With all the terrible things that have been happening in the world lately, I’ve been thinking and praying about why it is that people can kill others so easily. A group of people can plan attacks that kill over 100 innocents just out to enjoy an evening on the town or watching a sporting event or listening to music. A married couple can leave their 6-month-old baby (!!) and murder 14 people at their Christmas party.
It must be because, for some people, life simply has no meaning or value.
For the Muslim couple that killed 14 people in San Bernadino last week, even their OWN lives did not have value. They were willing to sacrifice their own lives in this attack and leave their daughter an orphan. The attackers in Paris felt the same.
Look at the epidemic of heroin addiction happening right here in Ohio. If your life doesn’t have value, it’s easy to fall into addiction and very difficult to do the hard work to get healthy. If others’ lives don’t have value, selling drugs becomes a great way to get rich.
What about the violence happening in our inner cities? Small children are being murdered in gang initiations and drive-by shootings right here in Cleveland. Young people seeking to prove that their life DOES matter to someone, to ANYONE, are willing to murder innocents for a chance to belong.
Look at this picture. It’s legal in all 50 states to kill this tiny human.
It’s a scientific fact that this human has never existed before in history and never will exist again. In some states killing a pregnant woman counts as two murders. Why does one unborn life matter, and the other doesn’t?
In the Middle East, Christians are being murdered because they will not deny their faith. Syria’s government is killing its own citizens in a desperate bid to hang on to power, driving refugees to gamble everything in trying to get themselves and their families to safety.
For those of us raising children, these cultural changes and the danger happening in our world are terrifying. Will our children value all life?
Which lives matter? Only white lives? Only American lives? Only born lives? Only human lives?
The truth is that ALL lives matter. It doesn’t matter gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, born vs. unborn, even species. All life is precious and is meant to be treated gently and with respect.
The question is, how do we raise children that will respect life? I don’t know the answer to that question. I think it begins with talking about the question, though, opening the conversation with our children about the value of life.
QUESTION: How can we make sure our kids know that all life has value?