You shall not murder. Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17 Murder includes homicide, abortion, euthanasia and suicide. God’s good and holy command is given to protect your life and mine. Life is God’s good creation. Death is no friend of life and certainly not a stage in the so-called, “cycle of life.” From womb to tomb, God calls us as Christian people to confess Him as the author and sustainer of life, to speak well of life, and to work within our various callings to protect and preserve life. The Lord says, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…. (Jeremiah 1:5)
John’s epistle takes a look at our heart and reveals more to us: Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer… That indictment hits home for us who may be able to control outward sins of murder but struggle to uphold God’s command in our hearts. Rather than hate our neighbor, Paul writes, If your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
The call to protect life and speak of life as God speaks is an activity for us that is never ending. Guarding one’s heart and controlling your actions is one thing, but we are also called to speak well of life and to protect the lives of neighbors. The Proverb says, Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. God calls those who can speak up to speak up for those who often can’t speak or who won’t be heard…. the mute, the unborn child, the little toddler, the abused, the deathly sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the aged, and the handicapped.
At Faith Lutheran School of Plano we confess life is a gift from God that we are called to honor and uphold, speak well of, defend and protect within our various vocations. We confess Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth and the LIFE. In Christ we live and move and have our being. Because of Christ’s life and all-atoning, life-giving death for us and for our salvation, we know and believe through faith in the blessings of God for life now and the fullness of life after our own death in the New Heavens and the New Earth.