The pro-life community will take to the streets this Sunday afternoon, October 4th, for National Life Chain Sunday. Pro-life families and citizens gather on local
sidewalks and street corners in long lines to speak out in defense of human life.
Organizers say the purpose of Life Chain Sunday is to "seek God's divine help to end the legalized killing of preborn children." They encourage pastors to lead participants in a time of solemn prayer, meditation, and public witness.
Last year, life chains were present in over 1400 cities and towns in the United States and Canada. Men and women young and old hold specific signs which include some of the following messages:
"Abortion Kills Children," "Abortion Hurts Women," "Jesus Forgives and Heals," and "Pray to End Abortion."
While the signs are aimed at motorists and other passersby, participants are urged not to engage in verbal or physical responses to motorists. The idea is for the Life Chain to be an occasion for peaceful public testimony to the sanctity of human life.
Royce Dunn, the national director of Life Chain, says it is vital that Christians stand up against the spiritual deception of these times. "For decades, we have remained in our sanctuaries and relied heavily on
rhetoric...We must move beyond abortion as an issue and truly value [human life]...The pulpit and the pew must fight ever more devotedly to defend our essential values," he says.
Dunn believes Life Chain is an effective non-confrontational way to defend those values which should be comfortable for any believer. "God works through willing vessels who will defend and honor the needy and helpless among humanity. He will empower us to witness truth to the public with humility, compassion, and conviction."
Royce is challenging pastors to take a leadership role in local Life Chain observances. "In each city and town all across America, the battle to end legalized abortion
rests first and foremost with pastors. We challenge them to equip themselves for spiritual warfare, mobilize their flocks, and stand boldly against the forces destroying our youth and culture."
He adds, "Four decades of lay pro-life leadership have seen no serious decline in abortions. Today, lay leaders realize their inability to protect from deadly predators the most helpless church family members--
our preborn sons and daughters. Without pastoral leadership, the battle for Life will not be won."
Life Chains are being held in over 50 Missouri communities from Blue Springs to Willow Springs and from Cape Girardeau to Kirksville. You can find out more about a Life Chain in your area and the time they will be gathering by visiting this website link:
You can read more about the history and ministry of Life Chain by clicking this link:
This year's National Life Chain press release includes a quote from Albert Einstein which we believe sums is instructive: "This world is too dangerous to live in--not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who let it happen."