A few months ago there was a large sign near the west edge of Pittsfield that read “Protect Life - Both Born and Unborn”.
I certainly agree with the words on that sign; we have a duty to protect life. Fetuses are certainly unable to protect themselves. In addition to the picture of the fetus on the sign, a picture of a newborn baby could have been included. Life at this stage should be protected as well and all people are incapable of taking care of themselves the first few years of their lives.
Some people need help at later stages of life. I suspect most (but not all) of you reading this received encouragement to study and learn during your school years and you learned a work ethic. Many of you learned some useful job skills while growing up and were taught how to get along with others. What responsibility do we have to people at older ages who were not blessed with such a favorable home life? Do we have a responsibility to help them better their circumstances? Are these lives we should protect (and try to improve)?
God calls us to love and care for others.
Matt 25: “34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Most of us don’t know what it would be like to grow up in a home enjoying no love, enjoying no encouragement and learning no meaningful skills. Most of us don’t know how we would have turned out if we had been raised in such circumstances. I believe this passage in Matthew tells us to have empathy for those who are currently in these unfortunate situations and for those who grew up in this type of environment.
FCC contributes to Pike County Unmet Needs and we have our own Outreach Program. Both provide assistance to those in need . . . but our assistance should not be limited to our financial support for those programs. We individually should be eager to “get our hands dirty” and help those in need. The Bible teaches this in Matt 25. Following these instructions may get the attention of someone in need and allow us to follow another important set of instructions, those in the Great Commission. Helping others may open the door for us to share the “living water”.
Reach out to help others with the physical and emotional needs they have in this life and spread God’s word. Protect Life, Both Unborn and Born.
Yours in Christ,