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Fellowship in the Woodlands

anonymous4026 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 9:50 AM
Mike, your article touches upon an issue with our Little Rock Protestant and mega-churches that we've been dealing with for the last few years. The Little Rock Diocese supports 40 Days for Life, where we gather prayerfully outside our only abortion clinic for 2 40-day periods each year. We've invited our fellow Christians to join us and there are a few people from a couple of churches who participate. Overwhelmingly, however, we're told by pastors that they don't want to encourage participation because it may offend some of their attendees. In other words, "If I speak out against abortion, I might lose attendance and thus income for my church."
Navy-baby Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 12:23 PM
Our diocese used to encourage participation in the Respect Life Sunday life-chains where we stood along major highways with signs encouraging Choose Life, and discouraging abortion. In the past decade or so, homilies on Respect Life Sunday rarely mention abortion. So sad that the Church has become so cowardly and silent that it will not even dare to speak for the most helpless, voiceless, and innocent among us. So sad that it is necessary to have a group called Priests For Life--shouldn't ALL priests be FOR LIFE?

Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it. I was reminded of this during my annual holiday trip home to The Woodlands, Texas.

I've attended Christmas Eve services four out of the last six years at the Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands), which is a Southern Baptist mega church that keeps its Baptist affiliation well hidden from the general...