Since 1973, over 50 million babies have been killed in the womb, legally within the United States. Sometimes we tend to focus on other nations thinking through what horrors are being done “over there” when we often forget what’s happening right here, in our own backyard. How do we handle something like abortion as the Church?
While I don’t believe a single blog post will be sufficient to answer all of the questions that come up with this, I do believe that the Church is shifting its focus in a healthy way to stir hearts to do something about it.
God is the Author and Creator of life and values every single one. When abortion happens, it’s murder and sin, violating the design and creation God has put in place. As Ross Sawyers from 121 Community Church mentions in the video above, we as the Church have to be able to call abortion what it really is. Once we can do that, we can start to repent, heal, and then do something about it.
This is where the Choose Life 5K comes in. Multiple Churches are coming together to host a run/walk supporting pregnancy resource centers in the Tarrant County area in Texas who provide hope for those affected in unplanned pregnancies. This is what they affirm regarding life and abortion:
- Every human being has significant value, being created in the image of God.
- Every child, regardless of disability, socio-economic status or desirability has a right to life.
- Every person, Christian or not, has the responsibility to protect the lives of the innocent and vulnerable.
- Abortion adversely affects not only unborn children but mothers, fathers, families, and communities.
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to bring hope and healing to those affected by abortion.
This is a great opportunity for the Church to not only raise awareness of what’s happening in our country more and more each year, but to actually support the pregnancy resource centers who are on the front lines of ministering to people each and every day. Not only do they help provide sonograms and resources, they share the Gospel and teach them that only Jesus can bring hope and healing.
There are many ways you can get involved:
- Pray for this event.
- Pray for abortions to ultimately come to an end in our country and around the world.
- Run or volunteer if you’re able to attend.
- Give financially towards the event. You can set up a fundraising page or give directly.
This is not the only way the Church can get involved, but simply a way and an opportunity to do something about abortion.
We as the Church must not be afraid to stand up during these times. We must speak up against anything that goes against God. If the Bible calls something sin, then it must be sin. God speaks to the fact that He formed our inward parts and knew us in the womb. That means when abortion happens, it’s murder…and it’s wrong.
If you or if you know someone who has been involved in an abortion, please know that while the Bible would call that a sin, it also calls lots of other things sin, which we are all guilty of at some point (Galatians 5:19-21). There is not one person who doesn’t fall short of God each day and we are all sinful (Romans 3:23). That’s where the Gospel comes in and where Jesus brings healing and restoration to us (John 3:16-17).
Forgiveness is available to all people (whether they’ve been involved in an abortion or not) through Jesus Christ. He paid the penalty for all our past, present, and future sins, died on the cross, then rose again. Believe and trust in Jesus deciding to follow Him for the rest of your life and you’ll be forgiven for all eternity. You’ll find rest and comfort in His forgiveness and see that there’s no sin that’s too great for the Cross.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16