A Voice For Life
By: Dr. David L. Sampson
As we approach this Sunday, which is "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday," I was compelled to write on this issue. I certainly believe that one of the most disturbing moral issues of our day is the debate over abortion. According to one writer, "It is the second most common surgical procedure in the U.S., circumcision being the first." Since the historic Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, in the United States abortions have risen to well over 50 million abortions. America has quickly grown into a nation that is desensitized to the killing of unborn babies. The heated debates over abortions show no signs of abating, but intensify as the world plunges deeper into immoral behavior.
As a minister of the gospel of Christ, I realize my responsibility that rises from this issue is two-fold:
(1.) To preach forgiveness, hope, and grace to those hurting and haunted by the act of an abortion. If you have had an abortion, know that God's still loves you, and He deeply desires to give you the inner peace and forgiveness you long for. You only have to call upon His name, believing that He is the answer to all of your sins.
(2.) To declare the outrage of abortion as something we should oppose with all the wisdom, courage, perseverance that God will give us.
I believe abortion is morally outrageous! It is morally outrageous because it is: murder of the unborn, damaging to women, corrupting to men, debasing to culture, destroying of human reasoning, and an assault on Jesus Christ, the Creator of all living things.
Who will be a voice and defend these innocent children?
Who will be a voice and extend hope to the hurting?
Who will be a voice and reach out in faith to make a difference?
Who will be a voice and speak against moral ruin in our nation?
Who will be a voice and expose the dark work of abortion?
The words of the late President Ronald Reagan ring so true today. He argued, "The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn." I am challenging each one who read this blog to be invested, informed, and involved in being a voice for life. As you do, remember that the Psalmist said, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" (Psalms 139:14). Furthermore, the world may forget the aborted baby but God never has—The Lord reminded the prophet Jeremiah, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee..." (Jeremiah 1:5). It is comforting to know that each baby that has been aborted has not been forgotten and utterly forsaken. However, they are cradled in the arms of our loving Heavenly Father who will one day make all things new.
Missional Until He Comes,
Dr. David L. Sampson
John S. Feinberg and Paul D. Feinberg, Ethics for a Brave New World (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1993), 46–47
Mark Water, The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations (Alresford, Hampshire: John Hunt Publishers Ltd, 2000), 7.