January 17, 2005
Six things the LORD hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil,
a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
-Proverbs 6:16-19 (HCSB)
This week, we celebrate the sanctity of life. It is a very serious subject, and one that I believe every Christian needs to hear. We’ve become pretty flabby in some of our convictions concerning the great moral issue of our times. Edmond Burke said, “The sure way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Many years ago you will recall that a young toddler, Jessica McClure, who fell into a well out in west Texas. And the whole world watched and waited as every human made an almost supernatural effort to deliver a small child through a narrow pipe in that well.
And we wept, prayed, and asked God to deliver that little girl that day. It’s interesting, though, while many were trying to save that one precious life that was trapped in the well, thousands upon thousands of babies were being aborted in their mothers’ wombs. There were no trials, no jurors, and no advocates to speak for them. They were executed in cruel and unspeakable ways—the slaughter of the innocence.
While abortion is a tragedy, we must be sensitive to the hurts and past of those who have experienced it. The grace, love, and forgiveness of God is available to any and every person through the cross of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from all sin.
You may say, “Pastor, this subject is crass and insensitive of you to talk about.” But I want you to understand, and I want young people to understand, the seriousness of what I’m talking about. This is not minor surgery. It has a major impact upon lives, both the lives of the mother and the family, and of course, the life of the unborn child.
At the same time, I believe that it is appropriate for us to understand God’s highest and holiest standards. We do not do non-believers a favor when we compromise God’s truth. So I come to you this week with boldness and yet with a burden about the value and sanctity of life. Be in prayer as we remember those lives lost to abortion and ask that God would bring complete healing to the women who have suffered through it.
SANCTITY OF LIFE WEEK—IN REMEMBRANCE
OF THE LIVES LOST.