Sanctity of Life

This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS). It seems odd that we would have to set aside a day to remind ourselves that life is precious. But these are indeed changing times. All life, whether inside the womb or out, is precious life created by God, our maker. On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was a legal, fundamental right. So for any reason at all, the life of the unborn can be terminated. National Right To Life estimates that, since this Supreme Court decision 44 years ago, more than 58,500,000 unborn children have lost their lives. And this estimate is based on data reported through 2015, so the number is likely approaching 60,000,000. President Ronald Reagan, a strong pro-life advocate, said that in Roe v. Wage, the Supreme Court “struck down our laws protecting the lives of unborn children”. In 1983, President Reagan established SOHLS by proclamation. The day is held annually on the Sunday that falls closest to January 22. Since 1983, the SOHLS proclamation has been issued by Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama declined to issue this proclamation. As a Christian, the Bible should always be the basis for our beliefs on any issue. So as we turn to the Word, we find – “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deut. 30:19. It is clear that the choices we make in our lives should always be on the side of life! Almost 60,000,000 babies were not only stripped of their lives, but of any opportunities to make a choice. Let’s pray that our new president chooses to honor life!

“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT).