Category: Q – ideas for the common good

wonderful article on the call to unity through students we may never meet.

“We Are All Rwandans” by Christopher Heuertz.

issues of life

so this morning [tues., april10] just finished watching the live stream from Q d.c.  this is an annual gathering of leaders hosted by gabe lyons in locations around the country; bringing together authors, leaders & culture shappers for the purpose of charting the direction of the church in the coming future.  check this link if your further interested.

one of the sessions today was a panel discussion on reducing abortion.  i know, hot topic!  esp. in the nations capital.  this was a good discussion & furthered the need to unpack the complicated details surrounding this issue.

the temptation is here to suggest that it’s not a complicated issue.  scumming to that temptation over-simplifies the issue.

yes, abortion needs to stop.  but if that is the only point we talk about it ends up creating a gap in who the church is able to help, who is willing to listen to the church & the kind of compassion the church offers.

consider this – 80% of unmarried evangelicals 18-29 have had, or are currently having, sex

also – of those having sex many are becoming pregnant & among those nearly 1/3 are having abortions

within the church how are we addressing this?  or more to the point…are we addressing this at all?

the short answer is this: no, we are not addressing this at all!

in our rightly placed zeal to end abortion we, the church, have turned our attention [in many, but not all cases] away from those that are pregnant or have had an abortion.  statistics bear out that many women who have been in this situation do not feel comfortable in their local church & wouldn’t know who to trust at church.

so the primary question becomes this; how do we deal with this?  how do we become a place where people in difficult circumstances, having made poor choices [not just issues of unplanned pregnancies] come to trust us, God’s people @ His church, again?

for one i think we need to be honest about what’s going on with the young people that are attending our churches.  secondly i think we also need to talk about alternative solutions like adoption.

may we be well-aware of the condition of the culture & wholly lean on Christ for direction, compassion & a vision for the future of His church.