HAVE YOU THOUGHT LATELY ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE?
The Boise March for Life takes place every January on the weekend anniversary of Roe v Wade to commemorate the over 50 million unborn children that have been lost since the infamous Supreme Court ruling. The March and rally that follows are a celebration of life and demonstration in the belief that all life is sacred. On January 19, 2019, Right to Life of Idaho will host the 46th Annual Boise March for Life!!
Being pro-life is not in opposition to science. It’s quite the opposite in fact! Medical and technological advancements continue to reaffirm the science behind the pro-life cause – that life begins at fertilization, or day one, when egg meets sperm and a new, unique, human embryo is created.
From the moment of fertilization, our DNA is present, whether it’s 23 pairs of chromosomes or 22.
The unique fingerprint that each of us has – distinguishing us from any other human on the planet, is determined by that DNA at day one! Right from the beginning of life, you are becoming the unique, incredible, unrepeatable person that you are! There is an abundance of scientific resources supporting the pro-life cause. Did you know that medical authorities determine a person to be “alive” if there is either a detectable heartbeat or brain-wave activity. With that in mind, it is eye-opening for some to realize that unborn children have detectable heartbeats at 18 days (two and one-half weeks) after conception and detectable brain-wave activity 40 days (a little over five and one-half weeks) after conception. What is so shocking is that essentially 100 percent of all abortions occur after the seventh week of pregnancy.
Why are children aborted? The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) states:
· 1 percent are victims of incest or rape
· 1 percent had fetal abnormalities
· 4 percent had a doctor who said their health would worsen if they continued the pregnancy
· 50 percent said they didn’t want to be a single parent or they had problems in current relationships
· 66 percent stated they could not afford a child
· 75 percent said the child would interfere with their lives.
When are children aborted? Fifty percent of all abortions are performed at eight weeks; 25 percent at nine to ten weeks; 14 percent at eleven to twelve weeks; 5 percent at thirteen to fifteen weeks; 4 percent at sixteen to twenty weeks; and 2 percent after twenty weeks.
How many children are aborted? If you are an American citizen, no doubt your greatest interest is in your own nation. Let me break the abortions down to a national statistic: 1,600,000 babies are aborted in these United States every year. Per day, that’s 4,383; per hour, it’s 183; per minute, 3. That’s correct—in America alone 3 children are killed every minute.
I can hear a few passionate pro-life activists urging me to turn to the verse that says, “Thou shalt not get an abortion,” so everyone will understand that the issue, so far as the Bible goes, is a slam-dunk. There is no such verse. Since that is true, we must search God’s timeless Word for scriptures that assist us in coming to correct conclusions. By thinking through the logic we are often able to arrive at positions that are virtually airtight.
The first chapter of Genesis is the account of God’s creative actions as He originated all things. In Genesis 1:26 we read the words of the Godhead, speaking together, “Let Us make man in Our image.” Never before has such a statement appeared in Scripture, nor will it ever appear related to animal, plant or any other life, including life that might be in the planetary spaces. This is limited to human life. Only human life—by God’s design—possesses the image of God.
It should not surprise us, then, when we turn to Exodus 20:13 and read, “You shall not murder.” Why? Because there is something distinctly precious and unique about human life. In God’s view, it is so precious and unique He commands that it must be protected and preserved. It alone represents “the image of God.” This precious human life is not to be treated violently by other human beings.
I encourage you, if at all possible, to make some noise about this issue, and stand in support of the unborn, who can’t speak for themselves.
The Idaho March for Life will leave the Gene Harris Bandshell at Julia Davis Park (150 N Capitol Blvd. Boise, ID) at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019, and arrive at the steps of the Idaho State Capitol building (700 W Jefferson St. Boise, ID) for a rally for life.
Thank you Deer Flat Church for being Christ like! This is why I love being the pastor of such a tremendous flock of people! Really. I can’t wait to see you this Sunday! I Love My Church!