Dear Friends of Anglicans for Life,
An amazing and shocking thing happened on televisions nationwide just last week. It was a scientific wonder. It was a heart-touching marvel. It was a bold declaration of truth.
During its morning news segment, NBC’s ‘Today’ show confirmed the humanity of unborn children.
In a segment entitled “The Secret Life of Babies,” the news anchors calmly and pleasantly discussed how new studies are showing that babies are sensitive to touch at 12-15 weeks, can recognize their mothers’ voices at 18 weeks, can remember nursery rhymes and songs sung to them while in the womb, and can even develop tastes for favorite foods at 20 weeks. Dr. Bill Fifer, one of the experts conducting the studies, said, “Everything that a newborn baby does, a fetus has…done already.”
It was the only usage of the word “fetus” in the entire segment. Children in the womb were thereafter referred to as “babies.”
Babies. Not clumps of tissue. Not a bunch of cells. Babies.
Babies who are growing. Babies who are learning. And babies who are feeling.
For the full video, click HERE.
Can we celebrate that for a moment? Can we just thank God for scientists who are willing to study life in the womb, for technology that allows us to see the truth of the humanity of unborn children?
We often despair (and rightly so) that the pro-abortion media ignores the harmful effects of abortion on women and men and horrific loss of life since 1973. But here we have a major media network showcasing research on developing unborn children that implicitly shows that life, at any phase of existence, is still life. That’s great news, and we should praise God for it.
Sadly, on the other side of the world, there is another issue on which the media has been silent.
In recent months, Christians in the Middle East have suffered increasing persecution. They have been tortured and forced out of their homes and countries. In Syria, the Christian population has been given two choices: convert to Islam or pay a religious levy called a jizya–non-compliance to either of these choices can lead to death. Additional areas such as Aleppo are being besieged and surrounded by rebels, leading to shortages of food and water and an inability to communicate with the outside world. Others who have fled from Syria to Jordan are living in poverty, in tent cities and cardboard homes.
Many other Christians are being murdered for their faith. In the city of Mosul, the city’s Christian population has been totally annihilated from both murder and evacuation. Historic churches, holy sites, and tombs are being destroyed, and a Christian community dating back to the 1st century is being threatened with extinction.
Anglicans for Life exists because we believe that humans are made in the image of God and should be protected and valued. And our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are suffering persecution for their faith-our faith-need our awareness and prayers just as much as the unborn.
So what can you do for the persecuted Church in the Middle East? If you are interested in helping your brothers and sisters in Christ, Archbishop Foley Beach, in his latest email, suggested three plans of action:
1) Joining in prayer for our sisters and brothers. Would you in your personal prayers and in the Prayers of the People pray for those being persecuted, those doing the persecuting, and for a solution? Would you pour out your heart in prayer and fasting before God on their behalf?
2) Call or write your government representatives and ask them to do something to help the situation. They will not attempt to help if they don’t think you care. Right now, they don’t think you care.
3) The following ministries are engaged in helping refugees. Please offer them your prayers and support.
* Barnabas Fund — “The mission of the Barnabas Fund is to support Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith.”
* Voice of Ishmael (via Commission to Every Nation) — Bringing hope that changes communities in the Middle East and North Africa.
* Christ Church Jerusalem – Ministering to Refuges of the Crisis – Please write “Iraqi refugees” in the memo line.
But, more than anything, we implore you to pray. Please pray for the persecuted church in the Middle East and around the world. Please pray for the unborn, that their mothers and fathers would choose life for them. And pray that God would act in the hearts of men and women in the United States and the world to see life as His sacred creation, worthy of honor and protection.
For His Glory,
President, Anglicans for Life
Co-founder, Silent No More Awareness Campaign
405 Frederick Avenue
Sewickley, PA 15143