Filed under: Quotes from Great Christians
Yesterday we quoted Bishop Vaughan from Bishop John Elya’s Address to the 7th Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers on Monday, January 22, 2001.
Bishop Elya made some good points in his address so I thought we would quote from it again:
“Once upon a time, a Christian congregation, spiritually alive formed a committee to find a preacher for their flock of believers. After a long search, the committee found a preacher who really impressed and inspired them. That preacher was called to serve that congregation. On the first Sunday the new preacher gave an eloquent and inspiring sermon, and the committee was happy and proud that they had made the right choice. On the next Sunday, the church was filled to capacity with standing room only. People were eager to hear our fiery preacher. Our fiery preacher gave exactly the same sermon as the week before. That puzzled the listeners. Then on the third and on the fourth Sundays he repeated the same sermon. A group came to him and asked him when he would give another sermon. The preacher replied: ‘What do you expect? I am going to give the same sermon again and again until you learn it. I will give a second sermon as soon as I have seen that you have paid attention to the first one.’
For 28 years now, we have been decrying the evils of abortion. We have been preaching the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. But abortion is still legal. We are in the right. We hope that, eventually, enough people will not only realize that we are right but also will take action to end this shameful period of our country’s history. So I feel privileged to address your distinguished group today. But I wonder what new things shall I tell you and tell our American people, except to repeat the same sermon. We have to keep shouting, ‘abortion has within itself the seed of destruction of our society… We must give witness to the value of each and every human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.’ “
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