A treasure or a choice

The Disciples may have thought they were simply an annoyance. They did not want them anywhere near Jesus. But Jesus commanded that they be brought to him. He said “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) We are talking about children.

The bible has another word for children. No it’s not “pain in the neck” nor is it “hardship”. The Bible makes it clear that children are a treasure. It uses terms like “a heritage from the Lord”,  “a reward” (Psalm 127:3), “crown of the aged” (Psalm 17:6) when referring to children.

It is a shame that a large portion of today’s society no longer seem to hold children in the same regard. Many are prepared to treat children as unwanted burdens. This year alone there has been over 8 million abortions worldwide. (worldometers.info/abortions)

In 2003 Eastern Europe had more abortions than live births. The countries included Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia and the Ukraine. On average each woman in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia had close to 3 abortions each in their life time. (euro.who.int/en/facts-and-figures-about-abortion-in-the-european-region) In 2012 Russia had 42 abortions per 100 live births. (forbes.com-Are-there-really-13-abortions-for-every-10-live-births-in-Russia/)

From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. “Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.” (abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/) It is predicted that at the current rate of abortion, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion in their life time. In the United States only 12% of woman surveyed claimed health reason for the abortion and only 1% said it was due to rape. (abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/) Of all the women surveyed who had abortions, 75% said their reasons were due to work, school or other responsibility. The same percentage said they could not afford to have a baby.

Based on the data it appears that the primary reason for the devaluation of children and human life is the powerful dollar. Although we should be sympathetic towards those living in poverty who say they cannot afford a child, it still does not make it right to terminate a life. As for those who choose career, college and other economic opportunities over life, are in effect saying money and career are of greater value than human life.

The bible makes it clear that for the focal point of our lives to be wealth and possessions, amounts to foolishness, since these treasures are temporary and easily perishable, (Matthew 6:19), while a life in God’s hands is forever.

 

 

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