January is Sanctity of Life Month. While it is sad that such a month is necessary, it is also a good thing for the Church to be able to speak out against abortion and for life from conception to natural death.
One of the shocking statistics that I found out a few years ago was that abortion rates among Christians is almost identical to that of non-Christians. What this means is that roughly 30%-40% of women who have been of child bearing age since 1973 have had at least one abortion.
It is certainly appropriate for the Church to speak of abortion as evil, as murder, and yes, as sin. Yet if our message stops there, the Church fails to do that which Jesus called His disciples to do: “and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46–47, ESV)
Many who have had an abortion are tormented daily with guilt, depression, and remorse. In fact for those who have had abortions, rates of depression and suicide skyrocket. It is time that the Church speak out. Not merely on the sin of abortion, but that the sin that many women carry with them every day has been taken to the Cross. That they need not fear repenting as there is no sin to great for Christ to forgive.
In fact, and especially if you are one who has had an abortion and stumbled across this… I want you to take these words to heart, Jesus came for sinners only… Jesus was born, lived, died, and rose again for the sin that you carry, for the sin that burdens you with guilt, for the sin that torments you. Jesus has already paid the price, you are forgiven, you are loved, you are God’s beloved child.