If you look strictly at statistics, this previous year has been very discouraging for those who believe the killing of an unborn child is wrong.  

Some of the setbacks include Planned Parenthood being awarded two million dollars in November 2019, in a lawsuit that exposed them for selling aborted baby body parts. Instead of being horrified about the practices at Planned Parenthood, the jury found the undercover reporters who brought the practice to light guilty of trespassing and fraud and fined them two million dollars.

Additionally, in June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that it is not necessary for a doctor who performs abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Though this case was being heard as a concern for the safety of the mother it was struck down because it was considered a barrier to a woman’s access to abortion.

Currently, and for the past couple of years, there have been two bills before the Senate Judiciary Committee that appear to have been put on hold, again. The first is the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which would mandate medical care to be provided to a baby born alive after an abortion. The second bill is the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would ban abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization since the baby would be able to feel pain during its demise. These bills were put on hold again because there aren’t enough Senators willing to yes, that these bills are good bills to pass; that it’s a good idea to provide medical care to a baby that has survived an abortion, and yes, it’s a good idea to not kill an unborn child that feels pain.  

So, yes, we, as a nation, continue to debate in the courts, “When does the unborn child feel pain? Should we save a baby who has survived an abortion? Is it okay to sell body parts of aborted babies? Some of us may scratch our heads and think “Are you serious? Or brush it aside with, “That doesn’t really happen.” But the fact of the matter is, in the U.S. alone, 345,672 unborn babies lost their lives to abortion in 2018. Though this number is staggering, it is a marked improvement from the previous year at 862,320.  

 We, as Christians, must continually resist the distraction that the devil thrives on, who seeks to keep us in calamity, to keep us endlessly debating in the public square. 

We, as Christians, rest on our sure foundation of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t call us to be distracted but to have words and actions of love. There is no need to waste a moment in the senseless debate when we know our Creator affirms over and over that we are all precious in his sight. He knows the plans he has for each of us in his kingdom.

Our voice about abortion should be as confident as Mother Teresa’s voice, a dedicated nun whom we all know and love, who served the poor in India until her death in 1997. Pope Francis recently announced she will be canonized as a saint next month on the eve of the anniversary of her death, September 4, 1997. Mother Teresa shared her voice emphatically about the plague of abortion in our country at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994 when President Clinton was President. Her message, twenty-six years ago, is no less poignant today. “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. ”

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to love, love until it hurts. In the gospel, Jesus says very clearly: “Love as I have loved you.” Jesus died on the Cross because that is what it took for Him to do good to us – to save us from our selfishness in sin. We, as we live out our faith, are called to “put on Christ”, as we love our neighbor. He calls us to love, even if it hurts. He calls us to see Him in our neighbor, the lonely, the outcast, the needy.

And so, likewise, we are called to reach out in love to one who is experiencing all of the above, such as someone experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Reaching out in kindness to someone who is feeling lost and abandoned can make all the difference.    

There have been a staggering sixty million abortions in our country since Roe vs Wade was decided, in 1973, forty-seven years ago. Many of us have either had an abortion or know many women who have. It is up to us to look into the quiet recesses of our hearts and confront the pain that lingers from a time long ago. This is the opportunity to seek forgiveness from the One who died on the cross for that very reason, to forgive for a sin that cannot be spoken. If those who have carried the burden for so long could speak to the younger generation, to let them know that they too can be freed from the guilt and pain if they would lay their burden down at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ, who is the great healer, who alone has the power to forgive. We owe it to our children and our children’s children.   

Let’s let love begin in our homes and radiate out from there to our neighbor. That is what it means to let Christ rule in our hearts and it is how we grow in holiness so that we look more like Christ and less like the world. We cannot, as people of God, rely on laws to force us to make good decisions. We can only change the hearts and minds of another when we believe in our own heart that taking a life not yet lived is against what Jesus would want for either of us. And possibly, one by one, we may be able to heal a daughter, a friend, maybe a neighbor, and who knows, a nation.

We cannot lose heart that much of the world supports abortion. Perhaps many are supportive because they are complicit. How does one object to a sin we ourselves have committed? Our mission from Jesus Christ is not to use our time in endless debate but to speak the truth in gentleness and humbleness. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ and shine his light of love. Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it but to save it. He wants to save the world through you. “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” We must not give up. The family is our most important asset; given to us by God. Love begins at home, in the family. We must do all we can to love it, nourish it, protect it. 

Jeremiah 1:5 “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.”  

Let us go forward with the mindset that we need to protect our prophets. Every one of them.

Submitted by Deacon Deb Adams

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