Pastors' role in Life Chain

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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People in more than 1,500 cities in the U.S. and Canada will be participating in this year's Life Chain event, holding up pro-life signs along city streets and praying for an end to abortion.

God is pro-lifeNational spokesman Royce Dunn says there is a special focus on pastors this year.

"We just feel such a sense of urgency," Dunn shares. "We know that the church can end the killing. We're searching really for a message that can gain traction, that will better enable the church to comprehend the awesomeness of its power, if only we would settle into believing that and applying what God has graced to us."

The event spokesman points out that the Holocaust in Germany during WWII killed more than six million Jews and others in concentration camps, yet 55 million pre-born children have died in abortuaries throughout the U.S. alone within the past 40 years or so.

"The holocaust in America is in multiples of the German Holocaust, and we have yet to really discover the humanity of the unborn child in America," Dunn contends. "We've discovered the abortion issue, we understand it pretty well, but we've not yet discovered the humanity of the child in large measure."

In Dunn's judgment, "The future of pro-life, as well as the future of our nation, rests chiefly with the pulpits of our nation." He believes the church must come to grips with "the slaughter of the unborn" and adds that "it is unspeakable how we live in shame."

On the first Sunday of every October, Life Chain invites churches in North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for 90 minutes while holding a pro-life sign with one of its eight approved messages, including "Abortion kills children," "Jesus forgives and heals," "Adoption: The loving option," and "Life -- The first inalienable right."

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