With all that’s in the U.S. news, you may not remember that it is Sanctity of Life Month.
Let’s not forget that January 22 is the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. And remember that four states and the District of Columbus legalized elective abortion before Roe and Doe.
In an effort to never forget the millions of babies legally murdered, spend some time this weekend to review the best pro-life Bible verses.
More Than Psalm 139
Psalm 139 is the most quoted pro-life Bible verse, but the New Testament has more convincing proof that God values the lives of the pre-born.
If you’re not sure God is pro-life, read the following verses in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16 NASB)
Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. (Psalm 22:10 NASB)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1: 5a NASB)
“Didn’t He who made me in the womb make him, and the same One fashion us in the womb?” (Job 31:15 NASB)
Twins Jacob & Esau
The children (Jacob and Esau) struggled together within her, and she said, “If so, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. (Genesis 25:22 ESV)
In the womb he (Jacob) took his brother by the heel. (Hosea 12: 3a NASB).
And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins (Jacob and Esau) were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls. (Romans 9:10-11 NASB)
And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.” (Judges 16:17 ESV)
Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me. (Isaiah 49: 1 NASB)
And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and My God is My strength. (Isaiah 49: 5 NASB)
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased… (Galatians 1:15 NASB)
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3 ESV)
What may be more convincing is this verse about God knowing all the people of Israel before they were born:
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone. (Isaiah 44:24 NASB)
Best Pro-Life Bible Verses
The best pro-life Bible verses are in the New Testament. These verses require a little knowledge of Greek, but fortunately we can look up Greek meanings using the Blue Letter Bible website.
The New Testament was written in Greek. The Greek word brephos is used to refer to both a pre-born baby (Luke 1:41, 44) and children (Luke 18: 15-17). Luke was a doctor.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby (brephos) leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41, 44 ESV)
And they were even bringing their babies (brephos) to Him so He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they started rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” (Luke 18: 15-17 NASB)
I’m from Minnesota, and my license plate frame says, “My ❤️ belongs to Minneapolis.”
I am heartbroken over George Floyd’s death and the destruction of property, especially small businesses, in Minneapolis and around the country.
Racism is evil. We must end racism. There’s no excuse for Mr. Floyd’s murder nor Ahmaud Arbery’s or so many more.
Some say that we should be just as angry, if not more, about the millions of black lives murdered by way of abortion. Yes, we should, but we need to meet people where they are.
We are not going to convince African Americans that black pre-born babies matter if we can’t even value their lives.
We blame Margaret Sanger, but we don’t hold each other accountable for judging others based on their skin color. We must check our own hearts.
If you’re a banker, give business loans regardless of color. If you are a school counselor, encourage people to apply for the best colleges because they are capable. If you live in a predominantly white neighborhood, treat your neighbors the way you want to be treated.
If we want the violence to end—both rioting and abortion—then we have to be humbly righteous (which admittedly is redundant).
We must first become righteous through confession and forgiveness, THEN ask God to send the Holy Spirit powerfully to earth so that revival brings others to righteousness.
Righteousness in us makes Christ attractive to others, bringing them to righteousness. With righteousness, rioting ends, racism ends, abortion ends.
This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. I praise the pastors who are brave enough to address abortion from the pulpit, and I’m looking forward to hearing all the recordings of what they say!
Will Everyone Show Up?
But most post-abortive women won’t be there.
￼Women who have not yet healed from their abortions may avoid church on Sunday.
￼Many post-abortive women won’t go to church￼ at all because they don’t think they are worthy of God’s love.
Many post-abortive women in and out of The Church think abortion is the unforgivable sin.￼
We need to pray for these women!
Post-Abortive Men, Too
…and for the men who pressured, supported, or coerced women to have abortions.￼
Often, men don’t realize that their souls are suffering because of their role in abortion, so let’s pray that sermons preached this Sunday open their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading.￼
Let’s Pray & Worship for the End of Abortion
Let’s pray that post-abortive women everywhere trust the agape love of the Lord to forgive them of all of their sins so that they can live close to the Lord in complete righteousness for the rest of their days here on earth (e.g., no more abortions or extramarital sex) as well as for eternity.￼
Friends, there are not enough people from this generation going to heaven!
We need to do our part in praying and worshiping for:
the end of abortion
complete healing for all post-abortive women and men (even the angry ones)
our churches to be welcoming to the millions of women and men who have been hurt by abortion
That’s what the Great Commission looks like!￼
Note to Post-Abortive Women & Men
If you have had an abortion, be kind to yourself as you follow God’s leading to complete healing.
