This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday and I will be preaching on the horrors of abortion and our obligation to rescue defenseless unborn children. Below is a recent article I wrote for the Liberty Women's Clinic, a crisis pregnancy center in my city. I hope this article encourages you and motivates you to "rescue those who are being taken away to death" (Prov. 24:11).
December 14 marked the one year anniversary of the massacre that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. On that tragic day, a young man did the unthinkable: he entered the school building with a high powered rifle and took the lives of twenty children and six adults.
One of those adults was a young first grade teacher, Victoria Soto. When the gunman entered her classroom and started shooting at her students, Soto threw herself over the children. Her selfless act protected the lives of these young ones, but it came at the expense of her own.
Words cannot adequately describe the devastation that took place that day and the grief that followed. But as tragic as that event was, the equivalent of a Sandy Hook massacre happens every single day in the greater Kansas City area. Approximately 9,000 abortions occur each year in our own community, which means the lives of about twenty-four children are snuffed out daily. These are children whose faces will never be televised on the news nor their names be honored by a memorial.
What we need are people who, like Victoria Soto, are willing to use their lives to protect defenseless young children. We need not take a bullet for our cause, but we must be willing to make a great sacrifice. Our time, energy, and resources are needed to rescue the unborn. This is one reason why I am so grateful for the Liberty Women’s Clinic. They are committed to rescuing the weak and the needy and showing Christian compassion to the young mothers facing a crisis pregnancy.
As Christians we know first-hand the joy of being delivered from the chords of death through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. As his followers, we ought to be compelled to follow his example. One practical way we can live in light of the gospel is by delivering the unborn from the evils of abortion.