Sanctity of Life?

In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation declaring January 22nd to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day. This past Sunday marked the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since that day in 1973, it is estimated that somewhere around 60 million abortions have been performed or more accurately nearly 60 million unborn children have been murdered.

There are some who will take offense to the last statement. But let me say with almost complete confidence that none of those offended were ever aborted before birth. So their opinions are biased to say the least. To put 60 million into perspective that would be more than the populations of the states of California and Florida combined.

“Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject, only, the shorter it is the better.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon.

This past Sunday was Sanctity of Life Day at church. How sad. How sad that we have to designate a day to “remember” that life is precious. But that’s where we are. If you doubt that, all you had to do was watch some of the Inauguration coverage of the protests or what passed for a Women’s March the next day. It would be hard to argue against being at the threshold of chaos.

So how does having a “Sanctity of Human Life Day” change anything? Well, it doesn’t unless we change. And that seems to be the rub. We like to talk about change, we like to talk about the sanctity of life but what do our actions prove?

Sav-a-Life Pregnancy Resource Center is an organization that seeks to give women an option other than abortion. They will help them with testing, education, counseling and support. They are not the only organization who offer these types of services and thankfully so. But how much do we, and I mean we, as individuals and we, as the church support organizations like this? It would be tragic to spend more money on postage than on the sanctity of human life, wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it be equally as tragic personally to spend more money on insert any frivolous activity here as we do on ensuring the sanctity of human life? Or are we comfortable just thinking about it on a cold day in January?

It seems the more you hear those preaching about love and tolerance, you find that they are the least loving and tolerant of all. If you follow their way of thinking then you are due all the love and tolerance you can carry in your environmentally friendly, electric car. However, if you disagree with these “Precious Little Snowflakes” then you are subject to ridicule, scorn and on a good day a death threat or two. Seems the sanctity of human life message has fallen on deaf ears.

There is something that I find ironic and hypocritical at the same time. It seems that the very ones who are adamant about having a Sanctity of Life day are some of the same people who support these famous people or Precious Little Snowflakes. If we are really committed that abortion is wrong, why do we watch the shows, listen to the music, go to the movies of the people proclaiming that abortion is a good thing and should be easier to get than a slushy at the 7-11?

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Why would we financially support someone working for something we find wrong and more correctly sinful? If we give a certain amount to a Pro-Life group but with the other hand spend money supporting those who oppose the Pro-Life movement, have we gained anything? Is it apathy? Or do we just not get the connection?

Granted it could be inconvenient for us. We might have to stop watching a particular show we like or stop listening to the music of a certain star we enjoy or not go to the movie of someone who thinks praying in school is worse than aborting a child. Imagine the sacrifice we would have to make. As a side note, I really don’t understand watching the awards shows so that these folks can pat themselves on the back and make ridiculous speeches. We just keep inflating the enormous egos of these Precious Little Snowflakes, who don’t seem to be able to handle a little adversity in life.

“Doth that man love his Lord who would be willing to see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, while for himself he craves a “crown of flowers”? Shall Jesus ascend to his throne by the cross, and do we expect to be carried there on the shoulders of applauding crowds? Be not so vain in your imagination. Count you the cost, and if you are not willing to bear Christ’s cross, go away to your farm and to your merchandise, and make the most of them……only let me whisper this in your ear, ‘What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’”
– Charles H. Spurgeon.

It’s just our nature to think that one of us on our own probably won’t have much impact. After all, if nobody else is going to give up anything, why should I? But the error in that thinking is that when the time comes to stand in judgement by a Holy God, we will not be judged as a group but individually. The “herd mentality” may be easy to run with but what if the herd is running off a cliff? Maybe it’s time to break from the herd.

Organized protesting and boycotts just aren’t my thing. I prefer to do both from the comfort of my recliner. At the end of the day, we are going to do things and spend money on things we want to do. We sure don’t like being told what we can and cannot do. But just like words have a meaning, so do our actions. Are we happy with listening to a sermon one day a year on how important life should be or are we followers of Christ committed to the sanctity of life year round?

Run to the Cross!
Hugh

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