Thursday, 14 February 2013

2nd Day of Lent - Choose Life

The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. (Luke 9:22)

As we journey through Lent, we are preparing to remember and celebrate Jesus' death and His resurrection. Jesus gave up His place in Heaven to live on earth like us and He died so that we could enter Heaven with Him. But His return to life 3 days after His execution was His victory over death.

Victory over death. Death is wrong. It's a result of our departure from the perfect creation. It is meant to make us angry, sad, grief-stricken. So why is it that we now live in a culture where death is campaigned for? We can kill babies in the womb, merely because they are inconvenient; we can kill babies up to birth for being disabled, or even for having a cleft lip; we want to kill criminals, rather than spending time and energy rehabilitating them; we call for euthanasia. Where did we start to go wrong? When did we decide that death was so simple and life of so little worth? Jesus died to give us life.

If this is something that concerns you, what are you going to do about it? Sit back quietly and let the culture of death take over? Or speak up against it? Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8).

There is an inspiring woman named Hayley Goleniowska, the mother of a daughter with Down's Syndrome, who writes and speaks and campaigns to change hearts and minds, to teach that Down's Syndrome does not require a death sentence. Please check out her blog, Downs Side Up, to find out more and to be inspired. Particularly read her post about giving evidence in the Parliamentary inquiry into the current disability abortion law in the UK.

The LIFE charity exists to save lives and transform the futures of vulnerable pregnant women and young families. They are worth supporting, and have written a guide to responding to the Abortion & Disability Inquiry. Please take the time to read and respond.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) 

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