Sanctity Of Life
January is Sanctity of Life Month. On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. He picked that day because January 22, 1973, was the day the US Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. Churches around the US use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protect human life at every stage.
We want to encourage you this month as you focus on praying for the end of abortion, on also being aware of the over 400,000 kids who are currently in the US Foster Care system. The sanctity of human life movement should not only be about children not being aborted, but also about what happens to the children saved from abortion, now needing a family.
From what we know about their conception, at least two of our kids could have been aborted. We honor their birth moms for choosing life, but these children still needed a family.
Winston Churchill said this about family: “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created, strengthened, and maintained.”
John Rogers, an Alabama state representative, said this regarding abortion: “You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, and then you send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now, or you kill them later.”
What a sad, yet common, belief about the value of human life!
This quote is so shocking and offensive to many of us who believe in the sanctity of life and in God the Creator. It also negates the power of God to change a person’s life. This ungodly mindset insinuates that unwanted children will inevitably have a bad life and end up dead or in prison. “Unwanted” children and those removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect can end up a statistic. But we have the solution. What about placing these children in godly homes, with Christ-followers who will love these children and raise them up God’s way. What about churches wrapping around them with emotional/spiritual support and tangible resources?
During this sanctity of life season, please pray for the unborn. Pray for salvation for the parents who find themselves in a crossroad- choosing life or death. Pray for the crisis pregnancy centers. Pray for the 400,000 plus children in foster care. Pray the Church answers their cries for a family. Pray for the spirit of adoption. Pray that YOUR Church becomes a catalyst for change in your community. Pray for the missionaries who speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and who advocate for FAMILY, as the solution to the current crisis.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. –Proverbs 31:8