The Sanctity of Life and the Folly of Human Nature

Whew, it really is crazy how time flies. I am so glad to be back with you all. Our world continues to be chock-full of uncertainty, angst, and overall calamity. Of particular concern to me is the seeming lack of recognition for the sanctity of human life. The folly of human nature ties right into it. What exactly is the sanctity of human life and how is human nature so full of folly?

The sanctity of human life holds the conviction that human life is somehow holy, set apart, or different from other life forms. Obviously, your worldview determines whether or not you adhere to this belief. I definitely do. We hear this term used a lot in abortion debates, but it extends so much further than that. It means from birth to the end-of-life, human life is sacred and should be treated as such. How does this apply to current events?

Well, there is a divide in American society on how to handle the coronavirus, and what (or if) precautions we should follow to keep our fellow human beings safe. I am going to be very blunt. A virus does not care about your political affiliation, race, or color. COVID-19 is a virus the likes we have not encountered, that we are not immune to, and that can make you very, very sick.

Regardless of the survival rate, it can still have a very profound effect on your health and the health of others. We as followers of Christ are called to love and care for another and to value life (1 Corinthians 13, Mark 12:30-31). If wearing a mask protects the health and life of others, we should do it. That is not an infringement on your rights. Protecting and loving one another supersedes any personal comfort we might desire. Doing anything less is simply selfish. That is my analysis based on scripture and science, you are welcome to debate to me.

According to Merriam-Webster, folly is defined as the “lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight.”  Human nature leans toward it. That is taught by scripture and backed by a lot of psychological evidence. Folly manifests itself in many ways, but I want to focus on one aspect of it— the resistance to change, even when our survival or personal development depends on it. The Harvard Business Review presented some fascinating insight into how this aspect of our folly manifests itself and why we cling onto it like a child does a piece of candy. Some of them included because it means a loss of control, excess uncertainty, and feelings of diminished competence. Boy, does that sound like it has seeped into our culture right now?

Once again, it is not a sociopolitical issue. It affects and infects all of us. There is a lot of information being spread around from both sides of the political spectrum and clear folly and lack of respect for life from both. I suppose that is another reason I am unaffiliated, but I digress.

I want to conclude with a call of action to all of you to unite, to care, and to love. Have respect for human life and defend it on all fronts. Remove any shred of hypocrisy and fear. Ask God to empower you to live according to his infallible truth and act in accordance with his unchanging character. Our lives depend on it.

The simple act of caring is heroic.
~ Edward Albert

Here is a list of facts concerning COVID-19 provided by the CDC to address common rumors. I encourage you all to check it out. Thank you for joining me today. I look forward to joining you all again soon. Like, follow, and comment. I love to hear from you all and I appreciate you. Take care and take it in.

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