Healing is a process. Participating in a post-abortion healing class is part of the process.
Contact your local pregnancy resource center to get enrolled. This time of year, they get a lot of calls, so they are likely starting a new class soon. Don’t hesitate. You’re worth it!
Last year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—January 22, 2019—New York announced its late-term abortion law. They lit up their city in pink. We weren’t ready. Will we be ready for what happens this year?
Last year, everyone was surprised that any state would allow abortion right up to birth, but what they didn’t realize is that New York was not the first to make late-term abortion legal.
With that revelation, the undecided suddenly started paying attention to the debate.
We have spent this last year debating, arguing, and fighting about whether abortion should be legal.
Many states have liberalized their abortion laws.
Many states have made their abortion laws more conservative.
Are We Ready for the New Year & Sanctity of Life Month?
Once again, Sanctity of Life Month is upon us. Are we ready? Do we know how to talk…
to those who have not yet decided whether they are pro-life or pro-choice?
about the value of life while being kind?
(speaking the truth in love!)
about the value of life without talking politics?
As soon as we talk about abortion, people put us into a political conversation, assuming that we are all Republicans.
We are so divided politically. And some people think Republicans are heartless. Some people think we must get all of our social programs in order before we can end the legalization of abortion and assume that all Republicans are against social programs.
I hate politics because my elected officials don’t represent me. They represent their platform and the money that paid their way into office. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I refuse to choose any political party, but I always vote pro-life because if we don’t value life in the womb then we aren’t going to value the lives of those who need social programs (and my siblings are two of them—read ReTestedfor that story).
But I do support the Democrats for Life of America because I believe they are the key to changing laws. But they need more money than the Planned Parenthood lobbyists who pay for late-term abortion legislation.
We must remember that the goal is not to convert people to a political party. The goal is to make disciples, which includes teaching Christ’s ways (Matthew 28:19-20). When people love Christ, they value life. When they value life, our politics will change.
We must start with Christians. As many as 36% of abortions are by women who go to church at least once per month (“Abortion and the Church” by Care Net). It doesn’t matter which denomination. That number needs to be zero. We’re arrogant if we think God will rescue our country when we Christians don’t value life.
Send me your questions about how to respond to what people say. I’ll use your questions and my recommended responses as blog posts, and then we can all support each other with suggestions in the comments.
Thank you for supporting life for defenseless babies and for the lost women and men who are scared, whose hearts are veiled, who are blind to the evil one and his schemes.
Today, we continue to how King David described the consequences of unconfessed sin.
Despite David’s efforts to cover up his sin, the fighting men seem to have figured out that David had Uriah killed given that Bathsheba’s father was one of the mighty men (2 Samuel 23:34; 11:3) and that her grandfather Ahithophel later conspired against David (2 Samuel 15:31).
Perhaps all the people in Jerusalem figured out David’s sins (because not all rumors are false) but were afraid to say anything.
Until Nathan confronts David, the king thinks he has gotten away with his sins of extra-marital sex and murder (2 Samuel 11:27).
David Confessed His Sins
After Nathan explains things, David immediately takes responsibility and confesses his sin (2 Samuel 12:1-13).
As you know, David sang nearly half the Psalms. I say sang because psalm means song. Did he write them before he sang them, or did he sing them and then write them down? We don’t know.
But after he takes responsibility for what he did, David goes into the Tent of Meeting and sings his confession, as recorded in Psalm 51.
He also sings Psalm 32. In Psalm 32, David elegantly described what happened while he had unconfessed sin:
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:3-5 NASB, emphasis mine)
From Psalm 32 and from Psalm 51, we learn what happens when we murder and commit adultery:
When we keep silent about our sin, our bodies waste away (Psalm 32:3).
The Lord’s hand is heavy upon us (Psalm 32:4).
Our vitality is drained away (Psalm 32:4).
We yearn to hear joy and gladness again (Psalm 51:8).
We can’t wait for our broken bones to rejoice (Psalm 51:8).
We want to be renewed with a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
We want to feel the Holy Spirit within us (Psalm 51:11).
We want to be restored with the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
More Holy Spirit!
Like King David, once we have confessed we can feel the Holy Spirit within us, and perhaps then other people will see that we have more fruit of the Spirit—