Today is the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. This decision and the support that many give this decision indicates that we need a fresh understanding that each and every human being has been created in the image of God. This means that life is sacred from the womb to the tomb.
This sacred approach is a demonstration of the second part of the Great Commandment given to us by Jesus – to love our neighbor. Below is a list of some of our neighbors. I am indebted to one of the elders in our church, Brace Case. Brace preached this morning along these lines and stirred my thought process. I have created this list keeping in mind that some have justified the demeaning of these neighbors.
1. The Unborn – the sacred under attack by abortion.
2. The Children
A. The Fatherless – the sacred under attack by fathers who are missing through death and abandonment.
B. The Exploited – the sacred under attack by pedophiles.
3. The Elderly – the sacred under attack by a society attempting to push them out of the way.
4. The Mentally and Physically Challenged – the sacred under attack by those who abuse or belittle.
5. The Ethnic Groups – the sacred under attack by racism.
6. The Poor
A. The Hungry – feed them and you feed Jesus.
B. The Naked – clothe them and you clothe Jesus.
C. The Homeless – shelter them and you shelter Jesus.
6. The Prisoner – visit them and you visit Jesus.
7. The Sick – the sacred under attack by euthanasia.
8. The Genders – the sacred under attack by sexism and sexual slavery.
9. The Nations – the sacred under attack by unjust war.
Our neighbors – love them.