Sanctity of Life Sunday 2017
Here's what I said in church on January 15, 2017.
Today is Sanctify of Human Life Sunday. I’m glad that President Reagan designated the first one in 1984, and churches have been celebrating it ever since. I also agree with what Russell Moore said in 2009.
I hate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday because I’m reminded that we have to say things to one another that human beings shouldn’t have to say. Mothers shouldn’t kill their children. Fathers shouldn’t abandon their babies. No human life is worthless, regardless of skin color, age, disability, economic status. The very fact that these things must be proclaimed is a reminder of the horrors of this present darkness. We’ll always need Christmas. We’ll always need Easter. But I hope, please Lord, someday soon, that Sanctity of Human Life Day is unnecessary. (Russell Moore, "Why I Hate Sanctity of Human Life Sunday", accessed on January 14, 2017.)
I’m going to make a political statement. I rarely make those. I’m all for defunding Planned Parenthood. Last year those undercover videos were released and we learned that Planned Parenthood is not really interested in women’s health. Of course we already knew that. They are in the business of making abortion available and prolific. They want to murder babies. I want them defunded.
Planned Parenthood was started by Margaret Sanger who was a proponent of eugenics. That’s the belief that some lower ethnic groups or classes shouldn’t reproduce. While Planned Parenthood would reject that philosophy today, ironically their existence still results in more black babies being killed as a percentage of the population than white babies. The racist Margaret Sanger, their founder, would be proud.
It’s interesting to me that white liberals are for abortion when aborted babies are disproportionately ethnic minorities. There is something paternalistic and even racist about white people helping black people kill their babies. And I think it’s good to point out how the application of abortion has a disproportionate impact on African Americans and Latinos.
Abortion is not wrong because minority babies are being killed, but because any baby is being killed. But it’s especially sad that those that our country has a sad legacy of oppressing are most likely to opt for abortion.
How do we respond to abortion. I’m hoping some year not have to suggest this because it will be over. Until then, however…
1.We weep. We cry for the babies that are murdered. We cry for the mothers and fathers that are so deceived by their sin that they think the evil of abortion is a good thing.
2.We pray. We pray for the medical professionals involved that God will reach their hearts. We pray for the mothers that they will trust Christ. We pray for ourselves, that we won’t be calloused to the scope of this tragedy.
3.We love. You and I cannot stop abortion by ourselves, but the Gospel can change lives. Maybe you reach one co-worker with the Gospel and his or her life is different than it would have been. Maybe…maybe a baby isn’t aborted that would have been otherwise.
4.We praise. We praise a God that can forgive the sin of abortion. We praise a God that can forgive our indifference to the plight of the unborn. We praise a God that can forgive mothers that seem to have few options. We praise a God that through Christ can forgive all of us—yes, even you—in spite of our sin.
God, You are a God of great mercy. You save those that deserve only Your judgment. You forgive those that repent and believe. God, we pray that Your mercy would pour down on our country. Abortion is a sinful blight; so many babies have been destroyed by mothers that were misled and deceived. These babies are not a mass of tissue; they are human life that should be allowed to live. Father, please change our country so that we begin to value unborn life. Help more and more women choose to have their babies. Father, help us to offer Your forgiveness to those mothers and fathers that wrongly thought abortion was their only option. May the gospel free them from their sin and grant them the joy that is only found in You.