Sunday, August 30, 2015

Life Matters

I have been so troubled by the recent events in our country. When did we get to the place that we have to remind one another and perhaps ourselves that life matters? People who were attending their midweek Bible study gunned down because of the color of their skin. Black lives matter! Broadcasting on air, doing their job, a reporter and camera man gunned down. Their lives matter! While putting gas in his patrol car a man gunned down because of his uniform. Police officers' lives matter! And the unborn, those that have no voice that are killed each day at a rate that surpasses any other. Yes their lives matter!

Why do lives matter? Does one's life matter because of the color of their skin, does a life matter because of the profession they choose? What about nationality, does a person matter more that is born in America? Then there is a person who worships a god other than the one true God, does their life still matter? Does a life stop having value when someone makes me mad, wrongs me or opposes my belief? And what about when news of a new life, one with a beating heart, but yet has yet to take her first breath, utter his first sound and is an inconvenience to the life I have planned, does that life matter?

Lives matter not because who we are, but because of the ONE that gave us value! John 3:16 was the first verse from the Bible that I learned. For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life. That verse sums up why life matters! Life matters because Jesus died for us! Jesus didn't suffer a cruel death on the cross for one group of people, one color of people, one nationality of people. He died so the world could experience salvation and receive forgiveness of sins, so that the gunmen could ask to be forgiven, so that the woman who feels desperate could seek forgiveness, so that you could seek forgiveness and so that I could seek forgiveness. Black lives matter because Jesus died for them, officers lives matter because Jesus died for them, the unborn lives matter because Jesus died for them, my life matters because Jesus died for me and your life matters because Jesus died for you!

L I F E   M A T T E R S
John 3:16

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