For Such a Time as This

If you trace God’s divine interventions in history, you will notice, more than once, the arrival of a baby on the scene who would become an instrument of deliverance for His people. Think of Moses, Samuel, John the Baptist, and of course, Jesus! Bible Commentator Warren Wiersbe said it well when he penned,
“Babies are God’s announcement that He knows the need, cares about  His people, and is at work on their behalf. The arrival of a baby ushers in new life and a new  beginning; babies are signposts to the future, and their conception and birth is a miracle that only God can do!” 
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, many of us acknowledged and honored Sanctity of Human Life Day—a day designated in 1983 by former President Ronald Reagan, the most pro-life U.S. president in modern history. If we look at how dark this world has become since then, one cannot help but see a correlation between that and our nation’s disregard for human life in the form of abortion.
Note: All statistics are from the Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet released September 2019.

  • Almost 93% of all abortions in the United States are performed in the first trimester of pregnancy.  
  • Just over 7% of all abortions in the United States are performed in the second and third trimesters of  pregnancy.  
WORLDWIDE  STATISTICS
  • Number of abortions per year: approximately 40-50 million.  
  • Number of abortions per day: approximately 125,000.  

UNITED STATES' NUMBERS
  • Number of abortions in 2019: 887,000 (This is down from an all-time high of 1.21 million in 2008.)
  • Average number of abortions per day in 2019: approximately 2,430 (compared to the 2008 number of 3,315)  

WHO’S HAVING ABORTIONS?  
  • Almost 50% of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are between the ages of 20-29.  
  • Unmarried women made up 86% of all abortions performed in 2019.
  • Married women accounted for 14% of all abortions.  
BUT EVEN MORE ALARMING ARE THE RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS OF ABORTION SEEKERS 
  • In 2014, women identifying themselves as Protestants accounted for 30% of all abortions in the U.S.  
  • Catholic women accounted for 24%.  
  • Women with no religious affiliation comprised 38% of all abortions.  
  • Sadly, almost 13% of all abortions were performed on women who identified themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.  

I would argue that one of the last hopes we have as a society rests in our children. This is why we need to teach them the Word of God.

It makes perfect sense that the devil is in the middle of this and wants to eradicate babies. After all, babies who are properly taught the Word of God and embrace Jesus as their authority can be used by God to impact this world for Christ!
As a nation, we have made some grave mistakes—first and foremost, turning away from God’s Word as the authority for life’s decisions. But secondarily, we have allowed leaders to be voted into power who promote wickedness and not righteousness. And what are they trying to take from us? Our children! 

I would argue that one of the last hopes we have as a society rests in our children. This is why we need to teach them the Word of God.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall  teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you  walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Maybe the reason I am still on this earth is to share this message during a time such as this. Because I believe this, I will not be kept silent. To break through the lies that enslave, these realities about abortion need to be shared with a heart of compassion and grace:
  • An abortion procedure will certainly kill one of the two people involved, if not both.  
  • The feminist movement is continuously fighting for the right to kill babies, approximately 50% of which are female. This is the pinnacle of hypocrisy!  
  • Abortion does not remove a “burden”, but rather brings on more—Depression. Guilt. Anxieties, and the distressing knowledge that a person has taken another person's life. 
It is the Lord Jesus Himself Who empowers us to be a people who will stand up and let the truth of His Word and the glory of His Name be heralded through this land once again!
Recently, Frank responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Texas abortion law from a biblical perspective. Watch his response below.
Learn more about Frank Figueroa and/or book him as a speaker HERE.
(For more information on the history of abortion and its many effects, from the individual mother to  society as a whole, I would highly recommend the book, Choosing For Two, by Dr. David Ross.)
You will find a biblical answer to the abortion question in our ministry’s newest book, Did Jesus Commit Suicide? And 27 Other Questions Teens Are Asking About the Bible (that adults want to know, too). To learn more about how you can order this book, please click HERE.
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