When you endorse or permit the killing of an unborn baby or permit feelings in your heart of dislike and suspicion and disdain toward a person of a different skin color, you are blaspheming the majesty of the Creator God. You are denouncing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ….You cannot worship and glorify the majesty of God or embrace his redemptive purposes in Christ while treating his supreme creation with contempt—whatever color or whatever age that creation might be.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day falls on the third Monday in January each year. It is a day designed to awaken the people of our country to the urgent need for racial harmony and racial reconciliation. Sanctity of Life Day typically falls on the Sunday closest to January 22, the day marking the Supreme Court’s decision in the now infamous case, Roe v. Wade. Likewise, it is a day designed to awaken the people of our country to the devastation caused by abortion and the ever-increasing number of lives that have been taken. Thus, by God’s providential design these two issues, abortion and racism, are forever linked in our annual calendar.
Neither abortion nor racism is primarily a political or social issue. They are both biblical and spiritual issues.
Here is a graphic illustration of what abortion has done in our country alone since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Consider these 25 states: Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
If you add up the populations in these states, they equal about 55 million people. That is approximately the number of unborn babies that were killed in the United States alone since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
On Martin Luther King, Jr., day we focused on the issue of race. But abortion is also an issue with profound racial implications. Since 1973, 14 million black babies have been aborted. That is more than 2 ½ times the total number of deaths among African-Americans during the same period from AIDS, cancer, accidents, heart disease, and violent crime combined. Think about it: more than ¼ of all abortions are performed on black women, even though blacks make up only 13% of the U.S. population. Let’s move beyond the African-American community. When you combine African-American and Hispanic women you have only about ¼ of the female population in our country. Yet these two groups account for 57% of the abortions performed.
Every day in America 1,300 black babies and 700 Hispanic babies are killed in America. Every day in America nearly 3,300 babies of all races are killed in America.