What Does Sanctity of Life Mean These Days Anyway?

In a day and age where the sanctity of life has come to mean saving the baby animals, (save the baby seals! save the whales, save the …….) rather than saving the baby humans, where people make a decision whether or not to abort (throw away) their baby based on convenience or finances, there are loving and “deserving” couples who would give anything to save and have their baby.

Over the past week, our family has been through a huge emotional upheaval as we have experienced one of the saddest and most tragic losses. Our sweet daughter and her loving husband had to bury their first born after 32 weeks gestation. As far as we could tell, Nellie was perfect! I’ve known many babies to live a healthy, normal life who were born younger than that. And yet, at the same time, we know that it is actually legal to abort a baby that late into the pregnancy. How tragic! How appalling!

How is it that society has come to that? How is it that the sanctity of human life has come to have very little meaning in our culture?

I believe that this disregard to human life is founded in a disregard and lack of reverence to the Creator of all life. Our society has become so human centered where our worship is a worship of ourselves. It’s all about me. It’s all about humans being at the center of the universe. We’ve gotten so off-base. In fact, it’s modern day idolatry:

All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms. Read more Here.

If we really and truly saw God as the Creator of the Universe and revered Him then we would have a much different perspective on human life. We would see humans as “created in the image of God” and we would believe that

“In Him we live,

and move,

and have our being.”

Not in “Self”.

And we wouldn’t dare destroy this little life being formed in the womb but would do everything we could to protect it and nurture it.

That would be our part – to see the Divine as the Divine Creator and ourselves as the created, not the center of it all.

So what does the sanctity of life actually mean today? What does it mean to you?

If these thoughts and musing from a grieving mother and grand mother strike a chord with you, please share this and leave your comments too.

Thank you!

May you be blessed and inspired!

Dayna Camp

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