We all must learn to value lifeBy BRETT CAMPBELL,
Don’t commit murder.
It’s one of those prohibitions the majority of humans see as a given. But the heart behind the letter of the law is always the most important part.
Life is valuable, important, and to be treasured. Part of loving others as yourself is this basic understanding.
When others don’t think this way, and treat you like your life is worthless, your basic valuing of human life allows you to do everything in your power to preserve your own.
In the law of Moses, just two chapters after the Ten Commandments are outlined, we find, “If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is struck and killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty of murder” (Exodus 22:2).
Jesus stated what his listeners understood already — “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed” (Luke 11:21).
Would you use a firearm to defend your home and family? What about a baseball bat? What about calling the (armed) police or sheriff’s department?
Isn’t it really about the intent? The heart behind it?
No matter your position in the long-persistent debate over gun ownership, we as people are expected by our creator to value life — every one, including our own.
It covers the issues of murder, abortion, euthanasia, the state of the homeless, the hungry, the poor, the oppressed, the prisoner, the racist, the person who believes differently than you — it doesn’t exclude anyone. Not one.
It starts with loving God, honestly. Then seeing every person as one God created and loves.
Love ‘em all; let God sort them out.
Brett Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-934-0901.