Today is Sanctity of Life Day. Once a year this date rolls around without seemingly any difference from one year to the next. Our country still allows for abortions to happen, and much of our populace either champion it or ignore it. Since 2012 the United States of America has averaged about 650,000 abortions per year (Focus on the Family.com — By The Numbers: U.S. Abortion Statistics). Tragically our most innocent and vulnerable have no voice and pay the price.
Honestly, Sanctity of Life Day is depressing to me. Not because I do not support its message to our Nation, but because it is a reminder to me that we still have not ended this practice. Sanctity of Life Day reminds me that we still must have a day set aside on our calendar to communicate the biblical truth that life matters. The fundamental principle that people are created in the image of God, intentionally, for his purposes and glory is not seen as reality by our country. Certainly, some of our leaders are vocal in their support of life, and some have sought to initiate change, but progress has been slow while the body count continues to grow.
But, perhaps there is hope on the horizon… West Virginia and Kentucky recently passed laws seeking to end most abortions. Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas all have sought similar change, but they have been blocked from enforcing those newly created laws by the Federal Court System. Ohio, just in the past few weeks, sought to take the strongest step yet by any state, submitting a Bill that would have prohibited abortions if a baby’s heartbeat could be detected, but sadly, Gov. John Kasich vetoed the Bill and instead signed legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks. Hope also comes in the form of a newly more conservative Supreme Court, and the boldness of the states mentioned previously demonstrate a renewed effort to see the practice of abortion ended in our county.
Would you join me in prayer over this issue? My prayer for the past few weeks is that God would give courage to our conservative elected officials to stand against abortion. Courage to stand against the political fallout they might experience. Courage to stand against the argument that someone else has the right to dictate whether a child lives or dies. Courage to do what they know in their heart is right. And, that if they face the storm in their courage… that God would pour out his blessings on them for exercising that courage. May God forgive us. And may He be glorified forever… even by the unborn.