January 22 is the National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (On this date, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the U.S. use that day (and the Sunday prior) to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protect human life at every stage. Our church will be joining others in doing that today.
We are a decidedly pro-life congregation. Our doctrinal statement unequivocally says, “We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.” (BF&M, Article XV.) We believe that the Bible is clear: God is pro-life, and we should be too.
For too many Christians, though, being pro-life simply means backing a certain political candidate or party. While it can include that, the pro-life movement today is much more. Here are 10 ways that you can be pro-actively pro-life this week.
Make a list of pregnant women, OBGYNs, and ministries that you know of. Pray for counselors, pastors, and crisis pregnancy centers. Intercede for mothers and fathers of unplanned pregnancies who feel torn. Pray for those who have end-of-life decisions to make. Open Psalm 139 and ask God to give peace, faith, and courage to each one.
Our area has two pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that are always looking for advocates, counselors, volunteers, and helpers. Give them a call and a hand.
Here are four excellent books that deal with the issues of life from a biblical view. Buy one and read it this year so that you can be informed and equipped.
A portion of our church budget goes to support pro-life groups. By giving to our offering, you are making a difference. You can also give online to local ministries and national groups through their website. Every dollar counts.
No matter who you are, there is probably a pro-life group geared towards you. Search Google or Facebook and chances are, you’ll find others to connect with. Here are a few examples to consider. (These are all pro-life, though not necessarily Christian.)
For students (6th Grade – College): studentsforlife.org
For medical professionals: aaplog.org
For Republicans: rnclife.org
For Democrats: www.democratsforlife.org
For Virginia-specific efforts: vshl.org
Statistics say that 1 in 3 women have had an abortion. Due to the regret and pain, many remain silent. The two efforts that change a woman’s mind about having an abortion are: seeing a sonogram and hearing a personal account. If you’ve never told anyone your story, speak to a friend or elder. Offer to share with your Sunday School class or our youth ministry. (For more on how, www.standforlife.org)
The pro-life movement must not only say, “Let your children live,” but we must also be ready to say, “…and if need be, they can live with us.” (If orphans were a country, it would be the 9th largest in the world with 153 million.) Foster care and adoption are not easy. Our family has done both. It is inviting warfare (both spiritual and, at times, literal) into your own home. It is messy. Disruptive. Emotional. Hard. But we and others don’t do it because it’s easy. We do it because it is best. Fostering and adopting are the most essential, frontline component in the pro-life movement. If you’re considering either, talk to a family in our church who has done it and listen to their experience. Pray for God’s will and trust Him with the details. (Think it’s too expensive? You can apply for our church’s adoption scholarship fund today!)
Each year, there are numerous pro-life gatherings and marches designed to speak up and speak out for the unborn. Plan now to attend one this year. (Got questions? A few of our church members have been involved with both of these and would be glad to share with you. Contact the church office for details..)
- National: March for Life, Washington DC (Jan 29) – www.marchforlife.org
- Local: Bedford Life Chain (October, TBA) – lifechain.org
With US abortion rates declining for the 10th year in a row (a near 25% decrease), there is momentum for today and hope for tomorrow. As Psalm 146:9 says, “The Lord protects…(and) supports the fatherless and the widow.” Let’s join Him this week!