[The Brazil Times nameplate] Fair ~ 72°F  
High: 74°F ~ Low: 49°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

Church places crosses for babies

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

(Photo)
Members of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, located at 9251 N. State Road 59, Jasonville, gathered Jan. 1, to place 1,000 white wooden crosses on the front lawn of the church. The crosses represent the 60,000 babies who have been aborted since the Supreme Court ruling in the Roe Vs. Wade case of Jan. 22, 1973.
JASONVILLE -- One area church is trying to make a big statement.

Members of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, located at 9251 N. State Road 59, Jasonville, gathered New Year's Day, to place 1,000 white wooden crosses on the front lawn of the church.

According to Senior Pastor Jerry Ross, each cross represents 60,000 babies who have been aborted since the Supreme Court ruling in the Roe Vs. Wade case on Jan. 22, 1973.

"Our church will turn 40-years-old in May," Ross said. "Sadly, we share our anniversary year with the Roe Vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America. Our church felt that we should bring awareness to this Biblical issue by placing the crosses in front of our church. We are praying that abortion ends in 2013."

According to the National Right to Life Committee's projected numbers as of this year, more than 60 million abortions have taken place in the United States of America in the past 40 years.

"The Bible not only teaches us that life begins at conception, but that God's hands are active in the formation of every baby in the womb," Ross said.

The church will leave the crosses up through the month of January. The church is also setting aside Jan. 22, as a day of prayer and fasting. The church will be open for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight, in order for community members to come for a time of prayer.

Visitors are welcome to walk along the crosses outside or come inside the church to spend time praying about the issue. Some church members are also choosing to fast that day.

"Our prayer is that this 40-year national shame would end in America," Ross said. "We joined our president and fellow Americans in grieving over the 20 innocent lives that were killed in Newtown, Conn., last month. We pray that they will join us in grieving over the nearly 60 million innocent lives that have been killed in America since Roe Vs. Wade."

Ross said his church normally reminds community members to pray about ending abortion, but with the 40-year anniversary, he and the church members wanted to draw more attention to the issue.

"We wanted to bring heightened awareness in the community," Ross told The Brazil Times. "(Abortion) is something that is done privately. It's easy for it to go on every day and the average American doesn't think about it. But we want people to be aware and to pray about ending abortion."


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I believe they need to mind their own ruddy business. How DARE they?!?!

-- Posted by wands on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 3:08 PM

They "DARE" because they have the right to dare. The God given right to speak their conscience out loud is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. They "DARE" because they have the courage of their convictions. Not only are they putting up crosses, but they are going to dedicate time to prayer and fasting; they "DARE" to do that because perhaps they believe God will hear their prayer and answer. They DARE because they can.

If you think abortion is a - ok in God's eyes, why not put up 1,000 clothes hangers and vacuum cleaners in your yard and spend a day in prayer and fasting for MORE abortions.

-- Posted by rdnkpatriot on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 10:39 AM

Right on rdnkpatriot.

I have seen other churches and John Paul II High School in the Terre Haute area do the same thing. I hope by doing this it will wake people up to what abortion really is, THE MURDER OF UNBORN CHILDREN.

-- Posted by CALL'EM AS I C'M on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:38 PM

Laws are never going to stop abortions as gun control would never stop murders and other violent crimes. However, just as some believe it should be a woman's choice if she has an abortion, it should be my choice as to whether or not I want my tax money paying for her child's murder.

-- Posted by My Dime on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 12:58 PM

Last Sunday night, (1-6-13) Pastor Ross addressed many of the questions brought up by some of you. You can listen to his message on abortion by logging on to the church's website and clicking on "archived sermons". It is a good listen.

-- Posted by Frag on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 5:14 PM

Hypocricy is alive and well.

Want abortion to end? The let the CHURCH and it's patrons adopt ALL unwanted children. That'll stop it.

Why not focus prayer on the sick, twisted 'men of the cloth' who sexually abuse boys?

My body. My choice. Butt out.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 11:24 AM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: