The value of the human life

So I heard the average yearly income of a Haitian family is maybe $1,000.  That was before the earthquake struck.  I further heard that in Port-au-Prince the unemployment rate prior to the earthquake was about 80 percent.  Eighty percent?  Unbelievable.  Every part of me wants that figure to be wrong.

I watched the amazing scenes of the search-and-rescue teams from all over the world still pulling people alive from the debris even a week after the earthquake.  And then the little 5-year-old today after 8 days.  Truly unbelievable.

One Chinese spokesperson for his team was interviewed after a man was pulled out after a week.  He said, “We had to do this.  This man got his life back.  We are all so happy.”

The global community gets the innate value of the human life. 

These words of Jesus come to mind. “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul?”  Mark 8:36-37

Jesus put a high premium on life, saying it is of inestimable worth.

But what about those who did not get rescued?  Again, I defer to Jesus.  “And what about the 18 people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them?  Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?  No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”  Luke 13:4-5

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner…

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