Pastor's Corner

7 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

On our tenth wedding anniversary I wanted to do something special and unique for my wife.  My mom told me about a place in Gatlinburg that will take a few of the flower petals from your wedding bouquet and grind them down into jewelry beads.  What a great use of something that we had saved but was stored away in a closet.  I sent off the petals and a few weeks later a beautiful bead bracelet arrived. People have been turning keepsake items into jewelry for hundreds of years but I was appalled to learn about a new trend by a company in Australia. 

The Baby Bee Hummingbird company (http://babybeehummingbirds.com.au/) uses the same type technique as the flower petals but they make keepsake jewelry for parents that contain drops of breast milk or your baby’s first tooth. You might think, weird, but okay.  Now the same company is offering a service where they will take your unwanted frozen human embryos left over from In Vitro Fertilization into jewelry.  You read that right; they are turning fertilized human embryos—that is, children at the embryonic stage—into jewelry.  Instead of donating these embryos or leaving them in storage parents are choosing to have them made into a pendant.  http://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/real-life/in-the-news/couples-are-turning-extra-ivf-embryos-into-jewellery

The story goes: Each mother sends in her “leftover” embryos, which are contained in what’s called a straw. The straw is reduced to ashes and set in resin. The jeweler then designs a piece of jewelry around it. And the company calls this “sacred art.”  One anonymous mother, who bore three children through the IVF process, told the New York Times, “My embryos were my babies—frozen in time.” When she and her husband felt they’d had enough children, she says it just “wasn’t in my heart to destroy [the extra embryos] . . . Now they are forever with me in a beautiful keepsake”—a pendent she wears next to her heart. http://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/turning-children-into-jewelry-embryo-adoption-is-a-far-better-option.html 

This is just one more example of how far we have fallen as a culture when we celebrate the fact that people can treat their children as leftovers.  I cannot help but think of the Old Testament passages in Leviticus and Amos that speak about parents letting their children “pass through the fire of Molech” (20:2-5, 2 Kings 23:10). True, this was child sacrifice by the Canaanites but what does this say about a people today that see turning the remains of their children into jewelry as “sacred art?”  Our culture is fallen but we do not have to fall with it.  Today, pray for those couples who struggle to have children.  Pray for the Lord’s peace and direction as they pray for their own children.  Pray for the salvation of those who do not have a level of respect for human life, no matter what stage of development it might be in at the time.    

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.   Genesis 1:27 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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