Evangelical Christians will gather for the third consecutive year in the United States’ capital city beginning Thursday (Jan. 18) to speak for the sanctity of all human life.
Evangelicals for Life (EFL) — a three-day conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family — will address abortion and a host of other human dignity issues. The event is structured around the annual March for Life, which will be held Jan. 19 on the National Mall.
The timing of the march and the conference coincides with the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion throughout the country.
The conference “exists as a platform for the reborn to stand for the unborn,” ERLC President Russell Moore told Baptist Press in written comments. “Our culture assumes that life is only worth living when it is powerful and of a perceived usefulness. We believe that every human life bears the dignity rooted in the image of God.
“This event is designed to speak a word of witness to the watching world,” Moore said. “Against a culture of death, the church of Jesus Christ will stand and speak for the powerless and vulnerable.”
Two U.S. senators — James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska — will be among the keynote speakers. In addition to Moore and Focus President Jim Daly, others addressing the conference include:
— Joni Eareckson Tada, a popular author and a disability advocate who is quadriplegic;
— Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S.;
— Ann Voskamp, a well-known author;
— Benjamin Watson, tight end for the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens;
— Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief.
Protecting the unborn and ministering to their mothers will gain much of the attention at Evangelicals for Life. Panelists in the main sessions will address the work of pregnancy resource centers and the importance of pro-life legislation.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press – Tom Strode