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  • Feb 25 / 2012
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If I’d Aborted Grace

I never looked forward to getting pregnant. And when I did, I had a hard time initially connecting with the peanut-sized person growing in my tummy. For those first few months of my pregnancy, I didn’t even feel pregnant so I had to wholly rely on the honesty of those two pink lines that promised to change my entire life in 9 months and counting. If I was being honest, the very idea of carrying around a developing human being inside me always sounded a bit more sci-fi than sacred, so that didn’t help me much to cherish the whole process (Why did I watch the movie Alien when I fourteen?).

 

I still remember the moment my husband and I found out I was pregnant. Within seconds my mind jumped from, “A baby?!! How amazing! I can’t believe this!” to “Oh my gosh, I’m going to have to deliver this baby. I can’t handle that.” to “Am I going to have to quit my job? Can we afford this? We are totally not ready to parent a child. Will we even like being parents?” I was happy, excited, terrified, a little panicked and totally overwhelmed. And as reality began to set in, those pink lines often reminded me more of what I was giving up than what I would gain.

 

At the time, my husband had just quit his job so that he could focus on completing his Master’s degree at seminary. That made us completely dependent on my job working as a Business Development Manager for a nearby consulting firm. I had been blessed with this job the year before and was experiencing unexpected success and advancement in my position. My career path was very bright with my boss even promising the potential of six figures within the year. Of course, I immediately realized that having a baby just might put a detour in my career’s fast track to greater success.

 

Not only was our financial stability at stake, I also had to worry about my marriage. You always hear that having kids is the hardest thing on a marriage and honestly, I didn’t want anything to jeopardize Noah and I’s healthy relationship. We were already so happy. Would we still be so happy living with little sleep, changing lots of diapers, and listening to constant baby cries? And then there’s the crying! I love peaceful solitude. My favorite time every week was the Saturday mornings I spent sitting in a coffee shop sipping a mocha and savoring a favorite book. Would I have to give up all of my personal time for the next 18 years? In many ways those pink lines seemed to symbolize the grand finish line of my happy life. In 9 months, I’d have crossed over into motherhood never to return again.

 

Although I would never have actually considered aborting our baby, I can sympathize with pregnant mothers who neither feel any emotional bond to their baby fetus nor want that growing person to ruin everything they’ve got going on in their lives. The unknown is scary and change is hard so having months and months to anticipate the drastic unknown changes of child rearing can easily make anyone want to escape or somehow go back to the way things were.

 

Well, now I’m on the other side. I have a baby and her name is Grace. She did drastically change my life in more ways than I could have ever planned for. I’m not working full-time toward a lucrative career any longer. I don’t casually indulge in weekly coffee shop visits or spend quiet evenings doing whatever activity I please. I do change almost 50 diapers a week and feed my baby 6 times a day. I guess I expected these things. But let me tell you what I didn’t expect. I did not expect all of the inexpressible joy that Grace would bring to me.

 

Having our baby has brought me more fulfillment than I have ever experienced in a paycheck, a sales win, or a job promotion. Instead of feeling held back, I feel as if I’ve been given the new ability to live in a constant state of overwhelming love (which I never even knew existed before!). Every morning, Gracie gives me a big gummy grin when she sees me walk into her room. After her first feeding, she always wants to cuddle with Mama and then quickly go back to sleep in my arms. Throughout the day, I always look forward to her silly stories that she shares in her bubbly squeals. And I don’t even mind her crying because that also means I get to comfort her. That’s when she always nuzzles her head under my chin and buries herself in my embrace until she feels safe again.

 

Nowadays, Gracie is growing up quickly and giving me new gifts every day. As she matures, I eagerly enjoy each new ability and treasure her progress. Who knew that my child rolling onto her stomach would make me as proud as if I’d won a big proposal? Or that I’d enjoy singing the itsy bitsy spider more than sipping coffee at Starbucks? The point is, if I’d aborted Grace, all of her gifts to me would have been aborted with her. What I thought would be a burden in my life has turned out to be my greatest blessing. I am so thankful that my husband and I chose to believe the Bible’s promise that “children are a gift from God” (Psalm 127:3) even when we hadn’t experienced it yet for ourselves.

 

If you are ever in my shoes facing an inconvenient pregnancy, I pray you take the time to consider both sides of your future. Don’t let our culture pressure you into seeing your baby as only a burden. I promise you, God gave that child the gift of life and entrusted him or her to you as a blessing, not a curse. If you trust in God’s plans for you and your family, He will strengthen you for the task and reward you for your obedience. His plans for you and your baby are good plans, the best plans (Jeremiah 29:11) – and if you abort your child you abort the blessings He had in store for you too.

