by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #68, CT 112132

"Sacredness of Life"
Exodus 20:13

In the next 30 seconds someone will be murdered in the United States.
Every 20 to 30 seconds someone takes a life, We are living in a time when
violence seems to be at an all-time high, particularly in America. In
Baltimore, several years ago, they gave a $50 bounty to everyone who would
turn in his firearm. In New Orleans, in -1974, they had huge billboards all
over the city that read "Thou shalt not kill!" Because there had been over
one hundred murders just in the first few months of the year, and they were
going to go back to God's Word to remind people that it is not man's prerogative
to take another's life. We are living in a time when it seems that life becomes
cheaper and cheaper, and prople are seemingly less sensitive to that precious
gift--that thread of life and image of God in another person.
I was absolutely astounded, and maybe you were, when I read in our
local paper that a woman in London, said she killed her lover because of
premenstrual tension"! She was set free after another British woman won freedom
with the same explanation of why she threatened to stab a police officer.
"It seems wrong that woman can now use this as an
excuse for anything" said Nina Kitson, the widow of
the man who wa-s- runover and killed. Other women
have to live with and control this stress and tension.
Mrs. Christine English, 37, a divorcee with two teen-
agers, was charged at Norwich Crown Court with the
murder of Barry Kitson, her 31 year old boyfriend. But
the judge placed her on probation for one year after
she pleaded quilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter,
with "diminished responsibility" as a result of
"premenstrual tension."
"I do not think it would serve any purpose
to send you to prison," Judge Sir Francis Purchase
told Mrs. English. Dr. Katrin ...

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