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Ask A PastorDecember 16, 2015

Ask A Pastor

By Rev. Syd Osenbaugh, Associate Pastor

The Healing Place (Nashville Assembly of God)

The year was 1924. The Loeb/Leopold murder case was stirring emotions around the country. Two wealthy teenage boys had committed murder just to see what it was like – just because they could. The country was shocked and appalled. It was an outrage to see the innocent life of Bobby Franks ended prematurely for the sake of those older boys’ amusement. His life had value and those who took it should have to pay the consequence!

The year is now 2015. A single act of violence rarely merits much attention these days regardless of the motive behind it. Mass murders have happened repeatedly this year. Numerous lives have been ended senselessly. The stories are becoming almost commonplace.

Nearly one million children will have their lives ended before they have even had the opportunity to draw their first breath this year. Their contributions to society will never be known. The love they could have brought to a family will be sadly missing.

At what point did life become so disposable?

Over the years there has been a desensitization taking place. Things that were once enough to cause jaws to drop are simply the mundane stuff of life these days.

Scripture teaches that each individual was created by God, formed by His will in the womb of the mother. Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made according to the Psalmist, David. (Psalm 139) Every day of life was already written into the Lord’s book before even one of them came to be. God has known you since before you were born – and has loved you all that time! He values each one of us. Our lives are sacred – holy – in the sight of God.

We are not worthy of any kind of respect on our own merit. There is nothing that we could do to earn the favor of God. The continual downhill spiral of man’s behavior is proof enough of that. Murder has gone from shocking to expected. Abortion, once something only discussed in dark alleys, is heralded as a form of ‘birth control’ by some. Our elders are no longer respected for their wisdom. Instead there is greater and greater pressure to only live as long as you can have a quality life (as defined by whom?). The Bible makes it plain that the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9) Apart from God, the intent of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5) That does not sound like anything holy at all!

With God all things are possible! It is the love of God poured out into our hearts that speaks of the hope that comes from Him. Paul tells us that when we were unholy sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) It is through embracing that sacrifice and stepping into a life made full by the love of Jesus that we become brand new – fresh creations. And that is a life that is truly sacred.