This is a powerful argument for the sanctity of life.
If we kill off our unborn babies, we lose the great potential of those human beings and our relationship to them. If we insist on capital punishment, we cut short the activity of grace at work in criminals and all who know them. We do the same when we incarcerate rather than seek to rehabilitate, or choose retaliation before negotiation in global matters.
God has work to do in our world globally and in us personally. If we shut down those possibilities by presuming the worst about ourselves and our humanity, how much of God’s redeeming grace would be lost to us?
The way we understand God is so important. If a Deity created the world, established some rules, and then sat back until Judgment Day, then we are all in trouble. However, if God so loves the world that Jesus entered our skin and our everyday life, showed us one clear path through sin and death, and promised to be with us always to the end of time, we have every reason to hope.
All of us have a longing for union with one another and with the world in which we live. That longing is basic to who we are as daughters and sons of God. This longing is not just sentimental. As God’s creatures, we are truly adopted children of the One we call Love.
We know that we are not alone in this world. God is here, present, active, and powerful. If we want to hear a wise voice that will tell us the truth about ourselves, the world, and our journey through the world, that voice is speaking to us right now. We just have to listen.
Although we humans have caused much evil in human history, that does not diminish God’s available goodness. The Spirit of truth will lead us straight to the best this world can offer, if we are prepared to listen and follow.