First Lutheran Church Plainville, Kansas
Peace Lutheran Church Natoma, Kansas
This month, there will be another march in Washington DC, this time on January 18th. It will be the annual March For Life held every year, on or about the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision commonly known as Roe v. Wade.
There will be a lot of people attending this march, including a good number of LCMS Lutherans. They will march, with banners and signs, proclaiming the value of every life in the womb, no matter race, gender, creed, nationality or viability.
The march, and accompanying LCMS Life Conference that will be held at the same time were mentioned at the National Lutherans For Life conference I attended in October, encouraging those who were able to attend.
I would like to attend one day, but then I also pray that abortion would end one day, and that this march would be retired before I can get there. At one point in fact, I believe I heard that should Roe v. Wade be overturned, the march would be held one more year, and then retired.
That is probably true with a lot of groups that are centered around pro-life and the issue of abortion. Once a court case is overturned; once a piece of legislation passes, a lot of them would presumably fade into the background, because the mission would have been completed. A celebration would take place, those who were so needlessly slaughtered would be mourned, and the movement would fade with the words spoken: well done, good and faithful servant.
And yet, in October, at the National Lutherans For Life conference, it occurred to me that regardless of what all the other groups did, Lutherans For Life would continue on. For while indeed, a 1973 court decision was the call to action, the ongoing work is far from complete, and is in fact not limited just to those in the womb.
Lutherans For Life is also about protecting life when that life is bogged down with sickness and disease and age. Indeed, while abortion numbers are down, look for assisted suicide numbers to increase in the coming years with the combination of demographic challenges decreasing the tax base, with increasing costs paid by fewer and fewer people, for that will indeed be the next challenge in the ongoing life movement.
And so the work continues until the time when Christ should see fit to come in glory; because Lutherans For Life is not politically driven. Lutherans For Life is not based on legislation passing or on judges being appointed or even on elections being won or lost; although to be sure, all of those are on our hearts and in our prayers daily. The work of Lutherans For Life is based on the word of God. God says that life is precious, whether that life is just forming in the womb, or that life is living life to the fullest, or even if that life struggles to take its final breath. God says defending all life is important, and if it is important to God, than it is important to us.
It is as we have said many times: Life Sunday is not the third Sunday in January; Life Sunday is every Sunday, because every Sunday we gather around the Lord’s altar to hear His word and receive His gifts, given to poor miserable sinners like you and me, because God, in His grace and mercy has declared that your life is valuable, so much so that He sent His one and only Son into the world so that you might live and reign with Him for eternity.
If you would like more information about Lutherans For Life, please speak to me, or feel free to join us at one of our meetings. We meet bi-monthly for study and discussion on life issues and plan how to promote life in the congregation and in the surrounding area.