Dear Christ Church,
I am very excited that my friend Corey Tabor, Lead Pastor at Full Life Community Church and Community Outreach Director of Austin LifeCare, will be with us this Sunday as guest preacher, speaking about the sanctity of life from Psalm 139, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
While abortion remains our nation’s most egregious and direct devaluation of life, and the primary focus of this Sunday’s sermon, our embrace of the sanctity of life includes other vital issues such as access to prenatal care, infant mortality rates, the care of unwanted children, adoption and foster care, the support of struggling parents, as well as the care of the elderly and attention to end-of-life issues.
“I’m reminded that there are children, maybe even blocks from my pulpit,” writes Russell Moore, theologian and ethicist at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, “who’ll be slapped, punched, and burned with cigarettes before nightfall. I’m reminded that there are elderly men and women languishing away in loneliness, their lives pronounced to be a waste.”
Our Christian concern for the sanctity of life touches also upon mass atrocities, the death penalty, and mass incarceration. Our concern for the sanctity of life even extends to the unique and supreme value of human beings in an age of machines and artificial intelligence (stay tuned for an upcoming event on this topic!). Psalm 139 describes us as “fearfully and wonderfully made.”