1st Principle of Valuing Life
The commandment “Thou shalt not murder” (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5) is bigger than violent crime alone. Jesus expanded it saying, “if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” (Matthew 5:22) Murder often results from uncontrolled anger and name-calling reveals an attitude that disregards life. Jesus further explains the first principle of valuing human life: If possible be reconciled. (Matthew 5:24) Do we value human life, the unborn, poor, those without health care, and immigrants?