June 25, 2022 Nick DeYoung

A Day of Celebration?

A Day of Celebration?

Roe v. Wade has been overturned and for many friends and family I know that this is a time of celebration. If you feel like this is a win for life and the sanctity of the life God has created then you and I are thrilled that this decision has been handed down.

I also know that I have friends and family that are concerned about this ruling and the impact that it will have on our communities and for those who are hurting. Not everyone who is “pro-choice” sits on the side of abortion as a beautiful option. These feelings and concerns need to be heard as well, because ultimately this ruling will have an impact on our community.

So, how do we respond as a church?

We live in a part of the country that is relatively quiet so we may not experience the protests and rally’s that other parts are experiencing. But, as we are like other churches we are filled with people with varying opinions. And we are still brothers and sisters in Christ. So, as a church we will: love one another as Christ loved us, we will be humble in our own opinions and response to the issue because we know that this ruling won’t solve the greater cultural crisis that we are experiencing. If others shout at us, we won’t shout back. We will need to be ready to pick up the cross of Christ which means sacrifice and not the sword of the world which seeks to work through power.

The conservative church has been chasing this car for a very long time. I’m afraid that now we’ve caught it we won’t know what to do with it.

Passion led us here. Now will we have the stamina to do the real work?

There are already over 1400 children in the foster / adoptive system in New Hampshire and we are struggling to find Christian homes to step up and provide solutions. What if that number doubled for us, what do we do. Our government welfare support systems seem overwhelmed already. What do we do when new children and families are added to the numbers? Church we must be part of the solution.

We must not see this “victory” as an end all to the issue of abortion and family health. This is just the beginning, and if the church doesn’t step up with real life giving solutions then we will prove to be empty vessels shouting in the wind. The work is just beginning church, and we are called to us the tools that Christ has provided. The work entails providing life to those who are struggling. Sacrificing our own time and resources for those in need. Working with the government to make sure that all of the citizens are able to prosper in this life.

Galatians 5:22 are the marching orders.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.”