Episode 126

Roe v. Wade Decision, More Pregnancy Centers Vandalize & Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies

Jun 27, 2022

Pastors and church leaders are now looking to lead their churches in an age of standing for life on the other side of the Roe v. Wade decision. As of June 21, around 30 pregnancy support centers have been vandalized or suffered other damage with many of them threatened. Several of them spray painted with threatening messages such as, “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you.” And Justin and Lindsey Holcomb want to help parents talk to their children about how they view their self-image. In their new book, God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies, they offer tips for getting the conversation started with children and ways they can approach biblical principles in the conversation.

Transcript

Pastors and church leaders are now looking to lead their churches in an age of standing for life on the other side of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Churches across the country marked Friday’s historic decision with prayers of thanksgiving and rejoicing on Sunday.

Many took to Twitter over the weekend pointing believers to continue supporting their local pregnancy support centers.

Meanwhile, political leaders are urging the pro-life community to prepare for a possible violent reaction to the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security asked the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission to join a call Thursday warning them about an increased threat level based on the potential decision, according to Kentucky Today.

“Political violence of any kind is unacceptable, regardless of the context. That is not how we resolve our differences in this nation,” Leatherwood told Baptist Press in a written statement.

As of June 21, around 30 pregnancy support centers have been vandalized or suffered other damage with many of them threatened. Several of them spray painted with threatening messages such as, “If abortion isn’t safe, neither are you.”

A pregnancy support center in Longmont, Colorado was burned and vandalized over the weekend, according to Fox News.

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Justin and Lindsey Holcomb want to help parents talk to their children about how they view their self-image. In their new book, God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies, they offer tips for getting the conversation started with children and ways they can approach biblical principles in the conversation.

They offer the following tips to parents for parents helping their children see themselves through a biblical lens:

Encourage your children to do the things they love that are good. Spending time on worthwhile activities boosts confidence and builds healthy friendships.

With your children, make a list of new things they want to try, learn, or tackle. Learning how to use their bodies in new ways can give them a greater appreciation for its capabilities and remind them that God gave them their bodies to be used to do good things.

Set a positive example by not criticizing other people’s bodies. If children see their parents judging appearances, then they will be much more likely to do the same to others and themselves.

If you have insecurities about your appearance, don’t make offhand, critical comments about those perceived flaws around your children. Instead, intentionally talk with your children about how God has helped you learn to see your body more like the way he sees it, even though you still forget to see your body that way sometimes.

 

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