“Only human beings were expressly created as God’s image bearers, and this absolute conviction must be upheld by a society or it risks moral decay.”
Since 1973, over 59 million American lives have been lost to abortion. Depending on your stance, this statistic could bring about any number of reactions: exasperation, frustration, horror, disgust, sorrow, indifference, or acceptance. At New Hope the number of lives lost saddens us as much as it pushes us to reach out to those in need.
Once we move past the surface questions of how and why, the one question that continually resounds is simple and to the point: what would have made the difference in each one of those situations?
The knee-jerk reaction is to point fingers at everyone involved in an abortion: the mother, the father, unsupportive relatives, the church, the government, the clinics, and cultural pressures. However, none of those factors can support the weight of over 59 million lives. Instead, we all bear the burden of this statistic; we all bear witness to the blight upon our nation.
Contrary to popular belief the answer does not lie in finding a way to outlaw abortion— although, that is a byproduct of the real solution. As beings made in the image of God, we need to remember the sanctity of human life. This belief must permeate into every aspect of our world: personal, professional, and societal.
Abortion will no longer be a viable option when the truth and value of unborn life is recognized and accepted.
Over the last 45 years, abortion in the United States has not only taken the lives of over 59 million unborn babies, it has affected our nation’s conscience. Abortion has been touted as a simple fix to a complex problem, and in our haste to hide our indiscretions we did not notice its toxic impact on our personal beliefs, our families, and our nation’s moral code. We cannot take back the lives lost, but we can lead a shift in our country’s mindset.
At New Hope, we empower those affected by unplanned pregnancy to make life-affirming decisions by providing help, hope and accurate information. We do this because we recognize the sanctity of human life, which goes beyond the unborn baby at risk. Every boy, girl, man, and woman who walks through our doors reflects the image of our Creator. This means they are worthy of our love, our help, and our respect.
The numbers seem insurmountable, but together we can make a difference.
(Join us Monday, Jan. 22, at Living Word Church for our annual Celebration of Life. The short program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end with a candle lighting and prayer.)