Celebrating Sanctity of Human Life Sunday In Your Church

January 16, 2014

Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. If you are a pastor or church leader, I encourage you to celebrate this in your church. Here are a few resources you might consider:

1) Here’s an oped I cowrote with my colleague Andrew Walker for Christianity Today. A snippet:

As evangelicals who came of age during the culture wars, we’re part of a generation ready to move past the pitched left-right debates. The critiques of Christian political activism have held some merit: A hyper-focus on elections, voter guides, and strategy has often buried the gospel story. Sometimes following Christ has strangely looked like following an elephant or a donkey.

We need the hope, optimism, willingness of new generation of evangelicals to get dirty serving the poor, fighting for justice, and eschewing party labels. Their wide-eyed engagement has awakened new interest in bipartisan horrors such as human trafficking, environmental degradation, the orphan crisis, and child poverty in underdeveloped nations.

And yet, in our rush to justice, we cannot forget the prophet Micah’s haunting words:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8, ESV)

These words motivate our desire as God’s kingdom people, to pursue justice where we can and pray for it where we cannot. But what about causes that push against the culture? Surely God’s intention for his church didn’t simply include only a portfolio of chic causes.

And that leads us to the pro-life movement, dating back to the 1970s. Being pro-life was missional, incarnational, and radical way before those terms became evangelical buzzwords. And yet, caring for and advocating on behalf of the unborn remains controversial.

You can read the rest here.

2) The ERLC has released a number of excellent resources for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, including: 

  • A bulletin insert
  • A sermon outline
  • A short video by Dr. Russell Moore

You can access those here

3) You might also provide a way for your people to connect with a local prolife crisis pregnancy center. Here are a few links: