In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day near the anniversary of the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states, January 22, 1973. This year, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday will be January 20th. Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage. Making abortion illegal is an important strategy to protect the sanctity of human life and we prayerfully anticipate the day when the laws of our land protect all lives born and unborn. But overturning Roe v. Wade is not the end game of our work. What is?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
As important as it is, it is not enough to no longer allow the thief, operating through the abortion industry, to kill and destroy precious children on our watch. We must offer life and also the discipleship towards abundant life found only in Christ. That is our ultimate goal and what we are working towards at Assurance.
Assurance’s role is a critical piece of the work to be done, but not the entire piece. We need others to speak truth about abortion and what God says about unborn life. Will you do that on Sanctity of Life Sunday? We need to offer hope, help, forgiveness and healing to the many post-abortive women and men sitting in our church pews under the weight of their past sin and secret shame. Will you do that this year? We need the body of Christ to wrap itself around the women and men facing unplanned pregnancies in our community so that abortion is unthinkable because they are confident they will receive support, love, compassion and help as they courageously choose to parent despite difficult circumstances. Will you challenge your brothers and sisters in Christ to cultivate that type of life-giving community? We need God’s people to unite in prayer around this issue. Will you pray?
Please let us know if we can help you as you prepare to say yes to these opportunities. We have resources available on our website that you could use to promote Sanctity of Life Sunday. We are happy to try to point you towards other helpful resources as you prepare to address this important issue with your church. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can help.