Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.” Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, “Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.” These will ask Him, “When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?” And Jesus will answer them, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!” Mt 25:31-46 (para)
Mother Teresa’s riveting 1994 address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC was an open rebuke to President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice-President Al and Tipper Gore, and advocates of abortion everywhere. Here are a few key excerpts:
I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given to drugs… Why is it… when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? … Our children depend on us for everything… But often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So the children go to the streets and get involved in drugs or other things… These are the things that break peace.
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love… to respect the life of her child. The father of that child… must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.
And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion…
“Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand” (Is 49:15-16). [T]hat unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and called by God to love and to be loved, not only in this life, but forever. God can never forget us…
Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child… We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love. And this is what happens when we tell people to practice… abortion.
If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world [again]. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak – the unborn child – must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you! (Speech by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 3, 1994, Transcript; C-Span Video; Audio).
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) – Many churches marked the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade this past Sunday, reaffirming commitment to protecting the preborn based upon Scripture and the U.S. Constitution. Others will observe SOHLS this coming Sunday, January 24th. If your church did not highlight this important day of remembrance, please contact your pastor and ask him to do so this coming Sunday.
Friday, January 22, will be the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is a woman’s constitutional right and overturned laws restricting abortion in all 50 states. Roe unleashed an evil in America that God-fearing Americans have failed to stop via the political process in over 4 decades. Many Bible-believing Christians believe Roe v. Wade brought a biblical curse upon our nation, opening the doors to innumerable troubles.
Our “culture of death” has become so pervasive and common-place that researchers, in the name of science, provide Planned Parenthood a ready market for aborted baby parts. Those who understand Scripture know that Roe v. Wade is a Pandora’s Box that will remain open, unleashing its horde of evils until it is repented of and overturned. We must remain committed and persist in extraordinary prayer until that day. Yet many of America’s churches have never heard a pro-life/anti-abortion sermon. And many who have, have waned in their devotion to the cause. Thus the consciences of too many Christians are insufficiently stirred to pray, to be involved in pro-life ministry or citizen action to reverse this evil.
The good news is that, after 43 years, we are beginning to see the light. Polls show young people are more pro-life than their parents. Several state legislatures have acted to restrict abortion in various ways: safety standards for abortion “clinics,” hospital privileges for abortion “doctors” in an accredited hospitals close enough to provide emergency care for women with botched abortions, limits to the gestation stage in which babies may be legally aborted, etc. A wave of laws was enacted, especially in the aftermath of the public learning of Kermit Gosnell’s house of abortion horrors. Yet each of these laws has been challenged and the Supreme Court will ultimately decide on their constitutionality.
In the early 2000’s, Congress enacted and President George W. Bush signed: the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002), the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2002). The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (PBABA) was vetoed by Bill Clinton in the 90’s but passed by a bipartisan majority in both houses in 2003 and signed by President Bush. Republican gains in the House and Senate since 2010 have led to a firmly pro-life Congress. A majority in both houses voted this month to gut funding to Obamacare, the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, and to drastically reduce federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The president quietly and quickly vetoed these new measures. The House has scheduled a vote to override his veto for Tuesday, January 26th. A 2/3 majority vote is required in both houses to override the president’s veto, but such is unlikely, especially in the Senate.
Electing a pro-life president and Congress are paramount to our hope for overturning Roe v. Wade and a pro-life future. With an aging Supreme Court, our next president could nominate as many as four Justices during his or her tenure. A pro-life Senate would quickly confirm our new president’s pro-life nominees. The gates to this darkness could soon be closed and this evil subdued. All depends upon God’s people and our prevailing prayer and action.
- May God help us to pray and act as we ought! May God awaken us from the apathy that has prevailed in the church for so long! May God find repentance in us and send awakening in America this year. And may we elect a pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty president and Congress who will work together to revere and preserve the sanctity of human life that our Forefathers created the Constitution to protect! (Ex 18:21; Dt 5:17; 30:19; Joel 2:12-18, 32;Jn 10:10; Eph 6:10-20; 1 Tim 6:10-20; Rev 12:11 )
Finally, the March for Life will take place this Friday January 22nd in Washington, DC. Cold, snowy weather is forecast. FRC will host the annual ProLifeCon Friday morning before the March to inspire, inform and equip pro-life Social Media activists to accomplish what we must in 2016. FRC’s good friend, Justice Foundation founder, Pro-life Constitutional attorney, and national prayer leader Allan Parker has partnered with PrayerSurgeNow and other national prayer leaders to host an 8-hour-long telephonic prayer meeting on Friday. Praying believers across America are invited to call in and pray as able any time between 9 AM ET and 5 PM ET, Call: 712-432-0075, Pass Code: 6149782#, Mute: *6. Thank you for praying!