I shared this on Sunday before my sermon at Eastbrook Church and a few people asked if they could see it in print form, so here it is.
It is hard to ignore the debates in our culture about current abortion law and what may be coming in rulings from the Supreme Court. Many of us may wonder what to think about this as Christians.
Mother’s Day provides us an important moment to remember we are a church who is for life across the board. Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). We are, in a sense, a whole life church.
We are for life for the unborn. Each child is “knit…together in [their] mother’s womb…. fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14). We want to care for the least of these, particularly those with no voice. They are all significant and loved by God.
We are also for life for the mothers who carry children they do not want. We want to help provide support structures in their lives to help them navigate having a child. They are all significant and loved by God.
We are for life for the children born who have no one to care for them. That is why we support fostering and adopting children, as well as the families who step forward to do so. They are all significant and loved by God.
We are for life for the next generation in our church, seeking to help them grow with God and find a place of safety and nurture within our church community. They are all significant and loved by God.
We are for life for mothers who, as we remember this Mother’s Day, nurture life in their bodies, care for children in the earliest years, and continue to uphold their children in later stages of life. They are all significant and loved by God.
We are for life for the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger and those in poverty, the sick and the imprisoned. They are all significant and loved by God.
We are for life for our friends, but also for life for our enemies because Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:44-45, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” They are all significant and loved by God.
We are for all of life from the womb to the tomb because Jesus is unabashedly for life.
Join me in being this sort of Jesus-centered community that is unashamedly for life—for all life—as we continue to shine His light in this day and time until He returns.
Let us pray.
6 thoughts on “We are a Whole Life Church”
Thank you for this powerful, loving statement of who we are as a church and as children of God.
Thank you, Geri.
Amen!!! This answers the charge that the church is hypocritical in being Pro Life but does not care about children once they are born. As an internist I would add that the church values people at the end of their lives.
Amen, Bonnie. Yes, you are so right.
Wonderful statement of God’s concern for His people to work for justice and to live out compassion in a world that seemingly has little concerned for life within the womb or outside in a broken world
Thank you so much, Paul.