December 2011 Issue
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
January 15, 2012
Over the past twenty-five years, Southern Baptists have adopted ten resolutions at SBC annual meetings championing the sanctity of human life by stating their opposition to abortion and by promoting pro-life alternatives. In addition to expressing their concern for the safety and well-being of unborn children, Convention messengers have advocated for the welfare of the children's mothers and fathers. A resolution adopted in 2003 states, in part:
RESOLVED, That we offer our prayers, our love, and our advocacy for women and men who have been abused by abortion and the emotional, spiritual, and physical aftermath of this horrific practice; affirming that the gospel of Jesus Christ grants complete forgiveness for any sin, including that of abortion; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge our Southern Baptist churches to remain vigilant in the protection of human life by preaching the whole counsel of God on matters of human sexuality and the sanctity of life, by encouraging and empowering Southern Baptists to adopt unwanted children, by providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support for women in crisis pregnancies, and by calling on our government officials to take action to protect the lives of women and children.
—SBC Resolution: On Thirty Years Of Roe V. Wade, June 2003
One way Southern Baptists can be "champions for life" is to provide a window into the world of the child a pregnant woman is carrying. This is the intent of the Psalm 139 Project—to help pregnancy resource centers secure ultrasound machines. The Psalm 139 Project is dedicated to making people aware of the life-saving potential of ultrasound technology in crisis pregnancy situations and to help pregnancy care centers minister to abortion-vulnerable women by providing ultrasound equipment for them to use. Through the project, concerned individuals can assist in the placement of ultrasound machines in qualified pregnancy care centers. For more information, visit www.psalm139project.org.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission continues to urge Southern Baptists to pray that government and judicial leaders will be persuaded of the pro-life ethic, that a new generation of volunteers will staff the hundreds of pregnancy care centers spread across our nation, and that the Lord will prompt the hearts of His children to contribute toward the placement of life-saving ultrasound technology in many of these pregnancy care centers.
For more information on the Sanctity of Human Life, visit www.erlc.com/life.
"The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." —Job 33:4
"From the very beginning the Bible reveals that human life is sacred because human beings are created in God's image (Genesis 1:27). Humans are distinct in nature and design from all other life; and the differences are of kind, not degree. We are not merely the most advanced life in the animal kingdom. The Bible tells us that all life deserves respect, but that human life demands reverence."
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