True Religion Defends Life Against Abortion (James 1:19-27)
Since 1973, 60 million babies have been killed through the legal practice of abortion. Tragically, the legal nature of abortion doesn’t change its lethal nature, nor does it change the fact that abortion unfairly targets minorities in our country. In other words, abortion is not unjust in general; abortion’s injustice specifically targets black and Hispanic babies.
Since 2010, I have preached a sanctity of human life message every January. This year, my sermon considered the historic, racist aims of abortion and the deadly influence of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, on our country. Sanger’s reputation has been whitewashed through the years, but her lethal ideology shows its true colors when we learn more of her history.
In this year's Sanctity of Human Life sermon, I trace some of her history and explain why it pleases God, protects the image of God, and produces Christlikeness to stand for life. Please take time to listen to this important message. You can find the sermon notes here. Discussion questions and additional resources are below.
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
- In what ways have you encountered abortion, the pro-life movement, or pregnancy care centers? Why does this issue matter?
- See Genesis 1:26–31; Psalm 139; Proverbs 24:10–12; Jeremiah 19:45–5; Luke 1:39–45; James 1:26–27. What does the Bible say about the sanctity of human life? How central is this problem to the message of the gospel?
- What are some of the historical factors that have influenced and increased abortion? What does race have to do with abortion?
- What are ways the gospel speaks truth and grace to those seeking abortion? How might you give a word of hope to those who have chosen abortion, or are considering abortion?
- What resources are available for women who are abortion-minded? See Care Net Resources.
- Take time reading, watching the resources below. What is one step you can take in joining the pro-life movement?
- Four Ideas That Led Margaret Sanger and Others to Deadly Consequences
- Abortion and Race (Abort 73)
- U.S. Abortion Statistics (Abort 73)
- From Bloodlines to Bloodline (A sermon by John Piper)
- The Pro-Life Movement Needs More Wilberforces by Gracy Olmstead
- Killer Angel: A Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger by George Grant
- Abortion Rites: A Social History of Abortion in America by Marvin Olaskey
- The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture by Scott Klusendorf
Soli Deo Gloria, ds