40 Days for Life – Philly

Choose LifeJust posted this on the 24Philly blog:

Went to a breakfast meeting for a 40 day prayer/fast for Life and wanted to let the 24Philly readers know about it.

There will be a peaceful 40 day onsite prayer chain at a local suburban clinic, September 25 until November 3, rain or shine. The appropriate zoning and permits have been secured with the local officials. This is a non-political stand for the future of unborn children. If you are under the age of 35, like me, your life could have been terminated legally in this country – we are the lucky ones, the survivors. I don’t appreciate that my life was in potential jeopardy while in the womb in 1974, but am grateful for my mother’s love and care in bringing me to term. Millions of our would-be friends, classmates, and others were not as fortunate.

Abortion is the last in a long line of sad situations, in which men are always involved. If you are a man you may (indeed should) also stand for life by treating women with respect, to be intolerant of pornography and immoral relationships in your life, to be celibate if single or faithful to your spouse if married, to be open to considering adoption, and to have compassion and care for single moms and their children.

We also can express God’s love and compassion to post-abortive women, as well as those who are on the other side of this issue. Many of us are doing these things, and making a public stand for life is simply another way of expressing one’s beliefs.

On a personal level I am interested in petitioning God for the breakthrough. No political party can change people’s hearts. The hearts of many people must change or else any legal victory will only harden people and anger them. That is why I am also praying for God to break into the hearts of people, and into the church, so that we can meet the needs of people in more relevant ways.

If you are a pastor or leader and read this in the next couple days, there is another breakfast in Abington on September 11. The contact is the Urban Family Council 215-885-4237. I’ve left many specifics out of this blog post, but if you are interested just use the contact information.

www.40daysforlife.com
www.chooselifepa.org

2 responses to “40 Days for Life – Philly

  1. It’s great to see those who are most seriously affected by abortion — young people under 40 — speak up on this topic. Most don’t even realize that their generation is the victim of the greatest holocaust in history — 30% have been eliminated even before they took their first breath.

    Among blacks, the abortion rate is even higher — resulting in the greatest disempowerment of any age and racial group in American history. And yet liberal media and leaders have successfully blocked serious, honest discussion of the issue because it has become a liberal article of faith. Abortion is a liberal sacrament.

    The 40 Days response is healthy one, calling for those who really love life to speak out prayerfully and peacefully on a nationwide basis very much in the spirit of Martin Luther King. Here in New Jersey we are doing our best to enlist our often silent churches to speak up in prayer and compassion to help bring an end to this war against the young.

    I agree politics won’t change people’s hearts and minds. It is too innately polarizing — my team against your team. Yes we need to support honest, courageous people in office who speak up consistently for life, but truth does not survive money-driven, power-oriented campaigns. It cost Mitt Romney $445 a vote in the Iowa straw poll, but inexpensive seminars for young people on the life issue have changed far more minds at far less cost.

    Trouble is: there are too many people asleep at the switch in our churches. This is a moral and spiritual struggle of the first order. We need prophets, not politicians. What the churches don’t seem realize is that there own futures are in serious jeopardy. Indeed, we may already be too late. Just check out the data.

    The abortion toll is approaching 50 million in the US alone. Are we going to try for 100 million, or have we had enough?

  2. Margaret Sanger was heavily influenced by the eugenics movement, which from my understanding sought to purge the gene pool via elimination of any person or race considered inferior. In short they targeted African Americans. I went to the planned parenthood website to find their spin on this, and their perspective failed to convince me – they sought to mitigate the agenda behind eugenics from what I recollect.

    I was at a conference at an inner city church in Harrisburg this weekend where the leadership and congregants broke down in repentance over the injustices done to every race through the shedding of blood in America- from the First Nations to the Civil War, to modern abortion culture.

    As a white guy, I was heavily in the minority, but as they said, it was a life issue, not a race issue. There was no racial divide or divisive vibe at all. It was a pretty remarkable meeting.

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