Human rights issues are actively being addressed on the streets of our nation today. There are nation-wide calls for major reform of our nation's policies for underrepresented communities. There is one community, however, that is underrepresented that isn't able to stand up for themselves and demand reform of national policies that discriminate against them. This is the community of the unborn. In 2016 the CDC reported 623,471 abortions from 48 reporting areas. That is more than 1,700 legal abortions per day in the United States. 1,700 kids lose their lives before they have the chance to speak for themselves. It is up to us to give our unborn children a voice, and it's not enough to simply be "not pro-abortion," you have to be actively pro-life.
Mother Teresa served the poorest of the poor people in the world. She dedicated her life to breathing the love of Christ into people who were that they are "not good enough." She saw the worst and poorest conditions, and she worked for people who were cast aside by the rest of society. In her 1979 Noble Peace Prize acceptance speech, Mother Teresa spoke of the value of every life. During this speech, Mother Teresa stated that "the nations who have legalized abortion are the poorest nations... if a mother can murder her child, what is left, but you and I to kill one another."
In the moment of conception, a person's life is created. A life with a physical body, a developing mind, and a real soul. A person who is loved unconditionally by God. A person whose heart starts beating three weeks later. A person who has a mother, and a father. A person who will develop dreams and aspirations, who will face love and loss, happiness and pain. A person who has the opportunity to change the world. A person who Jesus died to save. A person who can be legally murdered in the United States of America by his or her own parents.
Unborn lives matter. It is a crisis that denies the right to human life on earth to people who don't have voices to defend themselves. It is a crisis that does not know the bounds of race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status. It is a crime against humanity that violates even our own American values. It denies the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. These people, the unborn community, are denied the self-evident truth that their Creator has endowed them with the right to life itself, without their consent, by the very same government that has the just power to abolish the right for a mother to murder her child.
Every person is a unique and unrepeatable creation that reflects the very image of the God who created us, but with our freedom we corrupted our nature through sin. Our corrupted humanity has resulted in a broken world, saturated with murder, racism, hate, cheating, rape, lies, death, and every other atrocity that is committed under the sun. It is the desperate desire of God's heart to bring us all back to Him. He wants us to love every person, just as He loves us, and no human person is excluded from this call to love, including unborn babies. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.
God is so pro-life that He gave His only begotten Son to be subjected to the atrocities of the world for the atonement of our sins. No matter where you come from, no matter what you have done, every life is important to God, including the lives of the unborn. Our children are our most precious gifts. We need to heal from the culture of abortion. If you've had an abortion you aren't excluded from the love of God and the need for the life-giving healing that only comes through Jesus Christ. Even if you've had an abortion, He can heal your heart. You are invited to the banquet table in His Kingdom, with all of the unborn babies who were never given the fullness of the gift of life that Jesus offers, and all you have to do is accept the invitation, repent of your sins, and follow Jesus.