"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
His body was beaten, so ours wouldn't be. His side was pierced, so ours wouldn't be.
He was forsaken, so we wouldn't be. It's humanly impossible to fathom the love God showed that day on Calvary. We could meditate on it day and night until Jesus comes again, but we will never fully understand. Like David, we ask, "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him" (Psalm 8:4)?
For a God who is life and the author of life, every heartbeat matters. Black or white, male or female, neurotypical or neurodivergent, life is precious to God.
Unfortunately, our world doesn't agree.
We all know of the US Supreme Court's historical recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and how violence erupted from those opposing the ruling. Prior to the decision, Colorado signed a bill granting women the "right" to abortion while simultaneously declaring, "A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of this state."
Here we are about to celebrate Jesus' birth, and lives are literally being mutilated, lacerated and eliminated, legally. Satan shows no partiality, and he is stealing the lives of God only knows how many babies in Colorado, the US and the world.
What's worse, many young people today find no issue with abortion. In fact, according to Pew Research, 67% of US adults ages 18-29 said abortion should be "legal in all/most cases."
This should outrage all of us who call ourselves Christians, and our response is often, "How can this be?" But remember, only 6% of Millennials and 4% of Gen Zers hold a Biblical worldview. So for two generations who were predominantly brought up outside the church and whose perspectives don't align with God's, the question isn't really, "How can this be," but "Why would it be anything different?"
Now, it's easy to be discouraged by this, but let us not forget the One who is in control. Yes, Satan hates life and is using every tool in his belt to deepen his clutch into those far from God, but God has far greater tools in His arsenal and we know, He is the ultimate victor. The cross is all the proof we need.
So rather than be discouraged, take heart. Put on the armor of God and join Him in this fight. These young people? They're not the enemy, but they are in the enemy's clutches.
Millennials and Gen Zers are known for their passion for justice, but Satan has distorted their view of true justice and intends it for evil. But we know what God does with Satan's plans for evil.
Just like Jacob's sons betraying Joseph, God can overturn this. Just like Haman's quest to eradicate the Jews, God can overturn this.
Just like the horrors of the Cross, God can overturn this. He has yet to call us home, therefore, the work is not done. So let us suit up, stand firm in Christ and take back the hearts of young adults everywhere, in Jesus' name.
English Standard Version Bible. (2001). Crossway Bibles.