God”.

In 1977, Jesse Jackson made the following statement which addresses the matter directly: “What happens to the mind of a  person, and the moral fabric of a nation, that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience?  What kind of a person and what kind of a society will we have twenty years hence if life can be taken so casually?  It is that question, the question of our attitude, our value system, and our mind set with regard to the nature and worth of life itself that is the central question confronting mankind.  Failure to answer that question affirmatively may leave us with a hell right here on earth.”

The only way to stop the slide down the slippery slope is to acknowledge that we are made in the “image of God” and that from God’s perspective, life is precious.

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