It is just not very pleasant to speak about abortion. So why bother? The most compelling reason struck me vividly as a year ago I prepared a sermon to address the 25th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As I reviewed 20-plus years of my own sermons what caught my eye and again captured my heart was not the debatable issues but the growing numbers that I have used in those sermons over the years: 6 million, 8 million, 9 million, 16 million, 22 million, 27 million, 32 million, 35 million, and now 37 million — the number of unborn children whose lives have been ended by abortion. (My 15-year-old son, when I gave that figure simply said, “Dad, that is 15 cities the size of St. Louis. Think of that as you look about you and as you drive home. The loss of life is the equivalent of everyone about you gone, and 15 times more.) The magnitude of this tragedy, the immensity of this evil, the loss of 37 million children knit by God and demolished by men – demands that we speak, renew our zeal, refresh our compassion, and re-ignite our commitment to speak for “the least of these” that are so precious to God, regardless of the discomfort to us.
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