Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 28: Dark and sterile
Dear Deacon John,
Abortion facilities try their best to nestle into a community and go unnoticed.
Sometimes, they look like ordinary buildings in an otherwise good neighborhood. Other times, however, they look like the grotesque places they really are.
When you see a shady-looking abortion facility — and then add the element of people praying out front — even someone who’s just passing by can get the idea that whatever’s going on there isn’t good.
Their dark and sterile existence is even more reason for you to be there ... for those who feel they have no other “choice” than to walk inside.
A vigil participant
in Chicago sent in a picture of the abortion facility there, along with
a note: “If you were a woman going for ‘women’s healthcare,’ would you go into a place with ugly gray plastic sheets hanging on a cyclone fence?”
The sheet-covered fence surrounds the parking lot next to the building. “It’s very scary and very, very sketchy looking,” said the volunteer.
Victor, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Chicago, sent word that
several babies have already been saved from abortion during this
campaign. “Thank you for all that you do to build a culture of life,” he said.
Just a few days
ago, an abortion worker came out to tell the prayer volunteers they had
to remove their signs from the sidewalk. Heather, the 40 Days for Life
leader in Austin, thinks it’s one sign in particular they don’t like: “Ask me about free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds."
The volunteers were ready for such a ridiculous claim, so they produced
a letter signed by the police chief, stating that signs could legally
be used at the vigil. The abortion worker said that didn’t matter,
because “the state is overriding the city on this one.” That, of course, wasn’t accurate.
“This tells me two things,” Heather said. “One, the abortion facility
is obviously behind this; how would the worker know about this supposed
new sign ordinance otherwise? And two, our signs must be turning away a ton of business at the abortion facility for them to go this far!”
She added that their attorney friends are keeping on top of this so the volunteers’ rights are protected.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
The 40 Days for
Life vigil is held outside an abortion center on a busy highway just
outside Atlantic City. “We are reaching thousands of cars a day,” said
Ethel, the local leader, “which is probably the best free advertising
ever … we get so much positive response.”
40 Days for Life is gathering momentum in the Atlantic City area, as more churches get involved. “Our church has amazed me,”
she said, “with 8 to 10 people just from my church out there. My pastor
at New Life Assembly said it’s about time we are joining the ranks!”
As the growth continues, Ethel said she knows in time there will be even more “of the Light of God to expose the darkness.”
Here's today's devotional from Rev. Ben Sheldon, President Emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-life
Day 28 intention
We pray for the conversion of abortionists and all abortion advocates.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your
doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek
justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the
— Isaiah 1:16-17
God is just.
Inscribed around the inside of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington,
DC, are the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson: “I tremble for my
country when I reflect that God is just.”
If the deist, Jefferson, knew in the depths of his being that God is
just, how much more ought we Christians to reflect on this profound
The justice of God, like his holiness and his purity, encourages us to
seek justice for all people. It is the evil deeds and wrong, selfish
attitudes of our modern society that have led to the cavalier acceptance
of abortion and euthanasia.
But, as Jefferson also said, “his justice will not sleep forever.”
God is calling us today to seek justice, to encourage the oppressed, and to defend the orphans and widows of our society.
It is a noble calling! It is one which every true believer, every
God-fearing man and woman, should heed with no hesitation and no
To follow the God of justice and truth is to stand unequivocally for
the right to life of everyone, especially the unborn, the physically
disabled, and the terminally ill.
God's word through the prophet Isaiah is as relevant in today's 21st
century world as it was in Isaiah’s 8th century BC world. May God's
grace help us to defend the unborn’s right to life as well as that of
the already born.
O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to
eradicate the evil in our society. Help us to realize that your divine
Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human
creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them. I pray
this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, Amen.
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