Thursday Thoughts: Value of Life

I was driving on my lunch break and it crossed my mind how different the world would be if we valued life more or taught the next generation to value life more.

We talk about how gun violence gets worse and worse. Abortion is a huge headline lately in the news. The past few years bullying has been reported on heavily. There have been many conversations about what is right and wrong, what should be done to correct these issues, and what is in store for our future if we do nothing.

What I want to ask is, how much of this would change if we valued life more? We forget that we are made in the image of God. That should me a lot to us. We have attributes that are the same as the One that made the heavens and the Earth. In the Bible nothing else is stated as being made in the image of God. Humans are different in that aspect. For that very reason we should value life greatly. Life is so precious! As a biochemist, it amazes me how delicate life can be? A little bit of a chemical imbalance here or there and our life is done.

If we taught our children to value everyone’s life more would we have the issues with racism? Would we have the murder rates we have now? Would we have the issues with abortion? Would there be less bullying?

Just thoughts I had while driving. We try to legislate all of these issues, but if we taught the next generations to value life, would that change things more?

Thursday Thoughts: How Do We Respond?

How do you respond when someone that doesn’t believe what you believe makes an angry comment to you? Now I want to ask the harder question. If someone responded to you, how you answered the first question, would your be offended and ready to argue/fight?

I have a very sarcastic sense of humor, sometimes my quick wit doesn’t get filtered like it should. If I’m being honest, if someone answered me like I’ve answered some people, I might not respond well. It’s hard, when someone responds to our beliefs negatively. It’s even harder when they’re mean about it. We’re like anyone else, we want people to like us, we want people to agree with our thinking, and we want people to agree with our beliefs.

How we respond

How we respond to negative comments can be the strongest testimony that we have. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Many times we think we need to one up the person, we need to show them up, we have to give them more venom than they gave us. All this does is escalate the matter. I discussed Proverbs 15:1 more in this post.

I’m not saying we can’t respond, but we need to make sure our responses are appropriate and not said to stir up an argument. Discussions are good, arguments polarize the two sides.

What bothers me, is the hatred that fills the comments of facebook and twitter from people on Christian pages. That is the worst thing we can do. Those comments can be screenshot and distributed or posted on other pages. Where it can be said, “look at how these Christians responded?” It’s also social media comments that can be filtered. There is time to look at what you post and ask yourself if it is appropriate and if we’re giving a soft answer. I get some hateful comments on here, sometimes my first reaction is to give a snarky comment back. If we’re going to be an example of Christ, we can’t let our flesh be our guide in how we respond.

I try to always respond with some humor. I try to understand that they don’t believe what I believe so I’m different from them. We should always keep that in perspective too. Many times they think what we believe is absolutely absurd. If we handle situations like everyone else, all they see is we’re like them but say we are not. Actions speak louder than words. We need to remember that when we respond.

Thursday Thought-Healing Our Hurt

Last night we had our small group at church. We were talking about hurt and why the heart was the hardest thing to protect in a spiritual sense. The heart is what supplies the nutrients to the rest of our body. If there is something wrong with our heart the rest of our body feels it even if it’s small. So even if someone has hurt us severely, we have to go through the process of forgiving. Forgiving is a mental state, they emotions will be there still, but forgiving is us saying we’re going to make a change to heal. Taking this step is the only way to heal that hurt. God forgives us and embraces us every time. He doesn’t say “I forgive you” but holds us at arms length. Are we forgiving like God does? Only by relying on God can we forgive like him.