 

If I’d aborted Grace, I may have more time to myself or more money in the bank, but I promise you I’d be missing out. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.

  • Jan 16 / 2012
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Sancity of Life: Rescue the Perishing

Our pastor, Ryan Fullerton, of Immanuel Baptist Church preached an encouraging sermon yesterday for Sanctity of Life Sunday.

You can access the sermon here: here

The sermon is drawn from Proverbs 24:10-12. I encourage all believers and non-believers alike to listen to this sermon and consider these weighty things:

10 If you faint in the day of adversity,

your strength is small.

11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;

hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,

and will he not repay man according to his work?

 

  • Dec 21 / 2011
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I am a Woman and I Gladly Bow to a Man

It is a great time to be a woman here in America.  We can get as good of an education as a man.  We can enter the work place unchallenged.  We can vote.  If abused, we can press charges.  We can enter politics.  We can be heard.

And yet do these freedoms exalt us to a position of deity?  Do we now have a blank check to do whatever we want?  If society gives us such freedom, then we must be the measure of truth…right?

Perhaps I could accept this line if thinking if it were not for the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Yes, I am a woman, but I gladly bow my knee the man Jesus Christ.  Trusting in Jesus is far superior to trusting in “women” due to the following reasons:

1.  The Matter of Truth.  Jesus actually called himself “The Truth” (John 14:6) and I know myself far too well to think that I should not go around calling myself, “Stacey, the Truth.”  I cannot spell without word processing, I get the flu, and I lose my keys.  Therefore it follows that when I think I am right about something and it contradicts what Jesus says, I have two options, I can either default to the fact that he is The Truth or I can live pretending that I am.  When Jesus says that murder, sexual immorality, and slander defile a person (Matt 15:19-20), even if that rubs me the wrong way, I must bow the knee to him because I trust that he is The Truth and I am not.

This principle applies to abortion.  When a woman experiences an unwanted pregnancy, she has to choose whether to bow the knee to Jesus and love her unborn neighbor or listen to the voice of feminism which tells her that she is the measure of truth and her choices are right, even when Jesus says they are wrong.   Every time a woman aborts she is trusting in her own mind and feelings and is not trusting in Jesus who is always right.  Clearly, allegiance to Jesus and allegiance to “women” simply cannot coexist.

2. The Matter of Making Good Choices.   I read on the internet a pro-choice slogan, “If you can’t trust me to make a choice, how can you trust me with a child?” The pinnacle of autonomy is the right to do whatever I want, whenever I want.  Therefore, according to this line of reason, America needs to back off of my body when it comes to the matter of abortion.  After all, if I cannot make a good decision about whether or not to abort, then I would not make a good mom anyway.

And then Jesus comes into the picture.  And, according to Jesus, we are all sinners and we cannot be “trusted” to make good choices.  When left to ourselves, we end up hating the God who gives us breath, worshipping trees and killing our children.  And that is why God mercifully gives us his Law.  He mercifully tells us how not to screw up our lives and how not to kill one another off.  And, when he looks down and sees that we are  all doing what we want anyway, that is when he comes down to earth and dies on a cross for all the abortions, apathy towards him, and thanklessness.

Jesus made the choice to die in order to give us life.  He made the choice to give up his body so that my body can be resurrected and live forever.  In contrast, many women today are making the choice to kill their unborn children so that they might maintain their lives as they know it.  They refuse to give up their bodies so that their children might live.  Clearly, Jesus is far superior and this is why I bow the knee to him and not to  “women.”

3.  The Matter of Exaltation.  “I deserve to protect my rights!” “My body, my choice.”  These are common comments we hear on the sidewalks and, apart from Christ, these thoughts are deep within the hearts of all of us.  “I want to make a name for myself, I don’t want anyone telling me what to do!”  This is the life-blood of the pro-choice movement.

And again, we contrast this attitude with that of Jesus.  Although he was in Heaven, free from pain, accusations, and hunger, he let go of it all.  He made himself nothing, he became a servant, washing the feet of even the one who betrayed him.   He left perfect comfort and became nothing out of love for his enemies.  He did not protect his rights.  He did not call down angels to get him off the cross.  He did not come down to earth kicking and screaming.  He did not resent his Father for telling him what to do.  No, he was quiet.  Submissive. He died for sinners in joyful obedience to his Father.

And this love is why I choose to bow the knee to him instead of joining my fellow women in pursuit of our own glory and our own rights.  I choose to be protected and loved by the one who knows how to love me better than I know how to love and protect myself. He is more worthy of trust than I am. He is better to me than I am to me.

