Sanctity of Life Sunday is a day to remember that life is a precious gift from God, whether it moments after conception or a frail, unconscious person moments from taking his last breath. Life is precious.
Several years ago, my first Christian mentor died of brain cancer. His final days were painful. His son, Jason, however, saw his father’s life as precious. The church that Jason pastored also saw his father’s life as precious and gave Jason all the time he needed to be with his father before he died. Jason wrote a thank you to his church:
Because of your kindness, I could be one to help Dad in those last few weeks when he first couldn’t put on his shoes, then his clothes, then couldn’t move from one place to another alone. You made it possible for me to be the one to spend his last night with, hold his hand, tell him I loved him, and witness his leaving for Home. “Thank you” will never seem like enough, but there are no other words (from an open letter to his church).
There are many today in our nation who would suggest that a lot of trouble, pain, and expense could be spared if, when someone like my friend got to the point of no return, we should simply inject them with a lethal drug and get it over with. It would be more convenient for everyone.
Abortion is a convenience issue as well. People will say that abortions are sometimes necessary to save the mother’s life; they pretend that there is a great medical necessity for abortions (a late-term abortion is NEVER medically necessary to save a mother’s life because the baby can be taken via C-section). The simple fact is that the vast majority of abortions are performed out of convenience, despite the rationalizations that might be put forth to justify it.