It feels bizarre that we have a day to remember the unborn babies lost to abortion. What I mean is that it is so counterintuitive because mothers shouldn’t kill their children. That is a basic rule of nature. God created us to grow, birth, and nurture our children; it’s the way the world was supposed to function. But then Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree and sin entered the world, spreading like wildfire. Fast forward to January 22, 1973 when the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. We have reached a point in our society that people literally murder their children and fight to keep this evil practice legally and socially acceptable. Because of this disturbing reality, we remember the millions of innocent lives lost to abortion on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
The Bible is full of verses advocating for the “pre-born. Psalm 139 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed you in your mother’s body I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart to serve me. Isaiah 49:1,5 says, “The Lord called me from the womb…formed me from the womb to be his servant.” Psalm 127:3 assures us, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
It is clear in these verses that the Lord values individuals even in the womb, and He calls us to do the same. Proverbs 31:8 challenges us, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.” Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death… Isaiah 58:6 says, “Set free those who are held by chains without any reason. Untie the ropes that hold people as slaves. Set free those who are crushed. Break every evil chain.
We cannot be silent. We cannot turn our eyes when we know these God-breathed lives are being taken so violently and unjustly. These are image-bearers of God, and they cannot defend themselves. We must protect them.
So today we celebrate God’s gift of life, and we recognize Him as the Giver of Life who blesses us with not only life here on Earth, but also with eternal life in Heaven with Him. We take today to commemorate the innocent lives lost to abortion; we will not forget these children of God. We commit ourselves to the Lord’s command to protect human life at every stage; we resolve to fight for the helpless. And finally, we pray that one day we won’t need a Sanctity of Human Life Sunday anymore as the sacredness of life in the womb is respected by all.
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