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Friday was the 45th March for Life, a political march that started on the first anniversary of Roe v Wade.
This was my first march. It was my Women’s March. I marched for women.
I don’t like politics, so I resisted going. But as I was telling someone that I would miss the march because I had a commitment, I had a sinking feeling like I had to be there. So, I made arrangements to go.
Honestly, the intended audience for my sign was the other marchers. My message is for Christians.
I got a lot of looks, like I was making people think. Yay! That was exactly what I wanted.
One woman asked me if I bought my t-shirt at the march or had it made. I had it made! So I gave her my card, saying, “I’m trying to get people to understand that abortion is a Great Commission issue” (see my blog post “Abortion & the Great Commission”).
Attending the Evangelicals for Life Conference
On Thursday, I went to the Evangelicals for Life conference. That evening, I went to the March for Life worship event. On Friday, I went to the March for Life rally and then walked in the march.
What I really wanted to do was to listen. I wanted to listen to the conversation. I wanted to hear what people were saying. I wanted to hear whether I agree with what was said or whether speakers were harping on the message that the pro-choice movement hears–it’s all about the baby.
I was encouraged! At the Evangelicals for Life conference, I was most encouraged by Russell Moore’s presentation, which opened the conference. I didn’t know Russell Moore before the conference.
Honestly, I stayed away from the abortion conversation on purpose until a year ago when the Holy Spirit convicted me to speak loudly and raise my voice like a trumpet (Isaiah 58:1).
Russell Moore is the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. I loved his message. He gave me hope that more and more Christians would understand that the abortion issue is a Great Commission issue. We don’t want people to just stop aborting babies. We want them also to accept the love of Christ.
During the day, I worshipped and heard from Evangelicals. That evening, worship was led by Pentecostals. I am not Pentecostal, but honestly I love how they pray! Their prayers are so much more bold than what I hear in my Evangelical church.
Abby Johnson, a Baptist turned Catholic, spoke. She is a former Planned Parenthood clinic director. She started a ministry called And Then There Were None. Her mission is to speak truth about Planned Parenthood while simultaneously helping workers in the abortion industry get out and get into new jobs.
What a life-giving ministry!
You should follow Abby Johnson on all her social media outlets.
The March for Life, My Women’s March
On Friday, I had the privilege and God-arranged opportunity to ride into Washington, DC and march with employees and volunteers of Mosaic Virginia, a crisis pregnancy center.
These women are so committed to saving other women from the heartbreak of abortion. Not only that, but Mosaic has purposely begun counseling men in the last few years.
It’s not just about the women. Men, the fathers of the babies, are the most influential person in the abortion decision, according to Cindy Hopkins of CareNet.
These women of Mosaic are real. They are practical. They totally understand that abortion is as much about the women and men as it is about the baby.
God is grieved not just for the loss of babies, which are truly child sacrifices (), but for the women–and the men–who are lost for eternity until they seek the loving forgiveness of Christ. Healing is available to all who seek Him. This I know.
Caitlin was one of the women in the car. She is a singer who has a heart for the pro-life movement. What a lovely woman of God. Listen to her pro-life message given through music.
At the rally, I heard mostly messages that conveyed Christ’s love for women.
And, unfortunately, that message has not been conveyed in the news. The theme for the 2018 March for Life was #LoveSavesLives. Not just the love of babies, but the love of the women and men who created the babies.
Conceived through Rape
I saw people marching for children conceived through rape!
God doesn’t make mistakes. The last pain that I felt for my own abortion was all about God. I realized that I was mad at God for letting me get pregnant.
I mean really. We like to explain pregnancy through science. But as believers in Christ, we know that God is in control.
God decides which eggs get fertilized.
God decides which babies make it without miscarriage.
God decides which babies make it through physical and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
I was mad at God.
No, I wasn’t raped. But I was still mad at God for letting me get pregnant. I had to confess that sin. And once I did, I was able to write again, to move forward, to continue in the task that God had given me to speak loudly and not hold back (Isaiah 58:1).
March for Life Rally
I liked most of the message at the March for Life Rally. It was clear to me which speakers “got it” that abortion is not just about babies but also about men and women.
But there were still some who were solely focused on the baby. That made me sad.
But it also confirmed the reason the Lord wants me to speak loudly and not hold back (Isaiah 58:1).
God is not just grieved over the babies–and He is grieved over lost babies!
But God is also grieved over the women who are spiritually lost.
God is also grieved by the men not standing up to be the men God has called them to be.
The March for Life
The March for Life was about showing our legislators that pro-life legislation is still important. We have not given up on reversing Roe v Wade. The numbers of people marching are what was important. And the weather was in our favor.
I was not able to find good estimates on the numbers other than “fewer than 500,000.” Take a look for yourself:
Today, January 22nd, is the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade.
