There are times in history when today we look back and ask, “What were they thinking?” The Civil Rights Movement is one of those times. It is easy to look back today and wonder why the church didn’t take a stronger stand or why they didn’t take a stand at all against racial injustice. It simply boggles the mind that followers of Christ didn’t see the sin of considering someone less valuable because of the color of their skin. When confronted with this fact, many from that time simply do not have a good answer. They feel remorse for their lack of action, but it simply didn’t even occur to them that it might be wrong. Racial segregation was such an integral part of their culture they were blinded to the fact that it was wrong.
I believe that we are in a similar time of crisis in our culture today as we are faced with the issue of the sanctity of human life or more clearly stated legalized abortions. I personally feel that there is not a greater cause in the United States of America that our generation faces than the issue of legalized abortions. Below are a few statistics I gathered to give perspective on the amount of death that is caused from legal abortions. It is my belief that we will one day look back at this issue and wish we would have taken a stand, much like the generation before us, against the legalization of murdering babies.
As followers of Christ we do not have the option to remain neutral about this issue.
Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church, shares an incredible message on the Sanctity of Human Life. As he expresses, the sanctity of human life based on the Bible as the ultimate authority should compel Christians to do something about this incredibly important issue that is literally killing millions of babies each year. Sermon linked below.
There have been approximately 60 million legally induced abortions in the U.S. since 1973—nearly the current population of California and Texas combined.
How does this compare with other tragedies in human history?
World War I – 15 million soldiers and civilians killed
World War II – 71 million soldiers and civilians killed
Holocaust – 11 million Jews killed
Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 250, 000 killed
All US soldiers since American Revolution – 1.3 Million American soldiers killed
Legal U.S. Abortions since 1973 – 60 million babies killed
Will you do something?
Will you remain silent?
Will you regret your silence?
Will you regret your disobedience?
While these questions are relevant to the discussion, our regret is not the reason for action. While our children or our children’s children might ask us these questions, that is not the reason for action.
The reason for action is because babies are being killed and it is wrong. It does not please God and our indifference is allowing it.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 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.” – Psalm 139:13 – 16
“You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20:13