Evangelical Pastors Cancel Services On Sanctity Of Life Sunday Due To Inclement Pushback
This weekend a blizzard has paralyzed the midwest and northeastern sections of the nation. Many churches across those regions have cancelled services because people can’t, or shouldn’t travel the roads. But there is another reason some pastors are cancelling services. Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday, marking the 46th year that abortion has been legal in America.
Pastor John Burroughs is one pastor who has cancelled services today. But it has nothing to do with the weather. Burroughs pastors Alive in Christ Assembly of God in Tampa, Florida. The weather in Tampa calls for low 60s and breezy today. On the church Facebook page he explains the situation.
“I decided to cancel services today because I really didn’t want to talk about abortion. It is a difficult topic to talk about anywhere, but especially at church. I don’t personally agree with abortion, but I know that several of our members have had abortions, and nearly every family has been touched by it. To be honest, I know very little about the topic, but I saw something about Sanctity of Life Sunday on Twitter yesterday. Instead of endangering my reputation, raising questions I cannot answer, and offending anyone who doesn’t see the murder of babies as wrong, I just thought it best to cancel the services. I just want everyone to be safe. I look forward to seeing everyone next week. I will be preaching a message on living above fear.”
Rev. Evelyn Pelham of Toledo Wesleyan Church says, “Our people would have shoveled out from under the 2 foot of snow to come to church. But it worked out to be a good excuse to cancel what would have been a brutal message to deliver and hear. We want our people to be and feel safe. It may sound strange, but in order to create a safe worship space, sometimes it means cancelling worship.”
Pastor Harry Greene of Temple Baptist in Ann Arbor, Michigan believes the blizzard was an act of God. “I’ll be honest… I’ve been praying for a reason to cancel this service since we lost so many people last year over my pro-life sermon. If God didn’t send the storm for anyone else… He sent it for me.”