Each year, in January and in recognition of Sanctity of Life month, Liberty Baptist Church on Big Bethel Road in Hampton sets up an elaborate display of small crosses along the road. According to an article in the Daily Press, each of the 2,470 crosses represents an abortion performed in the United States daily.
Several years ago, when I first encountered the ocean of crosses, I was saddened. Not just for each life taken in an abortive procedure, but also for each woman who had an abortion and who might encounter this grove of tiny crosses during a drive. I have known women who had abortions and who live each day feeling shame and condemnation for it. The crosses might convict these women further. The purpose, however, according to the Daily Press article, is for awareness and not to condemn anyone. Women who have had abortions are welcome into the loving arms of our Savior without condemnation (Romans 8:1).
Tomorrow, Sunday, January 23, is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. In 1983, President Reagan issued a proclamation establishing that the Sunday which falls closest to the day Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases decisions were issued – January 22, 1973 – would be recognized as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
The purpose of this proclamation is to focus on the “intrinsic value of human life and the right to human life, as recognized by the American Founding Fathers.”
In Romans 3:23, Paul reminds us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God makes no distinction between “levels of sin” – sin is sin, no matter what. Women who have had abortions can be forgiven and saved by the grace of God just like anyone else. Please pray for these women you may know, and if you get an opportunity tomorrow, or anytime during the coming year, make sure they know that they can find comfort in Jesus.
View the video “Life: love it. protect it.” here.