We Live in a Dark World - So Let's Celebrate Life!
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139:13-16, NKJV).
In January, 1984 President Ronald Regan issued a proclamation designating Sunday, January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states. Since then, the third Sunday in January has been observed by churches as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This year, the observation takes place on Sunday, January 21.
A Society of Darkness and Death
Our western society stresses perfection, from physical beauty to emotional control, promoting a culture of death. This month marks 45 years since Roe v. Wade; in that time more than 60 million unborn lives have been lost in the U.S. to abortion. Those persons could have grown up to be teachers, doctors, business owners, moms, dads, inventors, scientists – perhaps even have found cures for diseases like cancer. We live in a world where many believe the weakest among us have no right to live. Icelandic women terminate nearly 100 percent of unborn children deemed likely to have Down Syndrome, and other countries have similar abortion rates for such a diagnosis: Denmark – 98 percent; France 77 percent; and the United States 67 percent. Euthanasia for the terminally ill, such as cancer patients, and for the elderly is also increasing. Calling it “Death with Dignity,” several states are considering laws to allow such practices, and five, including Colorado, have laws on the books allowing physician-assisted suicide. This option of taking one’s own life due to suffering or fear of suffering is celebrated by many. The value of life has certainly decreased in our world.
Life Over Death
Why should we value life, from conception to natural death? Most importantly, because God is the giver and taker of life.
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself…’” – Isaiah 44:24
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5
“A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” – Job 14:5
“My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.” – Psalm 31:15
According to the National Right to Life, the primary principle for the organization and its affiliates is: “to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.” Even the writers of the American Constitution valued life, penning words our nation has held dear for generations, that people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Celebrate and Encourage Life!
You can join in the celebration of life this weekend. In addition to the National March for Life and Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, DC this weekend, there will be a local March for Life in Casper on Saturday afternoon, January 20. Supported by the Natrona4Life organization, a chapter of the Wyoming Right to Life, the event begins at 2 pm at City Park near downtown. There will be speakers and a walk around the park, located between Center and Wolcott streets, near these churches: St. Anthony’s Catholic Church; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; and Grace Reformed Church at City Park (formerly First Presbyterian). Refreshments will be served at Grace Reformed, located at 804 South Wolcott, after the march.
I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly - Jesus (John 10:10).