The command regarding not unlawfully taking another life is not just a prohibition.
All human life is sacred and valuable as reflection of the image of God. That is not just something we acknowledge in stopping from illegally taking. It’s something we acknowledge in actively celebrating life. We have an idea about that when it comes to the new birth and the annual reminder of the time of that birth. It’s not just about waiting for those moments to celebrate life.
Every day we get to celebrate. When we look at the mirror and agree with God’s view of us, it’s reason to smile and treat ourselves like we are made in His image. When we look at another image bearer, their face may give the impression that life is grim. Life indeed may be grim. The active response in the light of the life we have been given is to offer whatever we can to help them remember who they are as God made them to be.
It’s not a pipe dream. It’s a meaningful conversation, it’s sharing time in a coffee shop, it’s sharing a meal and quality time with others, it’s sharing a tear in quietness, it’s sharing a laugh, it’s sharing space for expression and sharing the capacity to receive insight and wisdom to enjoy all of life with all our strength and soul, not just individually, but for a collective experience of what it means to live.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden