2010-08-01 - What is the Opposite of
Taking a Life?
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 37
Sixth Commandment, Part 5
What is the opposite of taking a life?
Maybe then for us as Christians, it isnt enough not to take a life,
but we should also protect life, do what we can to improve the life of men.
Isnt that what John is saying here? What are some ways this can be
John also points out Christ is our example. Instead of taking the lives of
men, He offered up His own life to save them. We are also called to offer
up ourselves for those around us. We are called to be servants to mankind.
Our task is to model Christ for others, so that with the work of the Holy
Spirit, they will also desire to follow after Him.
There are a number of ways we can protect life. We can carry out a positive
approach to this command, as John identified it. First there is the area
of the literal protecting of life. This deals with taking a stand against
abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. We as believers are called to stand
for the oppressed.
But John also calls us to even more than this. He calls us to a responsibility
to care for one another, the quality of life. This is like what Dr. Falwell
did with the Save a Baby Program. It isnt enough to say
that abortion is wrong. and to try to stop it. One must also be concerned
about the mother, and what is to happen to the baby when it is saved. His
program takes the mother and cares for her. In addition, where the baby is
still not wanted, a Christian home is found..
Again: But whoever has the worlds goods and
beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the
love of God abide in him? It isnt enough to just save
lives, we as believers must also use what the Lord has provided to us, to
provide for those lives. We are to be concerned about both the spiritual
and physical needs of those around us.
To be continued.
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