Summary: This lesson is based on a SermonCentral contributor Dan Jacques titled “Dismantling the Myths of Abortion”. I preached the sermon for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
A. As you know, I usually like to start my sermons on the light side, but today’s subject isn’t one to joke about.
1. Let’s begin with something obvious and yet sobering: think about the fact that any of us here today under age 38 are alive because your parents chose life.
2. A different and legal choice could have been made which would have taken away our lives.
B. Today is called Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS), and there are many preachers like myself, who will bring a message today on this subject.
1. I am prolife – this is not a political stance; it is a moral and spiritual stance.
2. I support and work with a group called Friends for Life, which seeks to educate people, especially young people, about the value of life.
3. Periodically, I preach on the subject. My records show that the last time I gave a special message on this subject on Sanctity of Life Sunday was three years ago.
C. On September 11, 2001 over 3500 lives were extinguished when those two planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
1. When this occurred the world mourned the loss of so many innocent victims.
2. Other countries joined us in our attempt to rid the world of those who would do such a thing.
3. As a country, we continue to mourn this senseless act of murder that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 when over 3500 lives were instantly eliminated.
D. But guess what? On September 12, 2001, 4000 other lives were extinguished.
1. And again on September 13 and 14 and 15.
2. Every day in the U.S. there are over 4000 unborn babies whose lives are ended by abortion.
3. 4000 innocent victims each day, 28,000 each week, 112,000 each month and 1,460,000 each year.
4. 38 years ago the Supreme Court of the United States of America handed down their infamous decision in Roe v. Wade making abortion on demand a legal reality in this great nation.
5. That decision put into motion the destruction of over 53 million human babies.
6. I ask where is the outrage? Where is the mourning?
7. Where is the commitment to bring this kind of destructive force to an end?
D. As you know, the Central New York community has been outraged by the newborn baby that was recently found dead in a garbage dumpster.
1. The police have found the mother and charged her with 2nd degree murder.
2. She may have acted a lone, or she may have had assistance; the investigation continues.
3. Our hearts should break for the loss of this innocent life, and for a mother who would feel such desperation and confusion that she would take such measures.
4. I am not surprised by the reaction of the general public and the wrathful sentiment that this mother should get everything that is coming to her.
5. What I am surprised by is the fact that I have not heard a single person say that the irony of the situation is that this mother could have gone into an abortion clinic and eliminated the very same baby with the help of a doctor without prosecution.
6. Many states will not allow for the abortion of a baby that late in pregnancy unless there is real danger to the mother’s physical or mental health.
7. But there are 10 states that will perform an abortion at any time, no questions asked – 3 of them boarder our state.
E. So I ask you, why it is considered murder the one way but not the other? It just doesn’t make sense, but so many are blinded to the truth of it.
F. As I address this subject today, I want us to keep two groups in mind.
1. Let’s keep in mind those who have experienced abortion (either personally or in the life of someone very close to them.
a. There are likely some here today who fit into this category.
2. Let’s also keep in mind those of us who stand outside looking in at this issue.
3. My prayer is that God will speak to both groups today.
4. The message that I hope we hear loud and clear is that God hates abortion, but at the same time, God loves those who have been a part of one.
5. And as God’s representatives, we must learn to do the same.
6. A good place for us to start working on this is by dismantling the myths of abortion.
I. Myth #1 - God does not have an opinion on abortion.
A. The truth is that God is pro-life and that can be clearly seen in His words and actions.
1. First of all, we learn from Scripture that God is the creator of the unborn.