The Annual celebration or memorial (depending on your view of abortion) of Roe v Wade was actually two days ago on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to allow abortion in the United States. The Blog Sifting Reality has some really good apologetic(1 Peter 3:15) arguments summed up here.The anniversary is still in the news and I am compelled to write about ministries that need to grow in the Body of Christ. God has convicted me that we need to expand our application of His truth of the implicit value of all life beyond public policy and political lobbying. The church needs to be known for ministering about abortions more than if not at least equal to politicizing our moral stance. I am not minimizing politics. We should apply our Christian worldview to all aspects of life and I voted my moral conscience in this past general election. However the Bible has called us all ministers and we need to minister more in this area:
- But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, They shall call you the servants of our God. -Isaiah 61:6 NKVJ
- But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; -1 Peter 2:9 NKJV
Here are 5 types of ministries that need to grow.
1. Ministries of healing for the mother
The hyper feminist and ultra liberal’s abortion agenda is all geared to the perspective, emotions and sympathy of the mother. And though I do not believe in abortion except for life threatening illness, I believe sometimes the church focuses only on the child. God cares about the mother and the child. The world has created a dichotomy and made the two mutually exclusive. But the church has to care about the mom as much as the child because God does. How did the unplanned pregnancy happen? Has she been sexually active from her early youth? Was this sexual activity caused by molestation? Was this caused by rape or incest (See Joyce Meyer’s testimony of healing after being raped by her father for over 10 years of her life)? Why is her self esteem so low that she had unprotected sex (and sex period), if it was unprotected? The message to the mother is that God cares that she is scared, overwhelmed and hurt. The healing mother’s ministry would have the spirit of Jesus with the woman caught in adultery: go and sin no more (John 8:1-12). The healing mother’s ministry is a long term commitment of emotional and sometimes financial support, possibly shelter, deliverance and Bible study during the pregnancy and after the child is born.
2. Ministries of healing for the father
The world makes unplanned pregnancy an esoteric private feminine decision. But it took both genders to create the child and both genders need to be ministered to. Why don’t our young men value financial and character preparation before dating? Why do they leave or remain passive during the pregnancy and after the child is born? This is a generational curse for many of them. I firsthand have seen that boys who are abandoned by their father are very likely at some point or in some measure to abandon their own children. This is a very serious problem and it’s related to abortions. Some of these men of arrested development are encouraging their partner to have an abortion. The healing fathers ministry must be led by Godly men that can become a substitute parental role model while also promoting God as the ultimate father the young men never had (Psalm 27:10). This ministry of fellowship, mentoring and Bible study will teach men Godly principals about dating and marriage.
3. Ministries of foster care and Adoption
Christians should always be at the forefront of foster care and adoption. If we have a message against abortions then we need to be prepared to take care of children in transition or to fully take up children from unplanned pregnancies (James 1:27). Though there has been some scandal with them, that I am not minimizing, I bless the Catholic Church for their centuries of orphanages. Christian couples who have not yet had a child and are considering adoption should take a look at the Both Hands Organization that helps the adoption funds of churches while helping to repair widows’ homes.
4. Ministries of abstinence
The world has things backwards; the truth is that God intended sex to be the outcome of established intimacy not intimacy to be the outcome of sex. True intimacy is an already established bond of Jesus Christ. This truth would undergird the abstinence ministry. This is a ministry of Bible Study, fellowship and prayer for when temptation arises. James 5:16 says “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (KJV)”. This ministry is non compromising, promotes avoidance from pornography, masturbation and flirting. This ministry is not only for virgins but those who seek true intimacy in life. Abstinence is the only 100% method of prevention of unplanned pregnancy.
5. Ministries of cultural alternatives
We really can’t remain abstinent if we are listening to sexually explicit love songs, watching movies with sex scenes and nudity, and watching the millions of shallow reality wedding and dating tv shows. We should have a culture that is in the world but not of the world (Romans 12:2) that promotes abstinence. We can be in style without fostering an appearance that will make us want to do things that would place us in a predicament of unplanned pregnancy. There is clean and awesome Christian movies and music out there. A good place to review movies before they come out is Christian Spotlight on Entertainment. This website also daily highlights influential celebrities to pray for.
IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR AND HAVE HAD AN ABORTION THIS ARTICLE IS NOT TO CONDEMN YOU. I would like to remind you that his mercy endureth forever (Psalm 100:5). There is no better voice than yours, a Christian who went through it and is now saved by grace. There is no better voice to lead any one of these 5 areas.
Okay Body of Christ, LET’S GO!!!