Why I Pray for an End to Sanctity of Life Day

Russell Moore | January 21, 2017

Each January, many churches observe “Sanctity of Human Life” Sunday, and, to be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with it.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a joy to preach the whole counsel of God. And of course it’s not that I think Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is somehow unbiblical. No, indeed. The entire canon of Scripture is filled with God’s commitment to the fatherless and to the widow, his wrath at the shedding of innocent blood.

And I don’t think it’s inappropriate. To the contrary, just as every Lord’s Day should be Christmas, with the announcement of Jesus’s incarnation, and Easter, with the proclamation of his resurrection, so every Lord’s Day should highlight the dignity and worth of human life.

Instead, the reason I have mixed feelings about this day is that it reminds me we have to say things to one another that human beings shouldn’t have to say. Mothers shouldn’t kill their children. Fathers shouldn’t abandon their babies. No human life is worthless, regardless of skin color, age, disability, or economic status. The very fact that these things must be proclaimed is a reminder of the horrors of this present darkness. And I hate it.


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