On Friday, January 25, I had the privilege to walk in my very first March for Life. As I walked with three of our bishops, many of our priests & deacons, and scads of our people, my mind wandered to the above quote from the Epistle to Diognetus. This epistle is, perhaps, the most ancient form of an apology for the Christian faith.
Listen to how it describes Christians: as the soul of the world. As thousands upon thousands of people gathered in our nation’s Capitol to mourn the outcome of the Roe V. Wade and to prayerfully call our nation to change, we saw one picture of what it means for Christians to be such a thing. Unequivocally, this was a public demonstration. But, the day was peaceful, joy-filled, orderly, and decent. There was no rioting, but there was chanting and singing!
As I reminded our people this past Sunday, so I remind you now: this is not an issue the church can or should turn a blind eye to. It is not a “hobbyhorse,” nor is it a Republican vs. Democrat issue. It is a deeply moral issue, and our response to it flows out of our recognition that it is God and not man who gives dignity to human life – every human life.
From the top to the bottom, I am so blessed and proud to belong a province in the Anglican Communion that so clearly and winsomely states its views on the sanctity of life. Consider Archbishop Foley’s statement on abortion:
Consider the ACNA Canon & Constitutions, documents which govern our life as a province:
Lastly, consider the clear words of To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism:
I rejoice that I was able to take part in the March for Life, 2022, and I pray next year that some of you will join me in our nation’s Capital to be what we are. “As the soul is to the body, so Christians are in the world.”