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Friday, February 17, 2012

40 Days for Life 2012.......

dedicated to ending the atrocity of abortion worldwide is being launched simultaneously in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Spain. It is predicted to be the largest spring campaign ever, and it will last for the 40 days of Lent, from February 22 to April 1. The program will consist of a prayerful, peaceful, nonjudgmental effort to bring awareness of the abortion crisis in our world through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. It has been 40 years since the Roe vs. Wade court case legalized abortion in America, and some pro-lifers have hopes that we may be on the threshold of change, in spite of the fact that the US currently has a stridently pro-abortion government.

      40 has always been a significant number in relgious history, from the forty years that the Israelites wandered the desert to the forty days Jesus Christ fasted and battled temptations from the devil. There is always a glimmer of hope that we may be nearing the end of the tunnel. That's what keeps us going. Miracles do and have happened. The 40 Days for Life Campaign alone has brought about countless small victories for the cause. The unified effort has resulted in the saving of many unborn lives, the emotional healing of women who have had abortions, the closing of abortion physilities, and the conversion of abortion workers. Of course, we have many major hurdles yet to overcome.

     The fight to end abortion bares a striking resemblence to the fight to end the slave trade in the British Parliament. William Wilberforce, the main advocate for this course, battled tirelessly to outlaw the trafficking of African men, women, and children with little success for many years. But he refused to quit, trying one method and then another, pressing on even when he was abandoned by many of his fellow politicians and defeated over and over again in Parliament. In spite of everything, his faith, determination, and ingenuity won the day, and eventually the slave trade was outlawed. (I will talk more about Wilberforce in a future post which will include a review of the motion picture Amazing Grace.)

     Indeed, hopeless situations have been overturned, sometimes quickly and sometimes very, very slowly. But things can change. The Pro-life cause in America has been praised for its vitality and ability to mobilize. The Pro-Life marches in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles have been evidence of this. So we march on in this crucial election year, with liberalism on the rise around the world and general social decline. It's the only thing good Christians can do. Not just Christians, mind you, but anyone who cares about the sanctity of human life has stock in this.

     For those who would like to get involved in a 40 Days for Life Campaign and locate a program in their area, go to:  http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.cfm

     For those who live in the Penn-Mar border area, please contact Dan and Judy Mlinek at this telephone number:
(717) 698-0043
or at this email:
jmlinek8@gmail.com.

     I encourage my British friends and aquaintances who might be reading to also take part in this wonderful program. The futures of the UK and the US, I find, are often entwined by these moral issues. I call on people of all religious persuasions to join together on this issue in an effort to protect innocent babies from being killed in their mothers' wombs. I think most people of good-will should be able to agree on this. The Right to Life is the first and most poignant right of all, from youngest to oldest, from strongest to weakest. It is God-given and precious in His sight.

 
The Sanctity of Human Life



2 comments:

  1. A great campaign to support PoT, well done!

    I will certainly look into any connection in Scotland.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement, GWright!

    I was asked to advertise the program by a couple at my church who are launching it locally. I have yet to hear back this post has reached any locals, but I'm hoping that will come in time.

    I'm pretty sure Glasgow is a big enough city to have its own 40 Days For Life station. Please let me know what you find out.

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