sanctity of human life

On Sunday we remembered “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” It’s been the habit of Christians in the United States to do so every January. That timing coincides with the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

We associate Sanctity of Life with the 5th Commandment, “You shall not kill.” God is clear taking human life is out-of-bounds for us. But, isn’t the 5th Commandment about more than just not-killing?

Perhaps you know Martin Luther’s explanation of the 5th Commandment in the Small Catechism. (We still teach it to our students in confirmation class today!) For each of the Commandments, Luther wrote a response to, “What does this mean?” On the 5th Commandment, he wrote, “We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.”

So today, consider how God is giving you opportunities to be Pro-Life. Absolutely, be educated on abortion procedures and facts and other Life issues (check out http://www.lutheransforlife.org). But it also involves just asking who could use some help. Is someone sick? Who could use some support and care? It’s all part of a Christian witness that is holistically Pro-Life.