It was Sanctity of Life Sunday 2020. My pastor preached on Psalm 139 and the sin of abortion that Sunday morning. He started his sermon with some facts. More than 60 million babies have been murdered in America since 1973. What a grievous tragedy!
Certainly, this was not the first time I heard about abortion. That took place exactly 13 years earlier on Sanctity Life Sunday 2007. I was ten years old and innocent regarding abortion. At church, a couple came forward and shared their testimony, including their past sin of abortion and then God’s work of mercy in their hearts. The pastor shared some statistics about abortion in our country before leading a time of corporate prayer for God’s mercy and forgiveness. I remember him saying some 40 million babies had been murdered. I was shocked and incredulous that this was happening. My innocence was shattered that day. God graciously saved me a couple of years later. I continued to watch other Christians participate in prolife ministry. However, it was when I sat in church on Sanctity of Life Sunday 2020 and heard my pastor speak of the more than 60 million babies that had been murdered since 1973 and what God’s Word had to say about abortion, that I was broken in grief, convicted that I needed to minster to these mothers and their babies. Roughly a million babies or so had been murdered each year in our nation since I had first heard about abortion. And I had done nothing. So what would God have me do?
It was that day that the Lord used my pastor preaching on Psalm 139 to convict me and I knew I needed to be obedient to the Lord by His grace. After that sermon, I knew I wanted minister at an abortion mill where lives were being taken and to plead with these ladies to not take the life of their child. I wanted to offer them the free offer of the Gospel and help them find true hope in Christ. But how? What would God have me do? Providentially, our church had become involved with Cities4Life over the past year, so on Monday I filled out a volunteer application after browsing their website and praying for direction.
The verses in Ephesians 1:6-8 speak of our salvation in Christ as, “to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” This is one of my favorite passages. When I think of the riches God has granted me in saving me through the obedience unto death of His Son and giving me the Holy Spirit who transforms me into the image of God, I want to glorify Him. As a Christian, I am in Christ and one of His beloved children. What better news could I have to share with the women going into an abortion clinic? Without knowing Him, they are left trusting in their own understanding, in bondage to fear and sin going to take the life of their child. Nothing I could ever poses is more precious, praiseworthy, or of greater value to share with my fellow man than this good news of the free offer of the Gospel. May Christ be glorified as we continue to offer help (by His grace alone), hope (in Him alone) and healing (for His glory alone) on the sidewalks of Charlotte’s abortion mills.