Although I am heartbroken that our country has given in to satan’s* lies, let us not be deceived into thinking that reversing Roe v Wade will end abortion. It won’t.
Abortion is illegal in countries all over the world, yet the abortion rate is still high in those countries.
Uganda’s Abortion Rate
In Uganda, where abortion is illegal, the abortion rate is thought to be as high as 70%. What will change that?
Changing the abortion rate requires a societal change away from pre-marital sex, adultery, and tribal traditions of having multiple wives to following what the Bible says about sex—that is, only having sex with the one person whom you marry.
The whole society has to change, and that change needs to begin within the church. For that very reason, I have been preaching sexual integrity in Uganda.
Now to do the same here in the United States. (New ministry beginning this year: MybodyMyworship, which you can find on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.)
The Effects of Reversing Roe v Wade
More Needs in the United States
When (not if) we reverse Roe v Wade, the need to care for women will rise.
We will have more women in crisis pregnancy centers.
We will have more women in emergency rooms because women will go to unsafe doctors or take homemade concoctions that not only kill the babies but hurt themselves.
We will have more children in the foster care system.
We will also have more children born with disabilities.
Are you ready for that reality?
What are you doing through your church to get ready?
Further, you will have even more women angry at Christians because, from their perspective, we are putting them into bondage.
We need to stand firm. We need to convince them that we are protecting them from satan’s* bondage of lies and darkness.
Influencing the Abortion Rate Worldwide
Reversing Roe v Wade will also reduce the abortion rate worldwide.
Why? Because with legalized abortion, we are telling the rest of the world that abortion is okay. Despite their own laws, they are following our example.
Whether we like it or not, we are watched by the world. Whether we agree or not, we are perceived to be a Christian country.
Because we are perceived to be a Christian country, we are telling the rest of the world that Christ approves of abortion at any point in the pregnancy.
By restricting pro-abortion laws and eventually reversing Roe v Wade, we are telling the world that Christ is against abortion.
Simultaneously Pro-Active in Politics and Pro-Active in Our Communities
I am Cheryl Krichbaum, a wife, a mom, a former web-based training project manager, a prayer warrior, and the founder of MyBodyMyWorship, which you can find on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I am an outspoken Christian, just telling it like it is. And I have a mission.
My mission is to change the conversation about abortion. Perhaps as a result, Christians will think and talk differently about abortion and then accomplish the Great Commission one hurting woman—and man—at a time.
I firmly believe that the pro-life movement is a Great Commission opportunity:
Rather than just pro-life, let’s be pro-eternal-life.
Naming my website with my name rather than a created name for my ministry provides me the opportunity to write about whatever the Lord places on my heart, even if that’s something other than abortion and purity. For the foreseeable future, though, my posts will address those issues.
Naming my website CherylKrichbaum.com may seem arrogant to you, but for me it’s recognition that “Cheryl Krichbaum” is my Christian name, a name taken in humbleness and gratitude to my Father above.
Cheryl Krichbaum is my married name, the name I took when I married Russ. Just five months before we got married, I chose to have a personal relationship with Christ. That is, I changed from being a Christian by birth to a Christian by choice. I changed from being a hearer of The Word to a doer of The Word. I changed from being a Christian by title to a disciple of Christ.
Russ is my second husband. When I was married the first time (before I became a Christian), I did not change my name. So, until I married Russ (after I became a Christian), I had always had my birth name.
When Russ and I got engaged, I did not want to change my name. I remember that we argued about it. Russ felt emasculated, but I was offended, too. For me, it wasn’t about Russ. It was about wanting to feel valued for me.
Somewhere in those four months that we were engaged, the Lord softened my heart and made me realize that Hewas giving me a new name. So Cheryl Krichbaum not only is my married name, not only the name that I chose, but the name that reflects both Russ’ love for me and God’s love for me.
Someday you’ll be able to read many more details in my memoir, which I am editing and preparing for publication right now.
I believe that we need to change the focus from babies who have no voice to women who are in charge of their own bodies. The pro-choice movement is all about the women, so we need to address their issues head on (know thy audience!). That’s what a true Aristotelian rhetorician would do. That’s what the Apostle Paul, a classical rhetorician, would do. That’s what we need to do, too.
We need to:
focus on saving eternal lives, not just mortal lives.
talk about abortion and sexual integrity more in church than in politics. Why? Because abortion is illegal in most countries throughout the world, yet the abortion rate in those countries is still very high. Yes, we need to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Yes, we need to reverse Roe v Wade. But we also need to understand that the law won’t change hearts. Only Christ can do that.
teach men, women, and children to be obedient to God’s rules about sex. Just think about how many fewer abortions would be “needed” if there were fewer crisis pregnancies.
repent over our own sexual sins and our own silence about abortion and sexual immorality.
help men and women heal from abortion so that they do not abort again and heal from sexual immorality so that they have sex only within marriage.