A note from Pastor Dan Haas, Director of Ministries, TLNDuring the nine month gestation period, when was Jesus not a person? When was He not fully alive or human? NEVER! These principles hold true for every child in the womb today. Mary could have been stoned. As a single mother, she could not afford a child. She would have been homeless. Mary chose life and we honor her for that decision 2,000 years later.
…Will you resolve to stand for the life of the unborn in this nation and around the world? January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. Regrettably, the life of the unborn has been reduced to a battle between the political left and right in this nation.
However, a snapshot of abortion statistics reveal that abortion is the greatest moral issue facing Western civilization and our nation today.
313,914,040 – United States population in 2012
55,833,000 – Abortions in the United States since 1973
1,200,000 – Abortions in the United States in 2011
7,091,048,691 – World population in January 2013
1,300,000,000 – Abortions worldwide since 1980
Our nation was outraged and grief stricken when 20 elementary children were murdered in their school rooms this past December. This murderous act was rightly termed to be evil. Can the systematic murder of 1,200,000 children per year in the safety of their mother’s womb be anything less than evil?
When I realize that over one sixth of the US population has died from having their limbs amputated, their skulls crushed and then disposed of in the garbage, it is shocking and sickening! Nothing approaches the devastation on human life that abortion is producing. Not war, not famine. Not disease. Not natural disasters. Why do we allow this to occur?
The Guttmacher Institute did a study in 2004 that listed the reasons women in the United States gave for having an abortion. The two top reasons cited:
- 74% – having a baby would dramatically change my life
- 73% – cannot afford a baby
The two least likely reasons women cited for their abortion:
1. .05% – pregnancy by incest
2. 1% – victim of rape
Luke 1:26-27 describes the angel Gabriel’s conversation with Mary concerning her pregnancy with the baby Jesus. The incarnation affirms God’s position on life. God did not send His Son to earth as a newborn or fully grown man. He sent His Son to earth as a fetus in the womb.
During the nine month gestation period, when was Jesus not a person? When was He not fully alive or human? NEVER! These principles hold true for every child in the womb today. Mary could have been stoned. As a single mother, she could not afford a child. She would have been homeless. Mary chose life and we honor her for that decision 2,000 years later.
Of course, there are consequences to choosing life. There is the shame and ostracizing of a pregnancy out of wedlock. Someone has to support the mother and child. Mary and Joseph experienced these difficulties. So have my wife and I. We were very disappointed to learn of our daughter’s pregnancy out of wedlock. However, we were proud of her decision to have her baby boy. For six years, my wife and I invested our time and resources into caring for our daughter and grandson. Was that easy? No! We faced numerous challenges. Do we have regrets? No! God always makes provision to do His will. Today, my daughter has a wonderful husband who loves her and our grandson.
God bless you, Pastor. Do not be weary in well-doing. Remember, you are working with God, not for Him.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dan Haas, Director of Ministries, TLN