Sanctity of Life Sunday

Tomorrow marks 39 years since since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in the United States. As Albert Mohler notes, “Since that decision was handed down, more than 50 million babies have been aborted, at a rate of over 3,000 each day.” These statistics simply take your breath away.

Christians are called to labor for life — and that labor does not exist only for those outside the womb.

To help us in this gospel imperative, Desiring God Ministries has made available a free ebook by John Piper titled, Exposing the Dark Work of Abortion. Please read this work to help ground you in a biblical/theological framework for why it’s so very important to labor for life.

Here’s an excerpt from the book detailing 15 pro-life truths to speak:

1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb (except in the case of abortion).
2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.
3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is legal beyond this limit.
4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.
5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.
6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.
7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic makeup.
8. Ultrasound has given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.
9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less harm than killing him.
10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.
11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm on another person by threatening voluntary harm on themselves.
12. The outcast and the disadvantaged and exploited are to be cared for in a special way, especially those with no voice of their own.
13. What is happening in the womb is the unique person nurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give and take life.
14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to both mother and child (and father and parents), with care of every kind, lovingly provided by people who will meet every need they can.
15. Jesus Christ can forgive all sins, and will give all who trust him the help they need to do everything that life requires.

And for those that might wonder if Jesus is pro-life, please consider the reason Jesus gave for His first coming: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10; italics added).

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