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Pregnant and homeless on the doorsteps of a Christian megachurch
lsn ^ | 10/6/2012 | Abby Johnson

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 Austin’s 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.

Heather’s 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, isn’t that fantastic. I’m sure the Gospel will help her find a hospital to deliver her baby in. I’m sure the Gospel will help her with food to nourish her body during the last few weeks of her pregnancy. I’m 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 aren’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 isn’t always pretty. And it’s 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 else’s 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? It’s not like the sanctity of human life isn’t all over Scripture. It isn’t as if God didn’t make it pretty clear that life is sacred. We aren’t 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 doesn’t 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.

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: abortion; austin; christians; church; megachurch; prolife
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To: Morgana

The only “ SINS “ that the works based, hellfire and brimstone, preach against “ SIN “ preachers don’t preach against is his or her own.

41 posted on 10/07/2012 12:13:54 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Morgana
"but to be honest I believe they just want a change from the small town inbreed incestuous church they left."

Or maybe they are just unregenerate self-absorbed worldly people who prefer an entertaining social club over worshiping the Lord.

42 posted on 10/07/2012 4:38:06 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: cuban leaf

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’?

43 posted on 10/07/2012 5:30:59 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GeronL
>>>“Non-denominational”+Megachurch= watered down Christianity afraid to offend the Godless.

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." 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 preaching the gospel the way the apostles did. OR...if you are in the 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 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?

44 posted on 10/07/2012 5:47:46 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Morgana
James 2:14-:

"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.

45 posted on 10/07/2012 5:49:48 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: tiki
We have a lot of small churches like that, we call them Hayes churches. They had 22 children and they started a church and then some disagreed and started their own church and it still goes on and on. There are probably 15 or 16 churches and most of them have about 15 members and most of them are related.

Try reading the chapter "Protestant" in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days...


46 posted on 10/07/2012 5:54:38 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: YukonGreen

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.

47 posted on 10/07/2012 6:35:08 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: NativeTxn

I’m still trying to figure out how a pregnant and homeless woman is that church’s fault.

48 posted on 10/07/2012 6:37:39 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Irenic
We work with the homeless by accident.A lady gave out our cards to them so I get to know them.Some want to remain that way and we help them with food and clothes.Others lost their jobs and landed on the street.Women can get placed right away.It's harder for the men.I can say it takes an interfaith coalition to help these people get housing-God bless them. But if everyone works together miracles happen.I have seen it .
49 posted on 10/07/2012 6:48:44 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: muawiyah

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

50 posted on 10/07/2012 8:31:21 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Albion, that is a great ‘sentimentality’ quote. Perfect.

51 posted on 10/07/2012 10:36:35 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Morgana
Why didn't she grouse at the guy for not pulling over at the time he saw her first to help her? Why didn't Heather first go to the church to ask if they were aware of her instead of waiting to see the woman first? I suspect that there are many unanswered questions or questions left not asked. It's easy to blast the church for inaction. Maybe they did ignore the lady but maybe they didn't. To whom did she speak at the church? Someone in authority or a regular member or a secretary? She doesn't sound any different than anyone else who thinks it's somebody else's responsibility to care for the weak.
52 posted on 10/07/2012 11:08:38 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: circlecity; ansel12; GeronL

“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.

53 posted on 10/07/2012 1:15:24 PM PDT by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: American Constitutionalist
We have a meth addict in our extended family.

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.

54 posted on 10/07/2012 1:23:15 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Morgana


I agree with you that these places do exist

55 posted on 10/07/2012 1:40:36 PM PDT by GeronL (
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To: American Constitutionalist

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.

56 posted on 10/07/2012 1:47:05 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Morgana

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?

57 posted on 10/07/2012 2:09:01 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: American Constitutionalist

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.

58 posted on 10/07/2012 2:10:07 PM PDT by PrepareToLeave (Arrows of the Almighty @
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To: ansel12
I have the unfortunate pleasure /sarc of meeting with these people on an almost daily basis. No I don't attend church there, is why I was condemned to hell by them. I mean this too. I was told that since I did not go to THEIR church I was going to hell. I could go on but I'd bore you with the details. Most churches I deal with are nice Christian people don't get me wrong. It is this these few apples that spoil the whole bunch. You know I don't recall in the Bible that it says I have to attend a certain church to go to heaven. I know the Bible says something about if two or more are gathered here in my name I will be present. In many of the Christians churches I have seen, (that are not my church) I have witnesses that these were true believers calling upon the Lord, so therefor I know Jesus was there. So how is it these little rinky ding, hick town, backwards baptist can say "we are the only ones going to heaven". Maybe I should be more forgiving of the "retarded" but it was just the way they said it to me that was down right mean and in no way Christian. It was like they did not care if I went to hell and wanted me to go there.
59 posted on 10/07/2012 2:40:05 PM PDT by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Morgana
" No I don't attend church there, is why I was condemned to hell by them. " "So how is it these little rinky ding, hick town, backwards baptist can say "we are the only ones going to heaven". Maybe I should be more forgiving of the "retarded" but it was just the way they said it to me that was down right mean and in no way Christian. "

Well, the problem seems obvious to most anyone reading your posts.

60 posted on 10/07/2012 4:37:36 PM PDT by ansel12
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