Statement for Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Life
by Bishop, John Bradosky, presiding bishop of the NALC
I am honored to lead a church body that as a matter of first
priority, gathered its theologians to produce its first word of
counsel to the North American Lutheran Church on the sanctity of
Life is holy because the source of life is a Holy God.
Genesis reveals that human beings are the pinnacle of creation
and given stewardship responsibilities for all other created
People were created to live in a holy relationship with God
and one another. The devaluation of human life must always be
the first move of the demonic in our midst. From such
devaluation comes the promotion of selfishness, the
objectification and possession of self and others. People are to
be used to promote individual purposes and pleasures.
Materialism and all of its associated issues become the greater
good. Marriage, family, relationships and community are always
devalued in proportion to the devaluation of life in a culture.
In such a culture the truth of the Holiness of God and the
holiness of human life must be replaced by a lie.
Paul’s words in Romans make this point. “Although they
claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of
the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and
birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in
the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the
degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the
truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things
rather than the Creator-who is forever praised. Amen. (1:22-25)
The redemptive purposes of the Kingdom can only be served by
a complete transformation of our cultural values and not
compromise. God is a Holy God. All life is sacred and has its
origin in God the Creator. If the death and burial of Jesus
sanctifies the graves of all the saints then His presence in the
womb of Mary sanctifies the wombs of all who bear His children,
Because of the deceptive nature of evil our culture will
always attempt to make what is evil seem good. The devaluation
of life that leads to broad acceptance of abortion will be
lifted up as a source of human freedom and human rights. The
truth is we have the freedom and the right to make such choices.
The illusion is that all freedom and rights are consistent with
the will of a Holy God. This deception has claimed millions upon
millions of victims over the course of these last years. (Since
Roe v Wade) In fact none of us have escaped the consequences of
a culture that devalues human life.
Because of these far reaching and tragic implications of such
unholy values, contrary to the will and Word of God, the people
of God cannot remain silent, but must speak, act and live in
ways that express faithfulness to God and a culture that values
what God values, the preciousness and Holiness of every human
life from the moment of conception to its last breath.
I am honored to be with you all on this special occasion and
thank you for that privilege.