Life Advocacy

LIFE ADVOCACY – BEGINNING OF LIFE, END OF LIFE, AND ALL LIFE IN BETWEEN

Lutheran Family Service is working to activate and equip individuals, pastors and congregations to engage in supporting our elected officials to uphold the value and sanctity of all human life. We believe that life begins at the moment of fertilization and ends at natural death. Life is valuable, purposeful and meaningful at all stages and ages.

“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Support the Life Advocacy work of Lutheran Family Service so that we may continue to equip others to Be a Voice for Life and stand up to defend the value of life through countless hours and efforts at the Iowa State Capitol.

Value does not come not from what we are able to do or not do. It comes from what God has done. Human life has value because:

  • God creates every life. (Psalm 139:13-14)
  • God redeemed every life with His own blood. (Acts 20:28)
  • God desires to call every life into an eternal relationship with Him. (1 Timothy 2:4)

Through this positive and joyful God-breathed truth, God moves us to dispel the myths about life’s value such as:

  • Unborn life has less value than born life.
  • People with severe disabilities are less valuable than the able bodied.
  • People with diseases like Alzheimer’s or mental health issues like depression are less valuable than others and financially burdensome.
  • The elderly are less valuable than younger people.

This is a critical time in a “pro-death” culture to be the voice for those vulnerable to abortion and physician-assisted suicide. If we don’t stand up now to defend life, who will? Lutheran Family Service works with LCMS Pastors and Congregations in Iowa to inform, educate and call-to-action through a Kingdom of the Left Sunday each year.

Jesus calls us to influence our culture. He tells us we are the light of His truth in this dark world (Matthew 5:14) and that we are to be like salt preserving this truth and defending it (Matthew 5:13). One of the ways we do this is in the public square is through our elected officials. Part of our Christian responsibility as citizens is to be a voice for God’s truth in the ears of those who represent us.

Right now, two specific issues call for our life-affirming voice.

Overturn of Roe v. Wade Has Significant Implications for Life-Affirming Christians

Lutheran Family Service joins you in giving thanks to God for this Supreme Court ruling.  We give thanks for so many of you who have been diligent defenders of life and proclaimers of new life.  The phrase gets overused sometimes, but right now it seems appropriate.  Defending life and proclaiming new life is needed MORE THAN EVER!

The current situation created by the overthrow of Roe brings increased opportunities to discuss and teach the beginnings of human life from a Biblical perspective with fellow Christians.

It brings increased opportunities to be involved as Christian citizens as state legislatures either move to ban or further restrict the killing of unborn children or, sadly, to make it more accessible.  Our voices matter and need to be heard.

It brings increased opportunities to share the compassion of Christ and walk with those dealing with unplanned pregnancies, partnering with pregnancy resources centers to provide non-judgmental help in real practical ways.  We stand ready to help with the life-giving choices of parenting or adoption.

Because recent happenings can be “trigger events,” surfacing repressed regret and grief over a past abortion, we have increased opportunity to share the objective and complete forgiveness through the merits of Jesus.  Unlike secular counselors, Lutheran Family Service professionally equipped mental health counselors offer this forgiveness along with appropriate therapy.

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Stopping Physician Assisted Suicide

Legislatures are or will be busy concentrating on the ramifications of the Roe overthrow. It is unlikely that a Physician Assisted Suicide bill will be debated. However, Compassion and Choices, the pro-death group pushing for this, will not give up trying. We too must be vigilant educating others of the dangers of such a bill. Again, sign up below so you can watch for alerts on this issue, but we also urge you to be proactive. Contact Lutheran Family Service to schedule presentations on this – in person or virtually if you desire.

Aside from promoting death as the answer to life’s problems, which creates an incredibly gruesome domino effect on the rate of suicides in general, it puts vulnerable subsets of the population in even more danger. Allowing “death by doctors” presents a convenient and cheap answer for “dealing” with those with disabilities, mental health illness, Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and the elderly.

Take Action and Be a Voice for LIFE

  1. Pray for life-affirming action in our legislature.
  2. Contact those who represent you, and let them know your views on abortion and physician assisted suicide.
  3. Have Lutheran Family Service come and help educate your congregation on these issues.
  4. Sign up using the form below to receive our legislative alerts.
  5. Support the Life Advocacy work of Lutheran Family Service so that we may continue to equip others and stand up to defend the value of life through countless hours and efforts at the Iowa State Capitol.

Lutheran Family Service is proud to be a member of the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders. This group is indeed stronger together as we serve to be the voice for the little girl or boy in the mother’s womb. Each each year, together with the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, Lutheran Family Service helps to plan and organize a Prayer Rally for Life. To be notified when life advocacy events will take place, as well as other legislative action steps you can take, please sign-up using the form below.

 

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From the Blog

Doctor Assisted Suicide: Is Death the Solution to the Problems of Life?
by Rev. Dr. Jim Lamb - Life Advocate

As long as God gives life, He gives life purpose. As long as God gives life, He is at work producing fruitful labor through that life. And death is not an acceptable solution to the problems of life.

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