The Value of Life
We see it everywhere we look. Our society increasingly
has come to value human beings not for who they are,
but for what they can do.
Sometimes it makes headlines, as with Terri Schiavo,
whose parents are still fighting a high-profile battle
to keep her alive. Sometimes nobody notices: just
one more lonely nursing-home patient or prisoner;
one more tiny life aborted and discarded. If they
don't have something to contribute, we have little
use for them.
It is central to the Christian worldview that all
humans are created in the image of God, even
humans in comas. And we can never treat the
image of God as a means to an end. Humans
are always subjects, never objects.
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