Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
13 Jan, 2020
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday; established in January of 1984 by late U.S. president Ronald Reagan. It is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the passing of the court case Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in America. This is one day a year meant for us to take time to remember those lives who have been lost to abortion. It is estimated that since the legalization of abortion in January 1973, over 60 million children have lost their lives to abortion. We educate the public on the truth and violence of abortion as well as remind those who have chosen abortion that there is hope, healing, and redemption through Jesus Christ. Finally, we strive to motivate the church to stand up and speak out against abortion.
Working at a pregnancy center, I have witnessed firsthand how abortion not only murders a child, but also destroys a family. I have sat with women who shared heart-wrenching stories of experiencing abortion. I have listened to women who shared how God healed them and turned their ashes into a testimony to be used for His glory. I have spoken with friends in an attempt to help them see abortion is not the answer and then I have cried with them as they grieved their decision to have an abortion. Abortion has a ripple effect as it murders children, destroys mothers, robs fathers, and grieves those around them. For this reason I speak, for this reason I stand, for this reason I fight, for this reason I grieve, for this reason I will not back down.
The Bible is clear on the sanctity of human life inside of the womb (Genesis 1:27, Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:14, and Luke 1:41). When David stood before the giant Goliath he looked at the pagans taunting Israel, God’s chosen people and asked “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?…Is there not a cause?” (1 Samuel 17:26, 29 NIV & KJV). In essence, David is saying “We are GOD’S people! We have the God of Heaven’s Armies on our side! He is unstoppable! Is there not a cause or reason for us to fight?”
If human life has been made in the image of God and God values human life, do we not have a reason to fight against abortion? If abortion is destroying countless lives once every 90 seconds, do we not have a reason to stand against this atrocity? As you consider the lives of those murdered by abortion, as you grieve with women and men who have chosen abortion in the past, as you ponder my words above ask yourself this: “Is there not a cause here for which to stand up and fight?”