When I’m scrolling through my social media feeds, it takes something significant for me to “stop the scroll”. Reading a post a couple of weeks ago by an acquaintance, whom I met while on a mission trip to India several years ago, made me stop.
As you may know, India is having severe challenges with the virulent spread of the Coronavirus. Thousands of people each day are dying.
He said that the problem wasn’t that India didn’t have the resources to stop the spread of COVID-19; the problem is that there is a lack of value for human life.
Now, that’s just one man’s opinion, but this is his nation and his culture he’s talking about. He understands it far better than I ever could. And this is a sad assessment indeed.
I fear it is not limited to India, nor to the issue of the pandemic.
It’s a deep pond we’d be wading into, filled with quicksand, were we to begin the journey; this is not the forum for such conversation. But you know the issues as well as I do: once-civilized societies are demonstrating a lack of value for human life, whether at its beginning, its end, or its middle.
How do we turn that around?
One simple step is for all of us – starting with followers of Jesus, but spreading to all of society – to treat every other person as Jesus would treat him or her. This doesn’t mean agreeing on everything; it doesn’t mean approving of everything; what it does mean is that each person has value because each person is made in God’s image.
Not every cultural or religious tradition grasps this, but as Christians, we do.
Let’s set the example.
“So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them” (Genesis 1.27, NLT).