More than one individual on Twitter is troubled by the shuttering of churches along with all public venues and the labeling of abortion services in some states as “essential” medical care.
She makes a valid point that such a response to the pandemic is topsy-turvy, but do COVID-19 lockdowns mean our freedom of religion is in jeopardy and that we’re powerless against abortion?
Not in the least.
The church is people, not buildings, and even if we can’t meet for several weeks we’re still the Body of Christ. We still worship, pray, serve, and even fellowship at a distance. Does physical separation negate that membership? See Romans 8:38-39. What was it that Jesus said about His Church? “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
Christians are finding ways to fight abortion under the COVID-19 regime. Jennifer MacDonald of Spero Center in Port Huron, Michigan, describes her pregnancy care center’s mission as continuing, and even expanding, in the time of Coronavirus:
- Though our office hours are temporarily reduced (closed Fridays), we remain committed to answering calls, chats and texts from those seeking our services. And, through our partnership with OptionLine and Heartbeat International, we are connecting with clients 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- We continue to serve women in our community who feel abortion may be their best or only option. We know that a virus doesn’t stop women from finding out they are pregnant or change their complex situations and circumstances that cause them to feel that they are not able to walk through a pregnancy. Spero will continue to be there for them. We praise God that there is no evidence of virus transfer or harm to the pre-born baby.
- Spero is scheduling essential appointments—pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy.
- We’re connecting with clients needing material assistance, even delivering needed goods door-to-door.
- Our Earn While Your Learn mentoring initiative for new parents continues through Bright Course, an online application allowing us to stay connected with clients, serving them even more effectively during this time.
This center is representative of countless others that are finding increased opportunities for ministry with women and families. Some are even delivering food to clients' doorsteps. Centers like this need even more help from the Body of Christ. We can’t let them down!
Meanwhile, PCCs are holding virtual fundraising events, and collecting supplies for clients. Please participate as much as you can.
Contact your local center before dropping off supplies. Find out when and how they take deliveries, and which items they need most (diapers, baby wipes, disinfectant sprays, formula, grocery gift cards). Some items can be ordered online and sent directly to the centers. On the other hand, certain items that you may have contributed in the past may currently be difficult for centers to distribute, such as baby blankets or used clothing and furniture.
Now more than ever the Church must provide alternatives to abortion, in states where abortion is “essential, but especially where it is “non-essential.” When the last clinic closes, we must continue to let the light of our good deeds shine so as to glorify God in heaven (Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:12). The Church Universal, through all time, will witness whether we "run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).
Related: How can my church become even more pro-life than it already is?