In case you missed church last week, and before you read any further, let me make this point clearly: If you have been touched by or involved with abortion in any way, GOD STILL LOVES YOU! That said, I want to revisit this uncomfortable but serious subject one more time (only in this blog post; not this week’s message); after all, we are grown-ups (most of us) who ought to be able to discuss and contemplate very serious subjects…even the ones that make us uncomfortable.
This week, all over the news and in the halls of Congress, the 40th anniversary of the infamous “Roe v. Wade” decision has been commemorated. What has gone largely unconsidered (I haven’t heard a single newscaster mention it), is the fact that there have been 55 MILLION abortions in America since 1973. Just to put this number in perspective, in a typical year, there are twice as many abortions in the U.S. as there are deaths from ALL forms of cancer (approximately 555,000 cancer deaths each year). These numbers alone should cause us to pause.
Ironically, abortion has been presented as a largely “civil rights” issue. Described primarily in terms of a “woman’s right to control her own body,” rarely, if ever, is mentioned the fact that every abortion stops a beating heart.
Today is the “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. This peaceful demonstration in support of life has been going on for 39 years and draws large crowds. This year, the crowds for the “March for Life” are expected to equal or be larger than the crowds for the inauguration. It will be interesting to see how the media covers this event. In a culture that glorifies death and the individual’s “right to choose” (i.e. “nobody can tell me what’s right or wrong…I will do what I want”), “pro-life” demonstrators are typically portrayed as fanatical and few.
So what ought we do? I suppose you could participate in some sort of demonstration, but that would be a largely one-time (or maybe annual) event. What we need to do is value, celebrate and embrace life. Perhaps we need to examine our own hearts and attitudes. Some need to repent. The Bible is clear: No matter what our sin, Jesus died for us and we can be forgiven, BUT, in order to experience God’s grace and forgiveness, we need to “repent and confess” (1 John 1:9). God’s desire for you is for you to experience TRUE FREEDOM, grace and forgiveness (Galatians 5:1, Romans 8:1). I can’t help but wonder how many people will never fully experience God’s grace because most pastors/churches won’t dare touch this subject.