The world was in the dark grips of Imperial Rome and polygamy, abortion, abandonment and infanticide were the order of the day. Along came Jesus and reinstituted the sanctity of monogamy, one woman, one man, for life. He taught His followers the value of womanhood, thus the value of marriage and children, to society at large.
John Ortberg, in an interview with Joe Carter about John’s new book, Who Is This Man, in answer to Mr. Carter’s question, “How did Jesus change the perception and value of children?” stated:
“In the ancient world, children were commonly left to die of exposure if they were the wrong sex (guess which one), or sold into slavery and often used sexually. O.M. Bakke, a Norwegian church historian, has written that Jesus’ blessing of children and His using them as an example to be spiritually emulated, was essentially unprecedented, and led to the eventual end of practices like exposure and infanticide, as well as such innovations as orphanages and godparents.”
Christians, as salt of the earth, must grasp the truth that we are not on earth to acquiesce to the whims, often murderous ones, of the world about us, but to preserve the sanctity of values given to us by Christ that promote lasting relationships and enduring societies.
As did Christ, Christians must from time to time reaffirm biblical values at whatever cost. The values Christ reaffirmed are under blatant attack today.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly