What the Pandemic Can Teach Us about Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

How did you feel when we first received “shelter in place” orders? Fearful of getting sick? Afraid you would lose your job?

Fear

Welcome to the world of fear. Very real fear.

Fear in the Pandemic

  • Who will be able to help you if you were to get sick?
  • How will you get critical supplies, like toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels?
  • What happens if your car breaks down, and you aren’t able to get to the store?
  • If you lose your job, how are you going to pay for your home? for whatever groceries you can find?
  • Are you separated from those you love? parents? grandparents? children?
  • Or are you in an abusive relationship and now stuck at home with this person?
  • Who are your true friends and relatives who will see you through this challenging time?

Fear in Crisis Pregnancy

Welcome to the world of crisis pregnancy. A world full of very real fear.

All that fear and anxiety you and others have had about the pandemic are very much like what women feel when they are facing single parenthood or having a child with special needs.

  • Who will be willing to help them?
  • Will they have the money needed to buy diapers, food, and clothes?
  • Will they be able to work with morning sickness or extra weight on their feet?
  • Will they lose their job or their promotion?
  • Are they in an abusive relationship and now feel even more stuck with this guy?
  • Who are their true friends and relatives who will see them through this challenging time?

Fear of Separation

Some of you may say, “she should put her child up for adoption,” but women intuitively know how hard it will be to separate from their babies. Many mistakenly think it’ll be emotionally easier to abort than to put their babies up for adoption.

Fear of Being Alone

And, frankly, more than anything, they don’t want to feel alone. They feel isolated, cut off from society. They feel like others shy away from them like they are contagious.

Your focus is on the baby rather than on them, and they know it.

Profiteering

Profiteering in the Pandemic

Two Tennessee brothers, foreseeing the demand for hand sanitizer, drove across Tennessee and Kentucky buying up all the hand sanitizer they could find. Why? So that they could resell it at higher prices because of the COVID19-created high demand.

Until ebay and Amazon refused to partner with them and the Attorney General shut them down, they intended to profiteer from people’s fears.

Profiteering in Crisis Pregnancy

Planned Parenthood, in 1969, had no plans to get into the abortion business. NARAL invited them to partner in campaigning for the legalization of abortion, but Planned Parenthood said no. Then in 1970, New York legalized abortion and women flooded into New York because the free-love movement resulted in crisis pregnancies and because women did not have equal rights to work or the right to demand child support. (See History of Abortion on my website.)

Planned Parenthood saw the money and partnered with NARAL and then got into the abortion business. Planned Parenthood profiteers from people’s fears.

Which companies partner with them? So, so many. And, of course, the government doesn’t shut them down, but at least the federal government—which is in debt—is reducing its financial support of this non-profit that plans to spend $45 million to back pro-Roe candidates in the 2020 elections.

Social Distancing

But would abortion really even be an issue if people were social distancing?

You can’t kiss with a mask on.

Agape Love vs Fear

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18a NASB)

Agape love casts out fear.

Agape love is different than making love. Making love is eros love—you know, the Greek word that is the basis of our word erotica.

But agape love is different than eros love. Agape love is the desire to do good to others.

God is agape love. (1 John 4:8, 16)

Love Is Patient. Love Is Kind.

  • God is patient.
  • God is kind.
  • God does not envy.
  • God does not brag.
  • God is not arrogant.
  • God does not behave rudely.
  • God is not self-seeking.
  • God is not easily angered.
  • God keeps no record of wrongs.
  • God does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
  • God bears all things.
  • God trusts.
  • God always hopes.
  • God always perseveres.
  • God never fails.

Let’s be like God.

I Am Patient. I am Kind.

Lord,

You are love. Thank You for loving me through all things and all circumstances. Fill my heart with Your love, which casts out all fear. Give me peace in the pandemic.

Make me the hands and feet of Your love here on earth—on earth as it is in heaven.

Lord, introduce me to the crisis pregnancy center near my home and near my work so that I know where to find help for women and men in crisis.

Introduce me to organizations like Embrace Grace, which provides support to women through local churches so that they are not alone.

Show me how you want me to use my time, talent, or treasure to support women and men in crisis.

Make me brave enough to share on social media my willingness to listen, mentor, and support women and men in crisis.

Fill women and men in crisis with Your love, which casts out all fear. Give them peace in their pregnancies. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray Now—No Joke!

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Let us all pray—right now—that love casts out fear throughout the world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love (1 John 4:18 NASB).

Here is a sample prayer:

prayer

In Christ,

Cheryl

 

Peace in the Pandemic, part 6: What’s Inside of You?

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

When life tests squeeze us, something comes out of us. With the pandemic, we’re all feeling squeezed. What’s coming out of  you?

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray that Love Casts Out Fear

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Wednesday at 12 noon in whatever time zone you’re in, pray that God’s perfect love casts out fear throughout the world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

Put it on your calendar right now!
Wednesday, 12 noon

Here’s a sample prayer:

Lord, maker of heaven and earth, open our hearts to trusting Your love, which casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Christ was sent by You for the whole world (John 3:16). Remind the whole world throughout every day to social distance out of love, not out of fear. Show us how to reduce our fear in practical ways, starting with me. Lord, thank You for giving us peace because we worship the Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Peace in the Pandemic, part 5: Getting More Fruit of the Spirit

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

We’ve all learned that asking God for patience results in a test of our patience!

We’re already feeling tested enough with the pandemic! So, how do we ask God for patience without getting a test?

Listen in on my secret to having peace that passes understanding.

Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13 NASB)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB)

Or should it be punctuated like this?

The fruit of the Spirit is love: Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Peace in the Pandemic, part 4: Restoring Your Own Righteousness

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Having coffee with God can be uncomfortable because He is holy and righteous. That can feel intimidating. But God agape loves you. He made you. He wants to have a relationship with you—whether coffee is involved or not. So, how do you get rid of that uncomfortable feeling?

In Christ,

Cheryl

Peace in the Pandemic, part 3: Worship-Based Prayer

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

You can have peace in the pandemic! Here’s how…

 

What time is coffee?

In Christ,

Cheryl

Peace in the Pandemic, part 2: Choosing

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Do you have peace in your heart despite the pandemic? Here are more ways that you can feel at peace despite the chaos all around you.

For more on my life tests, check out ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Peace in the Pandemic, part 1: Worship Music

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

I pray you have peace that passes understanding during this pandemic. Below is the first in my video series on how to feel at peace when the world is not peaceful.

Here’s my playlist:

What are your favorites for focusing on God? Post them in the comments below. I just ask that if you provide links, you provide links to official YouTube channels so that the artists get the credit they’re due.

In Christ,

Cheryl

4 pm EDT Peace that Passes Understanding

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

I’m praying for you as you find your new normal.

It’s easy to say that we shouldn’t worry. We know the Bible tells us not to worry. But how do we actually make those anxious feelings go away?

At 4 pm Eastern Time today, I’ll be on Facebook Live on the MybodyMyworship page to answer that question. I’ll be there daily.

If you are on Facebook, join me live. If not, standby until I download those videos and post them where you can find them on your own schedule.

In Christ,