BFLW Devotional
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Although our world seems to be advancing in technology and science, mankind as a whole is trapped in a tragic state where they think that some lives do not matter as much as other lives do. This is not a new idea, but has become a recurring theme throughout the world’s history. Slavery, for example, was practiced as early as 1860 B.C. and is unfortunately still practiced in several countries today.1 Adolf Hitler, another sinister example, developed a wicked plan in the 1940s to create a “master race” by ridding society of the “racially impure” Jews.2 In modem times, mankind is faced with a new type of situation. Society today has communities brainwashed into thinking that killing fetuses, abandoning special-needs children, or shunning the mute is acceptable, that these humans do not matter. Whether it is a precious, pre-born baby, a curious child with special needs, or a sorrow-filled soul who cannot speak for himself, all lives matter to the God Who created them.

A total of 70 million babies have been aborted in the United States alone since the Supreme Court passed Roe v Wade in 1973. 3 That is 70 million brutal, selfish murders, because the pre-born babies did not have the voice to scream out in frantic protest. This goes against everything written in the Bible that the Lord intended for mankind. In Jeremiah 1 :5, it is written, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou earnest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Although this verse is directed at Jeremiah, it is proof that the Lord has a plan for every baby before he even enters the world. Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Pre-born lives matter to God because He already wrote their futures in perfect detail. Every life is unique, and deserves the opportunity to live the life that their Creator had so perfectly planned for them.

In addition to pre-born babies, children with special needs matter to God. All around the world, for every 20 children, there is one who suffers from a disability.4 In some countries, these children are rejected by their families, their communities and their governments because of their differences. In China, 98% of the children that are abandoned suffer from disabilities.5 These helpless children are struggling all around the world, and there are wicked people who think that instead of helping them, it would be better if they did not live, that they did not have an acceptable “quality oflife.” Yet, who are they to decide their quality oflife? The Lord created everyone to be in His likeness, and everyone is precious in His sight. In Isaiah 43:4, God said: “Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” These sweet children matter to God, and deserve to experience the beautiful life that God has intended for them.

In addition to pre-born infants and children with disabilities, there is another category of helpless individuals in need of a voice: those who cannot speak for themselves. This category includes pre-born babies, children with disabilities, the mentally handicapped, those suffering from various disorders, memory loss, etc. For those who are incapable of crying out for help, the Bible says to “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction” in Proverbs 31 :8. Although these people may appear different from the outside, they are still human beings, created in the image of God on the inside, and they do not deserve to be treated as anything less. They deserve to be shone the same amount of love and mercy that God showed to the rest of the world. God says in John 13:34: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” This verse still applies to everyone today, because even those who cannot speak for themselves matter to God.

All lives matter to the God, whether they are pre-born infants, children with special needs, or those who cannot speak for themselves. All are precious in His sight. No matter the circumstance, no matter the situation, every human being, born and pre-born deserves, the God­given opportunity to live the lives that He had planned for them. Aborting babies is murder, abandoning the disabled is wicked, and forgetting the helpless is heartbreaking. This malicious mentality has become the norm in society today, and can only be helped if someone takes a stand for the truth and makes a change that will better the world and honor and glorify God. Let it start with you.

Article submitted by:
Diana Gavris
Heritage Christian School, Cleveland, Ohio
3rd place contest winner of 2017 BFLW Essay Contest