You may have been unaware, but yesterday, January 21st was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Today, January 22nd, marks the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the famous legalization of on-demand abortion. Back in 84′ Ronald Reagan declared a national holiday called Sanctity of Human Life Day. In recent years, evangelicals have adopted the 3rd Sunday of January to celebrate human life and raise awareness about the evils of abortion. Let’s look at some statistics for a moment to give you the landscape of abortion in our country and around the world. Fair warning, these numbers are difficult to imaging and I even find myself having trouble typing them out. Prepare yourself.
Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, it is estimated that well over 60 million babies have been aborted in America. No, I didn’t mistype that. Take a moment take in what you just read. 60 million little unborn babies have been murdered in their mother’s womb because their parents simply didn’t want them. God help us. God have mercy on us.
I found another statistic that estimates how many abortions worldwide have been performed since 1980. Keep in mind, this number is not considered accurate, but is intended to ballpark the approximate figure…1.4 billion. Yes, billion with a “b”. Again, this could be off by a few hundred million, but it’s still a staggering number to behold. That we could potentially kill off more than 10% of the world’s population before they ever see the light of day in roughly 40 years is just crazy. Crazy evil.
Now let’s talk about genetic testing. Technology today has allowed doctors and parents to know from the earliest weeks of pregnancy if a baby has a disability like cystic fibrosis, down syndrome, or many others. The point of these genetic tests nowadays is usually to make a decision about whether or not to keep the baby or abort it. Currently, there is absolutely nothing doctors can do about these diseases while the baby is in the womb. Right now the abortion rate for down syndrome in America is 67%. The small country of Iceland has a near 100% abortion rate of down syndrome babies and they celebrate it as if they are curing the disease when in reality they are just killing the children who have it. Those children have the same value as any other human in better health, but we dilute ourselves into thinking we are doing what’s best for them by killing them before they are born. In reality, the parents are just doing what they know will be easier for them, and the moral compass of our society has told them it’s OK.
All those numbers remind us that abortion is still a real evil in our society. What does a biblical worldview have to say about abortion? Human life has intrinsic value at every stage of life – from conception to nursing home. The Bible actually has much to say on the matter. Go read the following passages to learn how the biblical writers thought about children and the unborn: Psalm 139:13-15; Psalm 127:3-5; Psalm 51:5; Exodus 21:22-25; Genesis 9:6. The most important thing the Bible says about human life is that we are made in God’s image and were created to glorify God and love Him forever (Genesis 1:27). I would also point you to Proverbs 6:16-17 which talks about the seven things God hates. “Hands that shed innocent blood,” is third on that list. God will not hold us guiltless for the untold slaughter of innocent babies. God will likely also not hold us believers guiltless who never speak up for the unborn.
So what can the people of Christ’s church do about this problem? I have a few suggestions:
- Speak up for the unborn and proclaim the truth. You don’t have to be a celebrity pastor or a politician to make a difference. You have a sphere of influence. No matter how small or big it is, that sphere of influence is vital.
- Teach our children, grandchildren, and anyone else under our influence to value and choose life. Teach them that a human has value whether or not another human wants them. God gives us value, not each other.
- Teach and model about the proper role and place of sex. Sex is not about personal gratification devoid of any responsibility or lasting consequences. It’s a wonderful experience for two married people to enjoy who have committed to each other and who are also committed to building a family together. The massive number of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies is a huge contributor to the desire for abortion.
- With that, teach and model about taking responsibility for your actions. You make a baby – you care for that baby – you don’t just get to kill it like nothing happened. At the very least give that child up for adoption so he/she can have a chance at life with a family.
- Encourage and participate in adoption. What does adoption have to do with being anti-abortion? To be pro-life is not just about abortion, it’s also about valuing humans even if they are not your biological children, or even if they are drug babies, or even if they have down syndrome. It seems a bit hypocritical to me for Christians, on the one side, to rage against those who would abort their child, but on the other side, tell them they want nothing to do with that child should they choose life and put their baby up for adoption. “You better keep that baby! But I certainly don’t want it!”
- We also need to stop treating adoption like the lesser choice for the couples who “shamefully” couldn’t have their own children. Quit that. And stop discouraging people to adopt because you worry about it being too hard or too messy. Christians need to be pro-life all the way through. If God looked at us the way we look at kids in the foster system, He probably wouldn’t adopt very many of us.
- Pray for the following:
- The answer doesn’t lie with the government, but it would be nice if our own laws didn’t encourage abortion. Pray for politicians who will stand up for life.
- Pray for the downfall of Planned Parenthood and the increase of pro-life pregnancy centers.
- Pray that our churches will become more active in preaching against abortion.
- Pray for our own hearts to be broken over this epidemic.
- Pray for adoptions to skyrocket.
Put the third Sunday of January in your calendar for next year as we continue the fight to protect the precious life of the unborn.