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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Life Is Precious

Scott Harrup
Jan. 23, 2011

Abortion on demand and physician-assisted suicide are stark realities. How heartbreaking to think that several thousand American babies die every single day by abortion. According to a report on Oregon’s assisted-suicide law, “During 2009, 55 physicians issued a total of 95 prescriptions for a fatal dose of barbiturates to their patients. Of these, 59 used them — or medication supplied in previous years — to commit suicide.”

But even as headlines remind us of these tragedies, there is evidence in our society of a continued commitment to preserve life. A news item on the radio caught my attention recently. A young woman, profoundly disabled, did not have to be placed in a care facility because nurses and life-giving equipment were provided for her parents to help keep her alive and at home.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our nation promoted life at all ages regardless of the challenges? The highest ideals expressed by our founding fathers resonate with a call to preserve life: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV). Followers of Christ have a biblical mandate to diminish the loss of life and promote its infinite value. I’m convinced the body of Christ is divinely resourced to meet every challenge associated with that mandate. The real question is, how willing are each of us to embark on that journey?

That’s a crucial question in Maria Bundrick’s article on adoption and in this issue’s interview with Robert Michels, administrator of Assemblies of God Family Services Agency. To fully recognize the sanctity of human life requires more than protecting a child from an abortionist; it requires a commitment to nurture that child both physically and spiritually.

This Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, the Evangel offers readers the opportunity to prayerfully evaluate what they can do in that broader arena of life.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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