Friday, January 27, 2012

Let Us be Judged by God rather than Man

When God is demoted, some other form of judgment must then assume the throne. When God's valuation of human life – the sanctity of life – is rejected, history finds that the State is more than ready to fill the vacuum with its own valuation of life. reports of one type of State valuation:

*Berlin’s “Topography of Terror,” museum, which features exhibits on the murderous crimes of German police forces during the Nazi era, has begun a temporary display on the thousands of children euthanized during the same period as “life unworthy of life”....“Through 1945, over 10,000 [children] fell victim to the various programs which were designed to exterminate ‘life unworthy of living,’” the museum states. “More than 5,000 children and teenagers were tortured and murdered in the Nazi ‘children’s departments’ alone, institutions which were specially created for the purpose of extermination.”

How does the modern State determine whose “life [is] unworthy of life” once it rejects the idea that all human life is holy? The State must evaluate our lives according to its own values. In Nazi Germany, the“life unworthy of life” was exterminated because it failed to conform to the Aryan ideal.

But at least, there was an ideal. Today, we are expendable simply because we fail to conform to prevailing lifestyles and opinions. One blogger thought that a certain psychologist should die because she didn't agree with his sexual politics.

However, more typical is the plight of the unborn who are routinely murdered because they fail to conform to the lifestyle preferences of their mothers. While we ironically condemn the Nazi horrors, we now defend such would-be mothers from any sanction or even criticism. Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform and the Genocide Awareness Project poignantly captures this irony:

*“Isn’t it interesting that people will pay money to go to a museum to see disturbing images of the mistreatment of children, yet many criticize the display of abortion images.  Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to face historic injustices which we didn’t commit; it’s much more difficult to face present-day injustices which we do permit.”

We are outraged by the Nazis but fail to see that we are doing the same types of things. This society will fittingly be condemned by the very standards that it uses in judging. Jesus warned about this very thing:

*“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

Nevertheless, with our God is abundant forgiveness for those who are willing to acknowledge their wrongdoing.

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