Chapel talks

January 22, 2010

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance;  in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Today is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.   It was on January 22, 1973 that the Supreme Court voted to legalize abortion, deeming it a fundamental right and thereby removing the fundamental right to life of the unborn children in our nation.  Since that day, abortions have cut short the lives of 50 million babies in the United States.  50 million is a hard number to wrap your mind around.  Let me help.  If you add up the populations of the following 25 states, they equal about 50 million:  Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, Connecticut.

Abortion in America is a tragic and sobering reality.  Nearly one in three children conceived is aborted.  By age 40, 40% of women have had an abortion.  Over 3800 abortions occur daily in the US, some of these within a few miles of this campus.  These statistics shock and horrify us, but their purpose  is not overwhelm you.  Rather, this tragic situation is an opportunity for Christian witness, love, and service.  Many Wheaton students are rightfully passionate about pursuing peace and justice.  Historically the college has had a prophetic social witness, particularly in the fight against slavery.  The fight against abortion is also an opportunity for Wheaton’s continued Christian social witness.  Please remember that striving for peace and justice means protecting the most indefensible and innocent – the unborn.  There are many opportunities for us to pray, to partner with crisis pregnancy centers, to extend love and grace to women who have had abortions, to learn how to articulate and defend the human rights of the unborn.  Please stop by the Voice for Life table in the beamer center today for more information.

Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Today I’m wearing black because I’m mourning the 50 million children who have died since Roe v. Wade.  But I’m also mourning the American culture of death – that we live in a nation where life is not valued as it ought to be.  I’m mourning the circumstances that make women think that there is no alternative to abortion.  I’m mourning the fact that too many American Christians are failing to treasure and defend life as they ought.  And I’m mourning with the countless women who are grieving for the aborted child they never got to hold and love.  Mourn with me today, and let us pray and work towards the day when abortion will be unthinkable.

October 2, 2009


Hi, I’m Esther Ball and this is Carol Miner and we’re a part of Voice for Life, which is a pro-life group on campus.  The plight of the unborn is something that has been heavy on our hearts. The best way for me to describe the burden I feel is just that when I watch Holocaust movies my first thought is “ I would be the good German”, “I would have done something about it” but you know, the truth is 4,000 unborn children are killed a day in America and 50 million have died since Roe vs. Wade. There is a holocaust in our own country right now and the truth is I have done very little. People often ask, “where was the German church during the Holocaust?” My prayer is that this would not be said about us. Proverbs 24: 11-12 tells us “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “but we knew nothing about this, does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”  My hope is that we would have a voice for those who have none and keep the unborn constantly in our prayers.


Passionate as I am about the sanctity of life, I long, and I hope you long with me, to see the end to abortion.  Like Jews before us, Christians have always believed that abortion is a grievous evil that steals glory from our God who created and delights in life.  It’s unthinkable that we not rise up to defend the most innocent and vulnerable among us – the unborn.

In the last chapel, Dr. Litfin reminded us how important it is to picture a real person in our mind when we wrestle with concerns for social justice joined with gospel proclamation.  Let me remind you that the children killed by abortion, and the men and women struggling with a crisis pregnancy are not abstractions.  Many of them are even within the Christian community.

On Wednesday, Esther and I joined some others to pray in front of the abortion clinic in Glen Ellyn.  In under an hour we saw several women, including a girl who must have been only about 14 going into the clinic for an abortion.  And now those women are suffering the emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual effects of that choice.  Their most urgent need is inextricably linked with their greatest need, which is the greatest need of all of us here – the forgiveness and grace of God through the work of Jesus Christ.

The voice for life club is here to encourage and equip you in your commitment to the sanctity of human life.  We will be praying regularly for the cause of the unborn and seeking to help you better understand and defend your convictions about the sanctity of life.  We will also provide opportunities to meet urgent needs by partnering with local crisis pregnancy centers.  Speak to me or Esther or visit the club blog ( to learn more.

Please join us in giving a voice to the voiceless.


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  2. Lon Adams on

    Thank you for being a voice on Wheaton’s campus for those without a voice! May God honor and bless your efforts!

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