Christian Pastors, Church Leaders Name Abortion at a Top National Issue

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 9, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 9, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A poll of Christian pastors and church leaders of the most important issues churches have to face in today’s society reveals abortion is still a top priority.

The survey, conducted by the LifeWay Christian Internet web portal, asked gathered opinions of more than 1,300 leaders in evangelical churches in both Europe and the United States. Respondents were asked to rank various topics in order of what most concerns the church today.

Abortion came in number ten of the top 10 issues of all of the ones named in the survey. The poll did not offer ideas for top issues, so dozens of issues were named by those taking part in the poll.

"According to LifeWay’s survey, ministry leaders contend abortion increasingly is viewed as just another form of birth control, even within the Christian community," the web site said in a news release.

"With 42 million abortions in three decades, these leaders believe sanctity of life must be highlighted within the church to help Christians understand the magnitude of the problem, as well as a biblical response to it," LifeWay said of its survey responses.

A church leader from Hawthorn Woods, Illinois told LifeWay that Christians "must speak out with a stronger and unified voice on this horror."

"Let’s put aside differences and come together to help the formation of consciences that will see abortion for what it is: killing of the unborn…the weakest among us," the church leader said.

Another church leader from Fairfax, Virginia is concerned that abortion issues are "rarely addressed."

"There is a large number of people in the church who are silently dying inside because they have been affected by abortion in some way," the leader said.

LifeWay Christian Resources web site is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.