A Call Against Abortion
A Sermon by Fr. Demetrios Leussis of Rockford, IL
January 1, 2006
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, in only a few weeks our country will be in its 33rd year of the Supreme Court's decision on the Roe vs. Wade, legalizing abortion for any given reason.
Since 1973, more than 47,000,000 innocent babies have been aborted. 47,000,000. That is the population of Rumania.
How can we in good conscience, not only as Orthodox, but as human beings condone hte destruction of human life?
We as people have allowed the Supreme Court to dictate to us, that the taking of an unborn child is not murder because the abortion of a child which is not born is not living. In some instances they are making this excuse up to third trimester pregnancies, and are doing partial-birth abortion. The horror.
Who has given these courts the right to say what is and when does life begin? God said I knew you before you were born. I take this to mean that I was given to my parents as His gift to them. What right does man have to take God's gift from the world? We have an obligation to ourselves, to our God and to the unborn to speak up and let those in government know that we abhor this atrocious and sadistic decision.
What if 2000 years ago, when Joseph learning from the angel that Mary was with child, and not wanting to put her away but to marry her, aborted the Child within her?
Destroying God in the Flesh. Who would have come to the world to be our Saviour? You may think that abortion is a relatively new concept, but it was readily practiced in antiquity.
In Luke 1 we hear of the Most Holy Virgin Mary going to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. When the child within Elizabeth heard Mary's voice he leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth proclaims, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the Fruit of your womb."
The courts say that a woman should have control of her own body, and this is true. But when she conceives, she no longer is one person; she has become a vessel for another. That child which may be aborted could be the next Einstein or Dr. Saulk, or President of these United States.
The duty of the government is to protect and defend the lives of its people, born and unborn. The right to life does not come from, is not granted to, nor can be denied by any government, but by He that created life.
Our Founding Fathers began the Constitution with the phrase "We the People", we the people make the law, we the people uphold the law. Those in government are the caretakers of the law. And as caretakers they must listen to our voices. Not one voice in the wilderness but thousands, nay, millions of voices in support of repealing this horrid law.
Remember what I said earlier of our Lord. He that could not be contained is contained in the womb. He without form, took on the lowly form of Man in the Flesh. The Prophet Daniel called the Theotokos a spiritual mountain. Isaiah called her the Mother of God and David called her the Gateway.
Today we celebrate the Circumcision of our Lord. The Jewish rite which is done to all males on the eighth day after their births. Our own Orthodox custom of the reading of the prayers of childbirth and the naming of the child on the eighth day stems from that tradition. We follow in His footsteps. And we should follow His teachings which have been handed down to us from the Apostles and the Church Fathers. One of these teachings is to honour life, not from first breath but from conception.
We have a moral obligation to our progeny to struggle against abortion, since everyone’s life, born or unborn, is the Image of God (Genesis 1:26). Pour letters to our representatives in government, to repeal this horrendous law.
What would the world have been if that child born in a stable 2000 years ago had been aborted? There would have been no one to atone for our sins and save us. Nor would we be able to say with joy, "Christ is born! Glorify Him!" Or of whom would we say, "Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever!" Amin.
Slava Isusa Christa!