Did you hear her voice from the back seat of the car as her mother’s boyfriend lay dying? His blood spilling out for all the cyber world to see, as his girlfriend videoed it for our Internet-Instant-Global-Community? Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend, began screaming as she realized that Philando Castile had just taken his last breath.
But did you hear her little girl?
If you saw the graphic video when news outlets first aired it, the 4-year-old voice calmly sends out a message from the back seat, clearly wanting to comfort and assure her screaming mother. “It’s ok, Mommy, I’m right here with you.”
At that moment, sitting inches from a horrifying death scene, the child is reaching out to offer aid.
What have we become, that we, as a society are discarding our little ones before they are born, are exposing them to our own insanity, with little regard for their young hearts?
I thought of that little girl, as we watched the protest in Dallas suddenly turn violent. As the first shots rang out, a throng of people turned to run in abject terror, and there she was. Another little girl, probably only two, held by her mom as she ran from the sniper’s line of fire.
The march that was intended to voice the message that “black lives matter” ended in death. This culture of death relentlessly marches ahead, as it carries our little ones along with it.
Why am I addressing this?
I have a responsibility to do what I can to promote a culture of life.
And I am burdened for this next generation to recognize that this is a worthy cause to battle for.
The gospel message must be shared in these dark days. The sanctity of life must be voiced. The culture of death must be opposed.
It started with the babies. Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision there have been more than 54 million unborn children that our nation has put to death. It is incredible to me to realize I live in a nation that now views this as normal. Those who are under forty may think this is just the way it is, has always been, and always will be, just a “normal” part of life.
Abortion is far from normal. It is barbaric.
As our culture has adjusted to the murder of the unborn, we’ve grown numb to the barbarism and now we opt to deal with conflict through violence and terrorism. Whether it is the police officer who unjustly unloads his ammunition, or the sniper who guns down civil authorities, we must challenge our culture to recognize what is happening.
We no longer view life as sacred.
The moral obligation to confer respect and dignity to another individual does not depend on their social class, ethnicity, or even their behavior. The reason we should hold life sacred, the reason we are obliged, and should gladly show respect to any and all people, is because of the source of life.
God has created each individual with the dignity of bearing His image. All are created equal. All bear His image. All mankind should be treated with respect because of this reality.
The Church must not silently retreat on this issue. God’s agenda is life.
We must stand in solidarity with those who voice the message of life. Yes, black lives matter, unborn lives matter, all lives matter. We must demonstrate respect in how we talk to and about others—because that individual is created in the image of God. Human life is bestowed dignity, and is sacred, because of the Giver of life.
Those who choose to unjustly take life are joining with the adversary of life.
[box]“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)[/box]
What are we teaching our little ones?
What are they learning as they watch the slaughter?
Do all lives matter to you?
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