Life

Dear Pastor,

There is no question that 2020 has been a year marked by disruption and uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic having impacted churches, families and communities in ways no one could have anticipated. Yet in the midst of great loss and challenge, we were once again reminded of the preciousness of life, of the value of each and every person.

Every person is created in the image of God, valued by Him (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 139). Yet we are living in a culture that increasingly devalues life, from the womb to tomb. Even amid 2020 limitations, those performing abortions and advancing the culture of abortion continued across America, and sadly in Oklahoma. Many abortion vulnerable women and men were misled to believe the lies of the enemy in the midst of an unintended pregnancy. Some were led to believe that the baby in the womb is not a person, but just another clump of cells, and that abortion is okay; or that abortion is just another kind of healthcare.

While our challenges are great in the face of the tragedy of legalized abortion, there is an opportunity to stand for life and advance the Gospel as well. Christians can play a significant role in spreading a life-affirming message, offering help and hope to parents and working to save lives and end abortion. We know the truth that abortion kills but that God is the Author of life and abundant life (John 10), as we are wonderfully made, each of us, from the moment of conception.

The people of God need to be reminded of this urgent cause of standing for life. Therefore, we ask you to set aside Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, January 17, 2021, as a time to lead your church in standing for life by becoming informed, participating in opportunities to share their life-affirming views with others and in joining the work Oklahoma Baptists are engaged with in pregnancy resource centers and foster care ministry across our state. Resources—including sample sermons, videos, prayer points and more—are available for that Sunday at oklahomabaptists.org/life or obhc.org/hope.

Another opportunity to stand up for life is by participating in the Rose Day Pro-Life Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. At the rally, we will hear from pro-life leaders including Abby Johnson, a former abortion clinic director now pro-life spokeswoman. For more, visit roseday.life.

Thank you in advance for making plans to participate in the 2021 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and Rose Day. We hope the 2021 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday goes far in building a culture of life and working against abortion. May God find us faithful in protecting His most vulnerable creation (Prov. 24:11).

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Hance Dilbeck
Executive Director-Treasurer
Oklahoma Baptists
Greg McNeece
President
Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Resources

In addition to legislative efforts, we will mobilize churches to help build an overall culture of life in the state, informed by Scripture and powered by the Gospel. With God’s help, we can and will see an end to abortion in Oklahoma, as well as America. Oklahoma Baptists must step up to the challenge.

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“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…”

Psalm 139:13-14b NIV

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As Southern Baptists, we have strongly held beliefs, grounded in Scripture, regarding the sanctity and value of all human life. We believe every person’s life, from conception to natural death, is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27).
“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.”

Psalm 139:15-16 NIV

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How Oklahoma Baptists are working together to fight abortion & protect the unborn

For more than 30 years, Oklahoma Baptists have been actively and prayerfully working to oppose legalized abortion. Below is a brief description of some of the ways Oklahoma Baptists have been involved in the issue of abortion.

Established and Supported Pregnancy Resource Ministries

Visionary leaders like Dr. Anthony Jordan, Dr. Alan Day and others helped establish the first crisis pregnancy ministry. Today, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children operates five HOPE Pregnancy Ministry Centers across the state, which are saving unborn lives and ministering to abortion-vulnerable women and men with the Gospel.

Supported Successful Life-Affirming Legislation

Oklahoma Baptists played a key role in achieving the passage of over 20 pro-life laws that have helped save lives. These laws including a ban on Partial-Birth Abortions; a Parental Notification Law; Ultrasound Requirement Bill; and the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

Approved Pro-life, Anti-Abortion Resolutions

Messengers to the Oklahoma Baptists’ Annual Meeting have repeatedly spoken against legalized abortion. Since 2007, Messengers have approved 12 resolutions opposing abortion and speaking up for the unborn.

Played a Leading Role in Leading Events

Now in its 30th year, the annual Rose Day Pro-Life Rally has featured speakers including Lila Rose, pro-life activist and President of Live Action; Abby Johnson, pro-life spokeswoman and former Planned Parenthood center director; and others. This event has united Oklahoma Baptists with others in the faith community through prayer and activism, all to protect unborn life.

Expanded the Annual Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Emphasis

Since it was established in 1984, churches across the United States have observed Sanctity of Human Life Sunday each January. In the past five years, Oklahoma Baptists have offered videos, bulletin inserts, sermon outlines and other resources to help accelerate the impact of this annual tradition.

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Published Articles, Editorials & Information

Published Articles, Editorials & Information. In the Baptist Messenger, the flagship publication of Oklahoma Baptists, more than 100 articles have been printed in recent years on the subject of protecting children from abortion.