Sanctity of Life
a new series by Colonel Richard Munn
Martin Luther famously said we need 3 conversions: heart, mind, and purse. In so doing, he raises an ethical question—What is the role of money?
There are many questions such as this one.
Simply put, Christian ethics applies the framework of our faith to the demands and choices of human existence. It is as simple as applying what we believe to our daily decisions and as complex as responding to multi–layered global issues.
We can easily make ethical choices based on feelings, cultural pressure, or our pursuit of comfort. In contrast, the Christian faith provides us with Scripture, the life of Jesus, and Kingdom principles.
This year, “Ethically Speaking” will seek to serve as a catalyst in our thinking on subjects from alcohol to pornography and from refugees to racism.
Of this we can be assured: Ethically strong men and women and movements formed by such principled people, change the world for good.
I want to be counted among them.
The instinct to protect human life is a universally fixed value. However, since the beginning of time, abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide have also been part of the human story.
Today, such scenarios are increasingly enacted with changing legislation and implemented with medical sophistication.
The Salvation Army, along with other global Christian denominations, vigorously affirms the sanctity of life, asserting that all people are made in the image of God, and thus conferred with innate dignity.
BREATH OF LIFE Scripture records that God forms the human “and breathes into his nostrils the breath of life.” Today, God still gives us our first breath, and we continue to depend on Him to give us each breath we breathe, says Walter Brueggemann.
ABUNDANT LIFE In Christ, the gospel of life is incarnated and proclaimed. So we believe life is sacred because God becomes human in Christ and that life is at the heart of the gospel message to the entire world. Thus, we are always to care and cure if possible, never to harm or induce death.
ETERNAL LIFE No greater indication of the sanctity of human life exists than the promise of eternal life made available through Jesus Christ. Humans are unique in this. This “lively confidence” enables us to both fight death and then make peace when our time to enter heaven approaches.
As the Nicene Creed triumphantly concludes, “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.”