I sat on the front row last Sunday as I usually do. My ears perked up and my body perched in my chair longing to hear what God would say to His people through the sermon. Wesley, the preacher and my husband, started his monologue. A dissertation of sorts for the next steps in the life of the church.
He discussed the importance of the church in being God’s body. Though comprised of many parts, it works seamlessly together to accomplish God’s mission here on the earth. Although each part has a function, it is most effective when the body coordinates together.
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” – 1 Cor. 12:25-26 The Message
This analogy of the whole body working together to accomplish purpose so much greater that the natural mind can conceive blows my mind. The purpose crosses races, lands, and borders. Yet in the midst of such solid preaching, my soul began to ache a bit and my mind started to wander. There was a marring.
Marred by snapshots that seem to replay constantly in my conscience. The snapshots that replayed were from snippets of videos I had watched earlier in the week with promises of payments and perks for the body parts of babies. Babies, they were called only for sake of their sale but to them who spoke of it, “this matter” held no purpose but only that of financial and scientific gain.In the very moment it was if the Spirit of God whispered to me,
“Kim, this is why life matters. This is why the church matters. Where there is no life, death is sure. These babies need to live. The church needs to live. From your conception, I was there like I was in the beginning of the first church in Acts. I breathe my life into you like I did when I birthed the church. I hold it altogether like I hold you all together. How dare they dismember the bodies I created in the very hiddenness of the womb for their own gain? How dare they destroy and dismember the body of believers across cities, suburbs, rural lands, caverns, and deserts for their selfish purposes? Both bodies testify to my grandeur and my goodness.”
The purpose of the body is to live and remain whole.
The choice to separate any “body” (church or physical ) for its parts is to separate it from its most optimal mission. The taking of life even in the stage of conception marks us as idolaters as we have declared ourselves god through our actions.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle
I believe that the enemy fears the potential impact of the body. Each organ and system functioning optimally in its God-given purposes furthers the advancement of God’s Kingdom. The impact is great and the effects – eternal. The enemy knows that if these babies die, the church dies. There is hope as Jesus shared with his disciple, Peter:
“My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.” – Matthew 16:18
Fighting for the church to live means that we fight for the right of these babies to live because these are the ones who are to make up the church in the end.There are God’s called out ones. What science sees as a fetus and a combination of cells, God has esteemed as a living breathing soul.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” – Jer. 1:5
We as a church must choose to open our hearts, our wallets, and our homes to care for the unborn. They came from God and they are for God’s glory.
“We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.” –Col.1:15-18
His breath…His life…His purpose…His Glory
Effective prayers are married with action. Care for the nameless and the powerless knowing that God knows their names and has called them to a life of power in Him.
Being pro-life is not an option but the truest call of every believer that has been made new by Jesus. Life abundantly is the very reason Christ came.