The Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
by Noah Hefley
July 02, 2022
Max Lucado tells in his book, The Applause of Heaven, about a sweater that hangs in his closet. He says he seldom wears it because it is too small, the sleeves are too short, the shoulders too tight, some of the buttons are missing, and the thread is frazzled. Logically, he says, he should throw out that sweater since he has no use for it and will never wear it again. It simply takes up space in his closet. That is what logic says. But love, he reports, won’t let him.
Why not? What is unusual about that sweater? To start with, it has no label, no tag telling you “Wash in cold water.” That is because it wasn’t made in a factory, produced on an assembly line as the product of a nameless employee earning a living. Rather, it was the creation of a devoted mother expressing her love—his mother. That sweater is unique, one of a kind, irreplaceable. Each strand was chosen with care, each thread selected with affection. Therefore, even though that sweater has lost all of its use, it has lost none of its value. It is valuable not because of its function, but because of its MAKER. So is each life.
Indeed, scripture teaches that every person is the creation of God and we are loved by God. Here is the word of the Lord on this matter:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5).
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together…your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-16).
Interestingly, science is starting to catch up to scripture. We now know that after conception, the unborn baby has—
· A heartbeat at 18 to 25 days.
· Eyes begin to develop at 19 days.
· Arms and legs begin to develop at 28 days.
· The skeleton is complete at 42 days.
· At 43 days, brain waves can be recorded.
· At 8 weeks, the child responds to touch.
· At 9 to 10 weeks, the baby will squint, swallow and move his tongue.
· At 11 to 12 weeks, fingernails are present along with every major organ, digestion, and even the baby sucks his thumb. (All of this is in the 1st trimester).
This is a baby in the making and this unborn child is precious to God and should be to us. This is the word of the Lord for us!
As you know by now, the U.S. Supreme Court released a historic ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization more than a week ago, overturning the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision from 1973, and sending abortion decisions back to the states. Since the 1973 ruling, almost 50 years ago, more than 60 million babies have been aborted. This has been a great national tragedy! People of faith, who accept the scripture’s teaching that life begins at conception, have prayed and advocated for this change of law all these years and are so grateful for this new ruling. However, the job is not done! The question of abortion is now a state-by-state decision and we must work now on the state level to see that the preborn are protected and that pro-life measures are passed in law. This is our civic duty and Christian responsibility!
Finally, our greatest weapon is prayer so I hope you will join me in praying for:
· The work of pregnancy centers (our church supports this local work).
· Those who have had an abortion that they might experience the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness through repentance for their sins.
· Our loving ministry and positive witness to those who have been broken because of the lies of the sexual revolution.
· More families to open their homes to foster care and adoption for the children in need.
On the threshold of a national day for celebrating our country’s independence, let me remind you that everyone, including the unborn, should have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May it be so!
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