My initial excitement about eight tiny babies being born successfully in California this week has turned to dismay.
Yes, all human life is indeed precious in the sight of God becuase all humans bear the image of God (Gen 1:27). So all human life is to be protected and cared for from the miraculous moment of conception to natural death.
But then I heard that the mother of these eight newborns – who conceived them by firtility treatments – already has six children at home under seven years old, including 2-year old twins! And now I just discovered that she is a single mom, living at home with her mother in a three bedroom house while her dad returns to Iraq to work!
All sorts of questions pop into my mind. What doctor would ever perform firtility treatments on a single mom? With six children under seven? That sounds unprofessional and unethical. At the very least a grave lapse in judgment. Unless … unless there was money to be made.
And what is this woman thinking? Why would she want to add a single child (let alone eight!) by firtility treatment when she already had six at home? Who was she thinking of when she made this decision – her children?
It seems to me that in both cases – both the doctor and the mother – that there is monumental selfishness involved here. And selfishness is the sin du jour, the foible of the age, the bight red bull’s eye for the arrows of Satan’s temptations in our culture.
“God, please forgive us for all the times we put ourselves first. And, please God, open our eyes to the rampant culture of self-centered living that surrounds us and threatens to drown us in our own cares, our own comfort, and our own convenience. Please Father, help us to be JOYful — J=Jesus, O=others, Y=yourself — putting Jesus and others first, before ourselves. We pray this for the sake of Your name and Your glory. Amen and amen.”
Resting in Him,