Your life is precious to God. And no one knows why.
That is the great mystery of God's grace. Why does He love us? Why does He do good to us and not evil? It is simply because He loves us, we are precious in His sight. But we don't know why.
God does not need us. He does not owe us anything. We are nothing more to God that the workmanship, the artistry of His hands. He could destroy us with no less thought than we might destroy a picture that we have drawn on a scrap of paper.
Yet God values human life (animal life too, albeit not equally). And so should we.
Of course we know why we should value life: because no one person is created greater than another in the sight of God. You are no better or more precious than I am. I am no more precious than you. The infant in the womb is not less valuable than I am. The elderly woman suffering in a nursing home is not less precious than you.
Amplifying this to an infinite degree is the price which God is willing to pay for our redemption: the blood of His Son. Every human life is one for which Jesus Christ died.
Once Christianity (established by Christ Himself) came on the Greco-Roman scene they began to point out the immorality in the society which surrounded them. They did this primarily, not by publicly condemning others outside of their faith, but by practicing their faith publicly and doing good for others.
One way they did this was through adoption. As in China today, children that were viewed as "undesirable" were cast out. Christians took these outcast children into their homes and loved them.
Similarly, Christians have always stood for the life of the child in the womb. With medical technology today the way it is we cannot deny the humanity of the fetus, embryo, or whatever other title you place upon the life growing in its mother's uterus.
Human life is precious, no matter how small it is, no matter how weak it may be. In fact, it is weak life that needs protection. This applies to the unborn as much as it applies to those who suffer in a hospital bed.
Christians have no interest in stripping away the rights of a mother or a woman. We want ALL people to have equal RIGHTS under the law. ALL includes these precious children who cannot do anything for themselves.
As Christians we have an obligation, a moral imperative, to protect those who cannot protect themselves. [This, of course, is not limited to the unborn. We must keep our eyes open for the poor and destitute, the orphan and the widow, and anyone who might be in need.]
President Obama once said, "No matter what we choose to believe, no God condones the taking of innocent human life." I couldn't agree more. But what we believe about Jesus Christ and the love of God for us amplifies our desire to protect life, to defend life, to stand for life.
[Tomorrow: We stand for Worship!]