Today my heart is heavy. In the past few days and weeks, I have been confronted with the reality that we live in a society that does not value human life.
- A few weeks ago in Orlando (has it already been that long!), nearly 50 people were murdered in cold blood, an act I can’t even comprehend, no matter the shooter’s ideology. This was a deliberate attack motivated by devaluing LGBTQ and minority lives.
- Just a couple days ago, five out of eight people decided common sense health regulations didn’t make sense, endangering the lives of countless women and babies. The Supreme Court ruling on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt established the idea of the “right” to abortion as greater than the value of human lives.
My grief over both incidents stems from the same source – I believe in the sanctity of life, in particular human life.
I do NOT make a distinction between one human life and another, whether progressive or conservative, LGBTQ or Little Sisters of the Poor, an octogenarian Supreme Court Justice or an unborn child. All life has value, has purpose, has meaning. All of it.
All human life has value.
The past few years have been increasingly turbulent as violent outbursts and domestic terrorist attacks have become more and more common, something unheard of when I was growing up. However, rather than digging out the root of the issue, because our society as a whole has doesn’t properly value life, all life has become politicized.
- It’s not about gun control.
- It’s not about “pro choice” or “pro life” positions.
- It’s not about welfare or immigration or hate speech.
- It’s not about insulating ourselves, building barriers to protect ourselves, or blaming others for our condition.
It’s about honoring, respecting, and valuing lives, all lives, every life, even sometimes at the expense of our other “rights.”
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.
Life comes first!
I don’t have the answers to the problems facing our country, but I do know that our political posturing only makes the situation worse and a solution that much more difficult to find. Rather, I believe a focus on preserving LIFE should be our guiding principle.
- Life should take precedence over comfort and convenience.
- Life should take precedence over ideological differences.
- Life should take precedence over “an undue burden.”
Have we become so addicted to comfort and so entrenched in our ideologies that we are no longer willing to preserve life at all costs?
How would the news stories of the past few weeks – or the past couple of years – have played out differently if the decision-makers had chosen to value life first and foremost? What about the stories we are reading today? What about the stories that will be published tomorrow? Can we change the outcomes?