In the United States of America the third Sunday of January is known as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. It is a day that Christians and all those with a God prompted conscience are reminded of the necessity to remember and champion the unborn.
Lest anyone consider the Christian teaching on the topic, let’s quickly look at what The Didache, the Teaching of the 12 Apostles has to say, "The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic. You shall not use potions. You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child," (Didache 2:1–2 [A.D. 70]). Refer to this past Ortho Thought posting for the full article: http://otftd.blogspot.com/2012/12/commemorating-14000-holy-innocents.html
We are not to be lazy about the abortion issue, but to work to overturn this evil in our society. Many people do not realize that the Orthodox Church is active in the pro-life movement. Please see this link: http://www.oclife.org/
As Christians, we are all called to be involved in one way or another. It should surprise no one that we will answer to God someday for our actions—for, against or indifferent to what is happening around us. That should be sobering enough to move us to take action.
Let your views be known to law makers…support your local Crisis Pregnancy Center, usually found by checking a city’s phone book. Volunteer, be a prayer partner, help financially, be a voice for the defenseless. Support Christian ministries to the unborn, those that educate women about non-violent, pro-life options for a crisis pregnancy. Please don’t be silent. We are living in the midst of a silent holocaust.
There are a number of very fine Orthodox Christian outreach ministries for women and their unborn children. Refer women to them, help them financially—most of all, please pray and take a stand for LIFE.
Christ calls us to light our lamps amid the current “culture of death.” Let us not disappoint Him by ignoring what is before us. If you can, join the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 22 and be a physical presence in solidarity with other Christians—see the link below.
Orthodox Maternity Homes: http://www.chicagosynergy.org/files/sanctityoflife/marymarthabrochure.pdf
January 22, 2016 March for Life information: http://oca.org/news/headline-news/info-on-january-22-dc-march-sanctity-of-life-retreat-now-available
Upcoming Sanctity of Human Life retreat for college/young adults: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/d23564944ae60d9b585b5f2ad/files/March_for_Life_retreat_2016_2_0.pdf
On January 14, 2016, the tally of abortions performed in the United States exceeds 58 million (58,586,256) since the Roe vs Wade decision in 1973. This is a result of 43 years of legalized abortion in this country. See http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/
Have you noticed the slogan for the Sanctity of Human Life retreat?
‘PRO-LIFE IS PRO-WOMAN’
It is, indeed. Let us work together to protect both women and their unborn children.