In 1979, respected Christian theologian, philosopher and author, Francis Schaeffer and former Surgeon General of the United States, C. Everett Koop wrote a book called, Whatever Happened To The Human Race? They warned against the complete loss of respect for human life which had already begun in our country. They said, “Choices are being made that undermine human rights at their most basic level. Practices once labelled ‘unthinkable’ are now considered acceptable.’ The destruction of human life, young and old, is being sanctioned on an ever-increasing scale by the medical profession, by the courts, by parents and by silent Christians.”1
THEY WERE RIGHT. They saw “a culture on the edge of a great abyss and warned that abortion, infanticide and euthanasia were only the beginning.”2
This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This day was chosen years ago because it is the Sunday closest to January 22. Why is that important? Because, on January 22, 1973 the US Supreme Court handed down its' infamous Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in America. Since that day, OVER 62 MILLION unborn babies have died legally in America.
But just because they made it LEGAL, didn’t make it RIGHT.
Pastor Ray Pritchard said, “How should we think properly about abortion? Let’s start with the number 62 million. Practically speaking, what does that mean? Here’s a way to think about it:
Take the population of Georgia,
Plus the population of Michigan,
Add the population of Virginia,
Plus the population of Nebraska,
Add the population of Nevada,
Include the population of Iowa,
Add the population of South Dakota,
Then add the population of Rhode Island,
Take the population of Arizona,
Plus the population of Oregon,
Add the population of Kansas,
Include the population of Vermont,
Add the population of Massachusetts,
Plus the population of Mississippi,
Then add the population of Alaska.
That would total approximately 62 million people. That’s 15 states wiped out. Gone. Vanished. Legally killed.
That’s what we’ve done in America since 1973.
That’s what we’re still doing at the rate of 700,000 children a year.”3
Forty-one years ago, Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop warned, “The destruction of human life, young and old, is being sanctioned on an ever-increasing scale by the medical profession, by the courts, by parents and by silent Christians.” Today, every candidate running for President of the United States from one of the major political parties not only accepts but endorses abortion on demand.
While clearly unconscionable and completely unacceptable, that’s not my focus here. My focus is on what Schaeffer and Koop referred to as “silent Christians.”
Today, too many evangelical Christians in America no longer even remotely resemble the courageous Christians described in the book of Acts — who lived out their faith in Christ and were willing to die for Him. We’ve surrendered the moral high ground to immoral lowlifes and developed a collective case of unexplainable laryngitis, due to years of laziness, lethargy and indifference, where we can no longer even sing, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus.” Instead, we whisper quietly, so no one can hear: “I sure hope we didn’t offend anyone.”
JESUS didn’t commission anyone to sit silently in some sacred sanctuary somewhere.
Vance Havner said, “The Early Church did something because it believed something. We are trying to do what they did without believing what they believed.”
If you’ve had an abortion, you need to know that is a sin. But you also need to know God’s grace and forgiveness are greater than our sin (Romans 3:23; 5:8).
If you’re a Christian and you’ve been silent, you need to know that’s also a sin and God’s grace and forgiveness are for you, too.
JESUS didn’t commission any of us to sit silently in some sacred sanctuary somewhere, while the world around us plunges into a godless, Christ-less eternity in Hell. Instead, He came to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and told us to “GO!” and do the same (Matthew 28:18-20).
Something we’ll never do if we continue to be silent.
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
1 Koop, C. Everett., and Francis A. Schaeffer. Whatever Happened to the Human Race? Crossway Books, 1984.
3 "Life: What a Beautiful Choice.” Keep Believing Ministries Life What a Beautiful Choice Comments, www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/life-what-a-beautiful-choice/.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.