Since the Supreme Court's passage of Roe vs Wade in 1973, we've documented the medical/surgical killing of 61 million babies in the United States. And though the rate of this killing is declining with time, it still stands at about 900,000 a year. In the state of New York, 1 out of 3 pregnancies are terminated. The people supporting this abortion practice have successfully marketed it as a woman's rights' issue, labeling it under the politically correct terms of pro-choice or womens' reproductive rights. Our country has legally sanctioned the idea that a baby in the womb is not a "person" (protected by the 14th amendment). Thus, the preference and convenience of a woman outranks the protection of life or liberty of any fetus or unborn baby. This disqualification of a human being's classification as a person worthy of life and protection goes against all biological definitions and logical moral standards. While outspoken advocates insist that a woman should have rights over her own body, they hypocritically neglect the rights of the babies that are NOT their bodies - these babies with their own DNA genetic makeup, functioning hearts, organs, limbs, minds, and (potential) souls. Every excuse to dehumanize the unborn baby is logically futile, whether assessing biological standards or other factors of dependency, size, maturity, or social value. In other words, society can choose to define a human life as unimportant, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a human life. It seems that our nation has chosen a significant cultural value of convenience over morality - that is, by protecting sexual freedom and adult convenience at the expense of sacrificing innocent life. And while many of us find this disheartening, it should come as no surprise since the widespread acceptance of evolution inevitably teaches the lesser value of all life or our accountability to God's moral values. I used to support abortion - until I recently studied it. Now, it's apparent to me that the baby's exit from the mother's womb is not a defensible line for categorizing whether it's a viable human being with personhood. To anyone who considers it honestly, this should be evident just from a biological, scientific perspective. But for a Christian, the additional scriptural support for this is clear - that God forms us and knows us as a person the day we're conceived in the womb. There are several Bible versus indicating this, with Psalm 139:13-16 being a good example: For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. Given the 6th commandment to not murder, can any Christian defend the intentional killing of an innocent, helpless, unborn baby that God forms, knows, and loves? And yet, almost 60% of Americans support abortion, including a large number of professing Christians. How can this be? Is it ignorance of the facts, is it a passive yielding to cultural pressure, or is it a willful choice of sexual freedom and convenience over God's moral standards? It seems that people everywhere are outraged by senseless gun shootings, murders, and tragic accidents that kill thousands of innocent lives each year, yet the victim numbers pale in comparison to the innocent lives of babies purposefully killed each year. How do you justify a social value system that declares it a felony offense to disturb or take the eggs of certain animal species but legally and morally right to kill a human baby in a similar developmental condition? So why should a bunch of old retirees here care about this hot button issue, and is there anything we can even do to change it? I'd respond with two answers, starting with why it matters to all citizens of the country, not just to individuals involved with this process. Our nation's founding fathers expressed repeatedly that Christian morality and virtue were a necessary foundation for the new republic and that God's divine intervention and blessings were essential to the nation's peace and prosperity. They recognized that nations rise and fall according to God's will and that America's success relied upon our acknowledgment of him and adherence to his moral laws. Let Sodom and Gomorrah be a reminder of how God deals with a nation that promotes the killing of innocent children (and widespread acceptance of homosexuality). Such sins don't go unpunished forever. While every morally decent person should care about the mass killing of innocent babies, Christians in particular have an obligation to fight this sin that threatens our entire country with God's wrath and judgment. Real care requires some type of action, and I can suggest 3 tactics for doing so. The most difficult and engaging option is to volunteer work outside of an abortion clinic, contacting and counseling women who arrive there in a distraught, uncertain condition. Many of them change their minds about killing their babies when confronted with a compassionate person who explains the value of their child and the alternative assistance programs available to them. The few bold activists doing this get the incredible satisfaction of literally saving lives and often interacting with those affected lives afterwards. Another (easier) option is to simply raise the issue with friends and children still subject to influence. Having our own moral standards is great, but it's our responsibility to pass on these standards to the future generations of this country - another principle our founding fathers made clear in their writings. Finally, we must use our vote responsibly. As the political season grows nearer, everyone should consider this: roughly 84% of liberal Democrats said in a 2018 (Pew) survey that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared with only 29% in the GOP. I understand that it's hard to support leaders that don't agree with all of our values or demonstrate ideal personality traits. But, everyone who cares about right and wrong, and especially Christians who believe in God's providence and guidance over our nation, should consider the abortion stance of candidates as one of their critical deciding values. As much as we rightfully worry about the economy, budget, health care, military strength, foreign policy, gun control, and other social issues, it is God's view and blessings on this country that matter most. Might I suggest, to my Christian friends at least, that our sanctioned murdering of 2500 babies a day in this country just might be a critical concern to our Divine overseer? Your vote supports or opposes this national sin with each candidate you select. I expect non-Christians won't agree with my religious perspectives, but does anyone really want to defend the killing of innocent human babies? Does any pro-choice advocate want to justify why partial control over her body outweighs the complete life of another human's body? Does anyone want to counter the consensus biological evidence that the growing baby is a human life - an innocent, helpless one that deserves higher respect and protection than any bird, reptile, or animal? Does anyone want to justify the hypocrisy of multiple federal and state laws that impose severe criminal penalties for injuring or killing a fetus of any age, yet specifically exempt a mother from killing the same fetus herself with an abortion? Does anyone want to justify why intrauterine surgery is often done to save the valuable life of a baby in one medical facility while the brains are suctioned out to legally kill another similarly developed baby in another facility? These should be rhetorical questions for a legal and cultural standard that has become both illogical and immoral madness. The number one cause of death in the United States is abortion, and those who support it are either sadly ignorant on the issue or seriously lacking in Godly moral values. For anyone still undecided on the issue or lacking some warranted passion for it, here's a good video I highly recommend. If you'll skip the unrelated beginning by starting at 5:15 minutes, along with the end service, you'll find a powerful 45 minute sermon well worth your time.