We are Those Who Celebrate Life
We don’t need October 31st to remind us that Christians live as an anomaly in a culture of death. But it should be a stark reminder to us in a world that dishonors the value of human life that we are different. We are those who celebrate life. October 31st is a celebration for us of the re-discovery of that Biblical truth that, “the righteous shall live by faith” (Habbakuk 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
I want to introduce you to the story of a woman named Esther. Not the Esther of Scripture, but a woman who showed a good example of how Christians face sickness, suffering, and death. As Christians we don’t make light of death as the media and culture does. Every so often we ought to re-evaluate our choices in entertainment.
Do the things we watch value human beings as created in the image of God? Or, are we numbed to the body count of those who are pictured as dying before our eyes, many times violently? I was reminded of that again with the Las Vegas massacre. In an age of instant video, as a believer in Christ, I never want to be one who chooses to watch people be murdered. Not only do we need to do this with reality, but we have to be careful with the simulated reality we see on the “silver screen.”
We are those who have been brought from death to life because of Jesus Christ. We are those for whom death has been defeated. We cry out with the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, “Death is swallowed up in victory,” “O death, where is your victory?” “O death, where is your sting?” And we are those who look forward to and long for the bodily resurrection that is to come when Jesus Christ returns for His bride, the Church.
Culture finds entertainment in things that Christians should abhor. The subtitle to the article about Esther’s story is: “In a state known for legal assisted suicide, one terminally ill young woman instead chose to live each God-given day to its fullest.”
May Esther Ybarra be a Biblical example to us all of how to respect life, even in the most difficult of circumstances. I hope this story is an encouragement to you: https://world.wng.org/2017/09/esther_s_story