Dear Christian Sisters,
January was Sanctity of Life Month. January 21st, specifically, was Sanctity of Life Sunday. What was Sanctity of Life Sunday like for you?
I know it was 2-1/2 weeks ago, which seems like a lifetime. But do you remember?
Many pastors across the United States preached on the Sanctity of Life. Mine did. His sermon was awesome.
But it was just a start.
I heard that a woman in our congregation changed from pro-choice to pro-life. Yay!
I heard that another woman said she was going home to her daughter, who is pregnant out of wedlock, and encouraging her to go through with the pregnancy whereas she had previously planned to promote abortion. YAY!
These are victories!
But they are just the start.
I went home simultaneously encouraged and disappointed.
I was encouraged because our pastor got so many things right.
- He explained that God is the Creator of life, including the life of the pre-born.
- He explained that God is both the judge of sin and the Savior for sinners!
- He exhorted the church to go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to love and serve women, men, and babies.
But that is just the start.
And so I was disappointed.
Until the Lord reminded me that He has lit a fire inside of me to get The Church to go even further. This is the mission the Lord has given me.
- We, The Church, must talk more about abortion in the church than in politics—beyond Sanctity of Life Sunday.
- We, The Church, must change the focus from saving the mortal lives of babies to saving the eternal lives of women and the men who get them pregnant. And when women choose to go through with the pregnancy, we need to focus on saving the eternal lives of those babies. The Great Commission tells us to do so (Matthew 28:19).
- We, The Church, must teach sexual purity (Matthew 28:20)—because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)—not leave sex education to the schools, TV, and social media (Deuteronomy 6:7).
- We, The Church, must repent of our unwillingness to talk about abortion and sexual immorality.
- We, The Church, must help women and men heal from abortion and sexual immorality.
- We, The Church, must repent of its sexual sins in order to show God that we’re ready for revival (2 Chronicles 7:14).
What did you think of your pastor’s Sanctity of Life sermon? Post a comment below. And if you have a link to your pastor’s message, please include it!
I’ll put two links in the comments below, including a link to David Platt’s message.