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Today a massive crowd showed up on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to voice its support for those who have no voice. Attendance numbers for the March for Life can be difficult to nail down, but observers and organizers place it as high as 100,000-300,000.
It began with a youth rally Thursday evening and numerous other events, culminating with today’s march and the first in-person address by a president of the United States. Those signs point to a desire from people to speak on behalf of the unborn and the certainty the march will continue well beyond its current 47-year existence.
The attendance of President Donald Trump grabbed the headlines – and rightfully so. However, in any such movement it’s important to remember those who keep the momentum going. I’m referring in particular to pregnancy care facilities and similar organizations like the Atlanta Morning Center. These groups provide the ultrasounds, the counseling, the pre-natal care to which many women would otherwise have no access.
Overlooked in the pro-life cause by its critics, though, are what is offered after a child is born. Formula, diapers, car seats, and tiny clothes are part of that, sure. But there is also the mentoring for young parents and counseling for couples. Postpartum care and educational classes on areas such as nutrition help families get started in the right direction.
Included in those services are various discipleship opportunities, Bible studies, and, of course, the chance to be prayed over. This is the motivational backbone for these groups, and oddly enough (well, not really) is the area that seems to come under fire the most from naysayers.
A nonbelieving friend once asked me why talking about Jesus was so necessary in doing good things for people. “Why can’t you just do the good things?” he asked, somewhat exasperated with me.
I explained how doing the “good things” without the message behind it is incomplete. It’s only half the ballgame, a cross-country trip that ends in Topeka, the “Rocky” series finishing on that one with Tommy Gunn. The good works get you … somewhere. But without the Gospel message behind them you’re missing out on so much more.
A pastor friend of mine and I were talking this week about Mission Georgia and the potential it has to change our state. We both agreed how there are a lot of churches ready to get in the game more than they ever have.
Those churches want to see where help is needed. The Gospel message and motivation is already there. Like those in Washington today, they’re ready to march.
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.