Saturday, January 20, 2007

Sanctity of Life Sunday

January 21, 1621: Pilgrims leave the Mayflower and gather on shore at Plymouth, Massachusetts, for their first religious service in America. How ironic.

SANCTITY OF LIFE SUNDAY

JANUARY 21, 2007

“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” (Deut. 30:19-20)

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7- 2 in support of abortion. Roe v. Wade gave women the "right to choose" and changed the course of American history.

But for those who cherish life, we see that day as a tragedy, as we work even harder to build a culture of life. Many pastors across the nation see the Roe v. Wade anniversary as a day to focus on the sanctity, the very holiness and preciousness, of life.

Today is known nationally as Sanctity of Life Sunday, and since its first Presidential Proclamation in 1984, the pro-life movement has energized the hearts of millions.

God’s truth can lift the moral fog throughout the Church, and lifting the fog is essential in overcoming legalized abortion. If Christians would speak with one voice, they have the political power to rid our nation of legalized abortion.

(1) The Alan Guttmacher Institute estimates the number of abortions in the United States from 1973 to 2006 (based on 1996 - 2006 estimates) is 47 million.

(2) The United States Department of Health and Human Services reports the number of live births from 1973 to 2006 (based on 2001-2006 estimates) is 123 million.

(3) Therefore, 28% of all pregnancies in the United States excluding natural miscarriages end in abortion.

(4) At current rates, an estimated 43% of American women will have at least one abortion by the age of 45.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. God is the creator of life God creates and fashions life within the womb." (Psalm 139:13-16)