The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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January 17, 2010

Right to Life group holds vigil, hopes for day abortions end

ASHTABULA — Area Christians gathered Sunday evening to light a candle for the unborn and rally in hopes of eventually ending abortion.

The Ashtabula County Right to Life organization sponsored the event, held at Zaback-Ducro Funeral Home. More than 20 people attended the event from a variety of churches and organizations.

“Help us to be fire in our convictions,” prayed the Rev. Doug Wright of First Baptist Church in Ashtabula. “We pray that one day there may be no more abortions,” he said.

Organizers said they realized that even if abortion were no longer legal they would still exist but in greatly reduced numbers.

Ed Diehl, pastor of Pierpont Presbyterian Church and the main speaker for the event, urged participants to take the Bible seriously and hold to its truth no matter what society may say.

“It is not because of Democrats, the Republicans or Independents it is because we as Christians have let our foundations be blown out from underneath us,” Diehl said.

He urged people to pray for repentance in their own lives and the life of the nation. “We all make wrong decisions. Politics is not the answer,” Diehl said.

Diehl also urged participants to pray for those in Haiti, ministering to those who have been devastated by the recent earthquakes.

“They (the workers in Haiti) are going to enable people in the field to complete the job,” Diehl said.

Diehl urged people to stand for their believes in light of a country that may have different views of the world. “There is a disconnect between the church and society,” he said.

“Abortion is a symptom of the problem. It is not the problem,” he said.

Diehl also challenged Christians to be consistent in their beliefs and actions.

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