Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler

Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler

New York Times data suggest that each day of 2021 the coronavirus killed an average of 131 Texans, while Right to Life of East Texas data suggest that each day of 2021 abortion killed an average of 118 Texans, even considering the Heartbeat Law that went into effect Sept. 1 — there is not a huge difference between the two numbers, but there is a huge difference between the attention given each issue.

That Heartbeat Law is still being challenged in federal courts, although, after a hearing last week, the matter may go before the state supreme court, if it goes anywhere at all before July, when the U.S. Supreme is expected to rule on a Mississippi abortion case that could significantly weaken or completely overturn Roe v. Wade, the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court case that held that abortion was protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Not that abortion only became a problem in 1973, however, for, legal or not, abortions have occurred throughout the history of the Christian Church, though until more recently Christian congregations had more consistently spoken out against abortions, as some Christian congregations still do.

For example, last Sunday in its Prayer of the Church, Pilgrim prayed both that God would grant humility to all rulers, so that they would submit to the preaching of God’s Word for the sake of their own souls and for the good of God’s holy people, and that God would protect His gift of human life, from fertilization to the death that He brings about.

The death that God brings about is a consequence of the sinful nature that we all share and the actual sins that we each commit, though that death is not the end, either for repentant believers in Jesus Christ, who then live eternally with Him in heaven, or for unrepentant unbelievers, who then are tormented eternally apart from Him in hell.

Thanks be to God that, by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for all people, forgiveness is available for every sin, including our sins against God’s gift of human life, such as abortion and assisted suicide.

May we not quibble over definitions of life, or hide behind politics or policies, but raise our prayers to God and our voices and hands to serve, protecting those least able to protect themselves, and may God bless our efforts in His Name.

The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.

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The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.

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