How much is a single human life worth?
How much is the life of a stranger worth? How much is a life of a “bad guy” worth? How about the life of a celebrity? What about the life of someone from that country or region? How much are their lives worth? How much is your life worth?
They all have the same answer.
I’m sure we all have read many history books that describe the “dark days” of civilization. Back when human life was viewed as cheap, and atrocities were commonplace. Unfortunately, for millions of people worldwide, those dark days are not just history, but a present reality. The human race isn’t as sophisticated as many would like to think.
Today, many of us will be waking up, drinking our coffee, checking social media on our pocket screens, and going about our normal everyday lives.
At the same time…
Today, many others will be waking up in slavery. Today, many others will not be waking up at all. Today, many others will decide that their lives are worthless and will choose to end them. Today, many babies will die and never be allowed to see the light of day.
It is incredibly hard to think of these things. The rush of emotions is a combination of heartbreak, sorrow, bitterness, anger, numbness, despair, and outrage.
But then there is hope.
There is a God who listens when the oppressed cry out and He rescues them when they call upon His name. (Psalm 107:6)
There is a God who created each and every one of us in His image. A priceless work of art. (Gen. 1:26)
There is a God who left heaven in order to save the helpless and hopeless. (Romans 5:6)
There is a God who offers unrestricted hope. (1 Peter 1:3-6)
There is a God who offers life. (John 14:6)
So many people in our world have proclaimed with their words and actions that life is cheap, meaningless, and in many cases just plain worthless.
We must be louder. Our message that life is precious must be uncompromised and unrelenting. Because that is God’s message. Life is so precious to Him that Jesus laid His own life down in order to ensure that others could have it.
So, what do we do? What do we do with the fact that tens of millions of people are being trafficked every day? What do we do with the fact that over 20 million babies have been killed since January? What do we do with the fact that suicide seems to be such a normal thing that there are now T.V. shows that glorify it? What can we do?
We can love our neighbors. (Matthew 19:19, Luke 10:25-37)
We can speak up against injustices. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
We can be a reflection of our Savior. (Romans 12:2, Matthew 5:13-16)
We can pray. (1 John 5:14-15, Matthew 5:44, Philippians 4:6)
We can remind people that God has made them and sees them as priceless.
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