"The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away." (Psalms 90:10)
Our earthly journey is brief. David’s desired 70 years have not been extended by much in modern times. Even if they had, any improvement to man’s life expectancy would pale before the prospect of death and eternity.
Factor in the randomness of nature, it’s endemic calamities and illnesses, and the sensation of expectancy regarding the future shrinks to… take each day as a gift.
The threat of violence is incessant. An inadvertent intersection with sociopathic wickedness could take us out at any moment. It is always a harsher tragedy when a life is cut short by violence from a fellow human being. Man killing man is abhorrent and godless. It wrenches a unique soul from the lives of those who will always miss the intimacy and wisdom that should still be theirs.
How do we arrive at a perceived right of one human being to take the life of another? We should be mindful of our neighbor’s mortality… aware of our mutually shared vulnerability. We should be even more mindful of our neighbor’s immortality. No one has a legitimate claim of divine right to extinguish the life of another.
Nature is mortal; we shall outlive her. When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive.
Our humanity is a sojourn in a temporal world. But it is also a walk among beings of like kind: we walk among immortals. We commune with souls that never die. If we were more mindful of this, wouldn’t we stretch our conversation and camaraderie to things deeper… and truly transcendent? Each encounter would feel a bit more sacred. Our celebration of life would be more sharply focused and consistent, hour by hour, day by day.
We desire for our fellow man the freedom to seek and choose, to think and come to conclusions of his own… to not be coerced, threatened, imprisoned or killed for not bowing to the whims of a despot, or to the cavalier inhumanity of those who would manipulate his thinking for reasons devoid of respect for the individual.
I want the right of life,
We don’t ask for special favors. But nor do we meekly acquiesce to humanly contrived obstacles in our path. We can dream, can’t we? Martin Luther King, Jr. did… and he inspired many others to dream, too.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
No child should ever be born—anywhere or any time—with limitations to his future imposed by other human beings.
Our cry for freedom is a plea for fairness. No, it’s not about material gain. What we want is the freedom to think and choose for ourselves. It is the desire for access! We want the same opportunities we think should be offered to all… unfettered by dark histories, prejudice, caste systems, generational pockets of inbred hopelessness and exploitation.
Who has the right to trample on the free will and pristine potential of each human being to have access to the same opportunities all should have? Thwarting any individual’s right to an unrestrained search for meaning and fulfillment… or disrespecting another’s quest to discover true life in Jesus Christ… advertises a base, contemptible worldview.
We were made in the image of God. He has provided all that is necessary for our personal, eternal salvation. He invites all to seek redemption and renewal… to be transformed into the image of the Son of God himself. We can all have equal access to God! He has made himself available through the offering of his Son.
"For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29)
Far from despising, oppressing or belittling anyone… our task is to clear the way so other people—all just like us—can see the Cross and understand its meaning for them.
Any talk that does not help fellow, immortal humans everywhere to find eternal salvation in Christ is not just a waste of time… it adds to the growing pile of garbage rotting in the roadway that distorts the view of a loving God who would pour his love and eternal salvation into men’s hearts.
What do you do here? Are you adding to the rubbish pile that would only hinder the view of the Cross? Or are you doing your part so others have a clear line of site?
It’s one or the other. And only one makes any sense at all.
Greg grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI. His ministry began in 1976: 5 years in Central America, 36 in Mexico. Church planting and discipleship have been his passion.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." -Matthew 13:44
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6
To highlight one essential facet of the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ... Rev 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:18