On November 8, Michigan voters approved Proposal 3 amending the Michigan Constitution to make abortion legal and accessible to all. Many are celebrating the decision as a victory in women’s health. Others are lamenting the decision as a societal stamp of approval for the murder of unborn children. This is a divisive and polarizing moment. Let’s consider how we can respond in a loving, God-honoring way in this moment in Michigan’s history.
It seems like everybody is deconstructing something. That is not a bad thing. Deconstruction precedes reconstruction, which, when done in healthy ways, leads to stronger foundations and more faithful structures. Pastor Scott offers guidance on how to do deconstruction that is still God-honoring and does not lead to deconversion.
We continue to monitor the threat of COVID-19 and its more transmissible variants. As always, we encourage all to follow the safety recommendations of the CDC, including hand washing and mask wearing indoors. Throughout the Ward Church campus, masks are encouraged, though not currently required.
You may not be surprised to hear that I have spent a fair share of time in various medical settings over the past fifteen months. Since my cancer diagnosis, surgery and now remission, Dr. Balaraman’s office has been one of my frequented stops. One thing I have learned along the way, through the passion of my oncologist, is the great need for organ donors in our state.
Last week we witnessed hatred and violence in its ugliest form: racism. We then witnessed a public and political debate about the “proper” response. At a time when you would expect all people to come together to condemn bigotry and to pray for peace, the lines of division only seem to deepen. These days are darker and more dangerous than a solar eclipse.