Why don’t we kneel for the unborn?
At a time when millionaire NFL players kneel during the playing of the national anthem before games, where are the millions kneeling in prayer to protest
the legal slaughter of millions upon millions of unborn babies never given a chance to live in our society?
Racial injustice is a true and sad mark on the history of our nation, and it continues today. However, the way I see it, there is a big difference between an individual who has the ability to defend himself or herself and advocate for personal rights against suffering injustice, and an unborn child not given the chance to live at all.
We live in a country that faces a multitude of challenges, including racism and other social injustices, poverty, debt, pornography and assault on the traditional family; however, it is my belief that God will hold us accountable for the nearly 60 million state-supported abortions of innocent babies since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Recently, my wife and I joined about a dozen pro-life advocates gathered for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children held Sept. 9 at the offices of Arkansas Right to Life in Little Rock.
As I stood during prayer and the reading of Scripture, I couldn’t help but think of the small number of people present to support the unborn in the midst of a city and surrounding metro area of more than a million people.
During a time of reflection, Donna Clifton, who had an abortion 35 years ago, told those gathered at a service, “God brought me out of a deep, huge, dark tunnel.”
The deep emotion found in Clifton’s words was evident to all who heard her speak.
“For 24 years I had no voice. I basically lost my voice the day I had the abortion. I was so down,” Clifton told me before the ceremony. “Twenty-four years later I went through a post-abortive Bible study, and God completely healed and transformed me.”
Today, Clifton speaks in churches and among pro-life groups to educate the public about the horrors and emotional impact of abortion. She has spoken before the Arkansas Legislature, on local TV programs and to youth at camps. She is a volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center, where she enthusiastically told me she was able to help save a child the week prior.
In addition to regularly praying for an end to abortion, Arkansas Baptists can serve the pro-life movement by volunteering at numerous crisis pregnancy centers across the state and by continuing to support and fund local church ministries and state ministries such as the Dixie Jackson State Mission Offering.
The Sept. 9 ceremony poignantly ended with the song, “Choose Life,” by James Marchionda, which includes the following lyrics:
“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, choose life, that you may live. By loving your Lord, by heeding God’s voice. Choose life; choose life; choose life.”
Tim Yarbrough is editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News.