Skip to comments.Pregnant and homeless on the doorsteps of a Christian megachurch
Posted on 10/06/2012 5:45:50 PM PDT by Morgana
One night over dinner, a friend of mine told me that he had seen a very pregnant homeless woman on the corner of a busy Austin intersection. I knew the intersection he was referring to there is a huge non-denominational church on the corner. I felt confident that she had probably received some assistance from them. Maybe they were in the process of trying to help her find resources.
One of the friends with us at dinner, Heather, is the executive director of the Austin Coalition for Life, a non-profit group who holds daily vigils outside of Austins four abortion clinics. Their goal is to connect abortion-minded women with pregnancy resources in the area to help them choose life for their child. I was about to deliver my own baby any day, so I was limited with what I could do to reach out to this woman. Heather said she would continue to go by the intersection until she found her.
After several days of unsuccessful attempts, Heather was finally able to connect with her. She explained that there were several pro-life agencies in town that could help her with housing both before and after her baby was born. They could also help with expenses, pre and post natal care, labor and delivery, food, clothing, and all of her other basic needs. She talked to her for a long time and found out that she was running from an abusive relationship and was trying to protect her unborn child from the father.
Heathers next question was a pretty obvious one had the megachurch a few hundred feet away offered to help her? Instead of asking the woman and putting her on the spot, Heather decided to go and ask the church if they knew anything about the woman. She was startled at the response. Well, one of our members took her to the Target Café to share the Gospel with her. So, no material assistance was offered for her or her baby? No resources offered for where she could receive assistance? No phone calls made to maternity homes or pro-life groups in the area? No, the woman responded. Just the meeting at Target to talk about the Lord.
Well, isnt that fantastic. Im sure the Gospel will help her find a hospital to deliver her baby in. Im sure the Gospel will help her with food to nourish her body during the last few weeks of her pregnancy. Im sure the Gospel will help keep her safe from harm as she sleeps outside night after night.
Their answer made me disgusted. How can we expect to nourish someone spiritually when their physical needs arent met? How can we expect someone to be receptive to the Gospel when they go physically hungry during the day? How can we expect someone to believe in the power of Christ when they dont know if they will be forced to deliver their baby in alley somewhere? This is Christianity? This is how we treat those in need of help? Certainly not. That is not what faith is about. James clearly states that faith without works is dead. What is faith if we are not willing to step out of our comfort zone and get our hands dirty in service to Christ? We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ, right? That means service to those who need him not just words actions.
When we say we are pro-lifers, what does that mean? Does it mean that we just dont like abortion? Or does it mean that we are willing to go that extra step? Are we willing to take a young pregnant woman into our home to care for her when she has no one else? Are we willing to give sacrificially to those who have nothing? Are we willing to set our superficial judgment aside and truly be Christ-like? Are we willing to show mercy when others condemn? Are we willing to get our hands dirty?
Being pro-life isnt always pretty. And its not just about saving babies. It is about saving the person the woman, the baby, the man involved, the family. It is sometimes about putting someone elses needs above our own. It is about stepping out of the comfortable and moving into a place that is unfamiliar.
Is it comfortable to talk about abortion? Not always. Do people always want to hear about it? Not usually. But silence breeds apathy, and that is what we are soaked in. APATHY. The greatest breeding ground for apathy seems to be in our churches. Why is that? Its not like the sanctity of human life isnt all over Scripture. It isnt as if God didnt make it pretty clear that life is sacred. We arent scared to talk about a slew of other hot button issues but we tend to be silent on the number one issue that has invaded our churches. According to the Guttmacher Institute, seventy-two percent of women seeking abortions come from the church. I actually think that number is low. We performed very few abortions on women who proclaimed to be atheists or agnostic. No, many of them brought their bibles and/or rosaries to their abortion appointments. Many would ask if we would pray with them before the abortion procedure began.
APATHY. It is what keeps these churchgoing women coming to the abortion clinics over and over again. The churches are silent. The majority of clergy are silent. And their silence is deafening! By not speaking up they are telling those in their congregation who are suffering in silence that their sin of abortion is too big for God. That is a LIE. Clergy who are silent on this issue are not doing any one any favors. They are doing their congregation an incredible disservice. With seventy-two percent of abortions coming from the church, a sermon once a year during the Sanctity of Human Life month is not enough!! People are hurting! They are in desperate need of healing and they have no idea where to go because the church is silent. We have become so concerned with offending others that we have forgotten about how much our apathy offends God.
