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What should a Christian do as an individual, and what should a single, local church do?


From: Michael L. Gonzalez [mailto:GonzoML@ameritech.net]
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 10:29 AM
To: Sondra Wheeler
Subject: The Bond of Peace in a Church in Conflict from UCMPage.org

I read the message you gave recently at the "United Methodist Taskforce on Abortion and Sexuality" event; it's posted at: http://www.ucmpage.org/articles/swheeler.html

I understand the point you made (so well) in your message, and it has made me ponder. Thank you.

However, could I go further (into specifics) with you? Let me ask you about what you challenged Christians to do, as you said:

We would have to ask ourselves the difficult questions: whether we are not too busy to care for the children born to others, too concerned about our own financial welfare to support public spending to care for these children after they are born, too preoccupied to provide their half-grown parents the adult support and guidance and discipline they might have needed to avoid unprepared pregnancy in the first place. . . .

that means putting our time and money where our mouths are . . . about child care and medical insurance, housing and job training, family leave and community care for single and abandoned mothers.

It means coming to grips with the deadly indifference that allows us . . . to ignore the rising number of homeless families, to remain ignorant about the realities of mothers struggling to raise children alone.

Help me out, where are we, as Christians not doing enough of the above? Obviously, I know that we could ALWAYS do more in general, but let's get specific. What avenues do you suggest that we need to follow which we aren't now, or which avenues which we ARE following do you suggest that we need to increase in our efforts?

Your comments make clear that you believe that Christians are falling short. What specific guidance do you have for us? What should a Christian do as an individual, and what should a single, local church do?


Brother Michael,

The sad news is that the folks at Lifewatch.org had a program called the Sheltering Church Program that required and directed real Christian faith demonstrated in work.  Few took advantage of the program and it was laid to rest as extinct.

I have preserved it to answer your question and resurrect the wonderfully challenging guide to Christian response to this terrible crises of death by abortion in our culture.

Sheltering Church Program

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