I’ve been pondering this question for the past couple weeks. What would the Lord have us do as His church during this COVID-19 pandemic? I’m not now primarily talking about the church as an institution, but about you and me, the church as a body of believers.
I appreciated Governor Burgum’s recognition of the role of the faith community last week. He acknowledged that we are a vital part of providing hope and support to North Dakotans during this difficult time. However, it’s very likely that things are going to get worse in our state before getting better, so what is our response?
Here are some of the responsibilities I believe the church has when it comes to this pandemic.
- Admit the pandemic exists. Some people have held that COVID-19 is not as bad as the annual flu, that it can opportunistically be used by those in power to exert more control over citizens and curtail liberties, or that it is likely being overstated by the media. While these might be true to a greater or lesser extent, I’m simply asking that the church admit COVID-19 exists, that it represents a documented health risk, and that it is very virulent.
- Protect the body of Christ. This flows logically from the first point, above. This means, at a minimum, acting responsibly. Being responsible for most congregations has meant holding services online, which is a good first start. On the flip side, an irresponsible reaction is saying that we Christians are somehow immune from COVID-19 if we have enough faith, as some churches have said. Do you wait for God to heal your nearsightedness, or do you go get glasses?
- Protect and help those outside the church. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. Now is the perfect time to do this. If a hurting world sees Christians leading the way with compassion and Christ’s love, we will make an indelible mark for years to come. If you can, please help our health care providers in particular, as they are on the front lines of this war. Also, government leaders shoulder a huge amount of responsibility, and many others have become unemployed because of this crisis. Let’s not forget them.
- The power of prayer is incredible and something I firmly believe we as Christians greatly undervalue. Pray for 1) those suffering from the sickness; 2) protection of those still not infected; and 3) those engaged in this battle against the coronavirus. If all North Dakotans were to pray each day for these three things, I can guarantee you that we would all see amazing things happen. This prayer will literally take less than a minute to pray each day.
As the church, we represent the bride of Christ and are His hands and feet in a hurting world. Let’s take that mantle seriously and show the world, and particularly our state, that Christians are different. We don’t just attend services on Sunday and try to deal honestly with our neighbors and business associates. As C.S. Lewis put it, “We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.”
When the world seems to be crumbling around us, let’s point to the stable rock on whom our faith rests – our Savior. People see the Savior through us, so let’s make sure that happens during this crisis!
President and Executive Director
Church Leaders: If you are looking for resources on how to minister during this time of pandemic, one of our allied policy organizations has created an excellent website with resources just for you. www.COVIDChurchAid.org
Governor Burgum signed House Bill 1546, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, a few weeks ago. This new law will make it illegal to perform a dismemberment abortion on a living preborn child. Dismemberment of any living human is barbaric and inhumane, and Governor Burgum has stood to protect our preborn children who can’t speak for themselves. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® was proud to help support this critical legislation sponsored by Representative Luke Simons from District 36.
A ceremonial signing for HB 1546 was held today and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota was invited to participate (see above photo). Primary sponsor Rep. Simons, other co-sponsoring legislators, and allied organizations who helped make this possible were also invited and are pictured above.
Governor Burgum heard from many constituents and organizations, expressing strong viewpoints on this bill. This included many of you voicing your support, and we thank you for your involvement in making this proposed legislation a reality.
Governor Burgum has stood alongside North Dakotans and held fast to his pro-life stance on this critical piece of legislation. Please thank him for signing this bill into North Dakota law. You can reach his office at (701) 328-2200 or by email through his website.
We are truly blessed to have a Governor who supports life for all citizens of our state, including preborn children. Let’s make sure he knows it!
President and Executive Director
This week my email is brief. I want to say thank you to Governor Burgum.
Governor Burgum has certainly done things in the past that uphold and support the pro-life and pro-family values you cherish, but this session in particular he signed House Bill 1336. As you are familiar by now, this bill strengthened North Dakota’s abortion informed consent laws so that women have access to information that a chemical abortion may be reversible if they change their mind. Governor Burgum signed the bill and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota was proud to help support this critical legislation sponsored by Representative Dan Johnston from District 24.
A ceremonial signing for HB 1336 was held today and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota was invited to participate (see above photo). Primary Sponsor Rep. Johnston, other co-sponsoring legislators, and allied organizations who helped make this possible are also pictured. If you have a chance, please also thank them for their involvement.
In addition to HB 1336, we want to thank Governor Burgum for his recent proclamation for prayer on behalf of those affected by flooding in our state. His willingness to issue this proclamation again underscores his compassion and love for North Dakotans, especially in times of crisis.
Please join us in thanking Governor Burgum for these two excellent actions. You can reach his office at (701) 328-2200 or by sending him a message to him through his webpage. While you are thanking him, please also ask for his support on House Bill 1546, the ban on dismemberment abortions. The bill will likely reach his desk next week for his signature. Thank you and have a blessed week.
President and Executive Director
We have only one step left before House Bill 1336 becomes law – Governor Burgum must sign HB 1336!
Pro-life activists need to speak up now — please call Governor Burgum’s office today (701-328-2200) and ask him to sign HB 1336.
Pro-abortion activists are trying to pressure the governor into vetoing this legislation. We need to make sure pro-life voices are also heard.
All you have to do is politely leave a message requesting that Governor Burgum sign HB 1336 into law — that’s it!
Remember, House Bill 1336 requires that a woman considering a chemical abortion be given information about how she can save her baby’s life if she changes her mind part-way into the process. Almost 70 percent of women who have changed their minds and sought immediate medical attention for an abortion-pill reversal were able to successfully deliver a healthy baby from this proven medical procedure!
Take action today by calling Governor Burgum at 701-328-2200 because women have the right to know!