If you are in a church where your pastor/priest actively speaks on the sanctity of human life, I encourage you to thank him, and thank him often. It is not easy, but it is right. If you are not hearing the message of abortion and healing from the pulpit, I strongly urge you to go to your pastor and ask why. Share why this is important to you. Share these statistics with them. Share your heart. Just because your pastor is silent doesnt mean you have to be. Stand up for life. Stand up and speak up. Lives are depending on it. It is time for the church to STAND UP.
The only “ SINS “ that the works based, hellfire and brimstone, preach against “ SIN “ preachers don’t preach against is his or her own.
Or maybe they are just unregenerate self-absorbed worldly people who prefer an entertaining social club over worshiping the Lord.
not really. there might well be something to ‘judge’ in this but the evidence wasn’t presented. most likely this is just another attack on megachurches ~ or cathedrals ~ I can hear the peasants of Beauvais rallying under their torches and pitchforks ‘Zoot alors ~ zee Cathedral will take all the good priests and who will attend st wilhelmina’s chapel in the future’?
WOW! Talking about throwing the baby out with the bath-water. How about this: If you are interested...freepmail me and I will give you the website of my "mega-church." There...you can watch our teacing pastor from just Wed night (or any night) offend the Godless. You can also watch our senior pastor as he offends the Godless...by preaching the gospel the way the apostles did. OR...if you are in the area...you can come into our connection center. PRETEND you are Godless and see if you don't get offended.
Sitting in a small church where the preacher does nothing but preach the same sermon to "the choir"...and doesn't reach anyone for the Gospel doesn't make you right. I hear SO MANY people talk like you.
I simply ask them: How many people have YOU led to Christ this month? This week? How many people have placed their faith in Christ because of YOU? For me...in the last few weeks its been 5. I am in touch with all of them and discipling them. One of them was gloriously saved after a suicide attempt (a real one...not a fake-out).
Are you leading people to Christ...or just being critical?
"What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself."
NO cheers, unfortunately.
Try reading the chapter "Protestant" in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days...
The more I think about this story, the more it sounds like a hit piece.
It’s very vagueness is suspicious. These women could be discussing any church in Austin and I believe that is the idea behind the story. As in “all Christians are selfish phonies”. Not for a minute do I believe any chuch would stop with taking the woman to lunch then allowing her to go back out on the street.
I am even questioning the likelihood of the woman wondering around the church and making no effort to find help for herself. Unless she is mentally challeneged people just are not that ignorant.
Finally, the story about the pastor who vowed to visit every home within a square mile of his church is also questionable. In reality, that is not humanly posible in an urban setting; he would have time for nothing else.
I’m still trying to figure out how a pregnant and homeless woman is that church’s fault.
Yes, that is part of the reason I said it. It was an attack. We all serve the Lord in different ways and some will be left with more than others as their works are tested by fire. Some will escape with only their eternal soul. 1 Cor 3:15
Albion, that is a great ‘sentimentality’ quote. Perfect.
“Or maybe they are just unregenerate self-absorbed worldly people who prefer an entertaining social club over worshiping the Lord.”
I also failed to say that most of these churches have a mentality of “if you don’t attend OUR baptist church you are going to hell” Notice I said “our” church. To them all other churches, including other baptists are going to hell because they are “wrong” in some way.
Now do you see what I mean when I say incestuous and you get retards? Yes I am using harsh words but then again I call a spade a spade. These people don’t preach the gospel they just stand at the pulpit and degrade other churches. What is with that?
Meanwhile a pregnant girl sits outside a mega church and no one helps her? Okay you don’t have to wave money in her face but at least can you drive her to the local women’s shelter or make some calls for her? While doing that share the gospel with her at the same time. Yea I think that is what Jesus would have done.
We have prayer.
They have free will.
Now we pray to keep the fallout away from our children.
And I will accept prayer from anyone, for anyone, including Obama.
I agree with you that these places do exist
Funny I belonged to a UCC church (kinda middle of the road one) where my famiily had been full tithe members for a number of years. When life took a bang I asked for some minor assistance and was turned down. Only not memebers were helped, bosnia Muslim refugees, black inner city kids. Not church members.
What denomination are you that takes you into all these obscure, small town Baptist churches where you see things of retards and incest that the rest of us don’t see and have never seen?
When the mega church turned this woman away, they turned away Jesus Christ Himself. Blind guides and white-washed tombs. What good is a basketball court or adding another wing to the building? They strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.
Well, the problem seems obvious to most anyone reading your posts.
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