Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
There are few common items I use regularly at work. Clipboards for holding bills and load charts. Disposable calculators, normally solar powered, that I use for tabulating my trailer weights as I load them. Lastly, a trash can for throwing away plastic and broken bits of wood. When these things break, we tend to just throw them away. We don’t fix them, we just throw them away.
What about people? Wait! What do you mean by that?
We live our lives in a near constant blur. Sometimes, whether or not we realize it, we may treat people as if they were disposable. Sadly, it is sometimes intentional. There are people out there who can, and do, use anyone they can to get whatever they want. Once a person is no longer useful to them, they just cast them aside and find somebody else who they can use to their advantage.
In recent news, we have heard about things such as “Black Live Matter” or “Cop Lives Matter”, just name a few. How foolish both of these, as well as many of the others are. Likewise, we have those who are saying “Having an abortion was the most loving thing I could do”. Excuse me? Murder is loving? I don’t think so.
In speaking of God’s calling him to serve as a prophet, Jeremiah writes in the fifth verse of the first chapter of the book bearing his name:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Let that sink in for a moment.
Before he had even been formed in his mother’s womb, God knew him and had consecrated him as prophet. It can honestly be said that in God’s mind, life began even before we were formed in womb. Thus, to take a unique being, one who’s very DNA combination will never happen again, and to simply kill them because you think it is “loving”, or having a child is “punishment”. Pregnancy is a natural consequence of sexual promiscuity. Simply, the more often you engage in sexual intercourse, the greater the odds are of getting pregnant, though it only takes one time.
Abortion isn’t the only means of taking a life. Murder is murder. Let us consider the activities of groups such as ISIS and ISIL. The members of these organizations are followers of a religion known as “Islam”. These, and other similar groups, believe that anyone who is not a moslem must be put to death, as this is what is commanded by the koran. If you need proof, here is what it says in just one of it’s “verses”: Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992: – “Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” Make no mistake, ISIS and ISIL did not hijack Islam, they really are taking the koran for what it says.
What did the Bible say?
Bear in mind that Christianity is almost two centuries older than Islam. Christians are not commanded by God, or Christ Jesus, to kill anyone. In fact, in 1 Thessalonians 4, the Apostle Paul talks about how to live a life that is pleasing to God. In the ninth verse, he makes an interesting statement. That statement is “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another”.
Loving one another. This does not mean killing those who don’t believe as you do. This doesn’t mean killing an unborn child because you made a choice. This doesn’t mean treating people as objects to use to get ahead and then dispose of. This means loving them, despite our feelings and how they may treat us.
Now, let me make this clear, I am not advocating the concept of not defending yourself. I am fully supportive of self defense. However, I do not support murder of another for the sake of convenience, or because they don’t believe as you do.
Calculators and clip boards are disposable. When they break, and they will, it may not make sense to repair them. They are easily replaceable. Life isn’t so replaceable. Each of us is quite unique. We need to treat each other with respect, for Christ Jesus loved us and died for our sins. Even if you have had an abortion or murdered somebody, you can still find forgiveness. It is not God’s will than any of us should perish, rather that we all come to salvation through Christ Jesus.
Life is not disposable. Nor should it be a blur, using people just to get ahead. We are called to love one another, even as Christ loved us, and died for our sins. God doesn’t treat us as disposable. Why should we treat others that way. This is the gospel, and it is for us all.