Come and pray
David Vogan is one of the most dedicated church members I know. Every Sunday, 15 minutes before the prelude begins, he climbs up into our soaring, Gothic tower with one goal: to set our 2,020-pound church bell into full swing. Then, for ten whole minutes, the Old South bell calls all of Boston to pray.
When I found out that the Indiana House passed a bill blocking all governmental funding for Planned Parenthood--an organization that spends just 3 percent of its budget on abortion-related costs, and 0 percent of its government funds--the only thing I wanted to do was to go up into that tower and start ringing the bell. That's the point of having it, isn't it? To sound the alarm, to call our neighbors from near and far to come and pray?
We need to pray for women who rely on Planned Parenthood for their cancer screening, vaccinations, STD testing and menopause treatment. We need to pray for the 15-year-old-girl who is thinking about having sex with her boyfriend and finds herself unable to talk to her parents about it. We need to pray for the nurse practitioner who is caring for this tender young woman and helping her to make smart, informed decisions about her relationship, her body and her future.
We need committed Christians everywhere to reach out to one another--and to non-Christians--to model compassionate, respectful disagreement over abortion. We have to find ways to avoid the polarized political and theological discourse that holds us back, that holds us hostage. We need to pray for wisdom.
We need to pray without ceasing, not just on Sunday mornings. And we need to sound the alarm.