Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is an opportunity to be reminded that God is the Giver of Life.
Who is the One who knits us together in our Mother’s womb (Psalm 139:14)? Who tells us we are fearfully and perfectly made (Psalm 139:14)? Who is the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8)? Who gives us value and purpose in this life (Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:4-5)?
However, today we face a widespread cultural devaluation of human life, and it is baffling. Today, we’ve seen the callous destruction of unborn infants from Planned Parenthood videos. These practices have caused the most devastating losses, not just to the United States but, to the world. Nearly 60,000,000 babies have been killed in the United States since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade that legalized abortion (Lifenews.com2015). That’s 10 times the number of victims killed during the Nazi Holocaust. Furthermore there have been over 1,000,320,000 abortions (read billion, not million) worldwide since 1980 (USAAbortionClock.org). As a single country, the United States has paved this tragic road by condoning this disrespect of human life and therefore, disrespecting life’s Creator.
If you listen to the prevailing thoughts of our culture you would think that God makes mistakes, or that He is unable to redeem tragic circumstances. However surprising that may be to hear, many who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy may believe it to be true. “This is a mistake!” “I can’t be pregnant. I’m too young.” “I’m still in school and I want to finish my education; make money; travel; date someone else.” “The father of the child is not right for me.” “This just isn’t going to work for me.” “It’s not convenient!” This is what I have heard numerous times as I’ve listened to those in the middle of an unplanned pregnancy.
This is today’s cultural indoctrination that “Life must be comfortable” “We don’t need to be accountable” “If it’s inconvenient and it doesn’t work for me; just get rid of ‘the problem’ and move on.” Such responses to the creation of life and our responsibility to sustain that life have left many in society with an invisible wound as they navigate around their lives. Statistics reveal that 1 in 3 women and men are post abortive (guttmacher.org). Until they run to the God who forgives, heals, and restores; they are trapped in a web of guilt, anger, self-condemnation and, all too often, addictive behavior to numb the pain. They function with a spiritual, emotional and physical loss from their culturally-influenced decision.
So what can we do as concerned individuals? First, we can pray for the veil to be lifted on the great societal lies regarding abortion. Secondly, we can support local organizations, such as the Santa Clarita Valley Pregnancy Center who are on the front lines of this daily battle. What does that look like? The giving of your finances, volunteering, and offering prayers for staff and clients are needed to sustain the work of this valuable non-profit center in our community.
The SCV Pregnancy Center is having an Open House from 1-4pm on January 24. Come see the powerful work they are doing and how you can become involved.
Remember, you can and do make a difference as you trust God and step out in faith in 2016 to be a voice and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8-9).
- Sally Betters