So to those who model the “Trust Women” or “In Goddess we Trust” stickers, God is not surprised by you. People have been worshipping false gods since the beginning oftime.  This is nothing new, nothing scandalous, just the same old “idols” that the Lord has always forbidden.  And yet, invites you to renounce this goddess worship and come to him.  He is greater than women.  You will always be disappointed if you worship anything but him, because he is far superior.   In the midst of this goddess worshipping culture, Jesus says to you…

“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22   

 

PS Before any pro-choicers start yelling, I want to remind you that I am a woman…trust me.   😉

  • Nov 16 / 2011
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Some Questions for Abortion Clinic Workers

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 14:12

Abortion is in the air we breathe.  You probably comfort yourselves with this fact when you lay your head on your pillow at night.  You start to feel convicted but then you push that down, recalling to mind the “I love abortion” bumper sticker you saw the other day.

You remember “protesters” standing in the parking lot when you drove in to work calling you to “repent.” 

What’s there to repent of?  Even my pastor at church thinks abortion is permissible in the case of rape and incest.  Who do these people think they are trying to speak for God?

You hear of abortion doctors “switching sides” because they cannot deny the fact that the ultrasound shows a beating heart and brain waves.

Well, what’s true for them is true for them and what’s true for me is what’s true for me.  And I know that for now the laws of America are on my side—that what I eliminate every day is just a fetus—and nothing more!

You see the “fanatics” holding signs with Bible verses on them in front of the abortion clinic and they anger you.  Instead of grappling with the truth of the verses you read, you vent to your co-workers:

Jesus said “Do not judge, lest you be judged!” I guess these Christians have never come across that verse before!

Maybe you have been in a car accident before or received a concerning prognosis from your doctor and these brushes with death remind you that your day is coming.  Deep in your heart you know that you will one day stand before the God who made you and give account for everything you have done.  Every abortion you have performed.  Every cross word you have said to the “protestors.” Every time you said “everything will be OK” to the nervous 14-year-old about to have the procedure, all the while remembering those women who came back to your clinic angry because everything was not OK.  Every time you saw the ultrasound and would not let the facts convince you.  Every time you to lied to people at a party, telling them that you were an OB. 

Well, even if I do have to stand before God one day, if he (or she) is such a loving God then he would never send me to Hell.  I would not send anyone to Hell forever, so certainly God would not either. If he would, then I want nothing to do with him anyway.

I do not doubt for a second that what you are doing seems right to you.  I do not doubt for a second that you have not had some of the above conversations in your head, but what if you are wrong?  What if our entire nation is wrong?  What if God is not only loving but is also holy and there is a real literal Hell that you will burn in forever if you do not acknowledge your sin to God and others before you die?  What if you miss your chance to be forgiven for all the abortions you have performed?  What if God is extending an invitation to come to him, to believe that Jesus is enough to cleanse you from all the abortions you performed each and every day—but what if this invitation expires at your death?  What if when you die, you will face God as judge and not have the opportunity to accept him as Savior?

Is this not at least worth looking into?  Is it not worth your time to at least come visit our church (1121 S Clay, 40203) or to contact us to hear more?  You do not have to fear us.  We hate murder, and thus we hate abortion (not to mention what men like Scott Roeder have done).  But we do not hate you.  We write this because we do NOT want death and judgment for you, but instead we want you receive the same forgiveness we ourselves have received.  Let us tell you of the hope that we have in Jesus.

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“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

 – Proverbs 28:13

  • Aug 01 / 2011
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Abhorring Evil Because We Love

Sometimes I shy away from telling people what I do on Saturday mornings (i.e. sidewalk counsel) but it is not because I am ashamed.  Instead it is because of all the misconceptions that flood into people’s minds when they hear things like “protest abortion,” “sidewalk counsel,” or “approach women coming in for abortions.”  Many think that what drives me is raw political zeal, religious fanaticism, or arrogance as I try to “shove my opinions down people’s throats.”

And this may be a very accurate description of some people who claim the title “pro-lifer.”  To some, on both sides of the issue, it is a game.  It’s about trying to see the opposing side defeated, ashamed, humiliated, and frustrated.   If a girl turns away from abortion, one point for us and if she continues on through those abortion clinic doors, one point for them.

But I am not at my core is not “a pro-lifer” caught up in such games.  I am a Christian who serves a compassionate God.   He is a God who is never indifferent towards oppression and injustice.  Further he is a God who actually came down to earth and held out his hands to sinners and said “come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest”(Matt 11:28).  He is the God who says to mothers on their way to kill their children:

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” – Isaiah 55:7

I am a “pro-lifer” not because I want to push a political agenda but because I love God.   And I love to see his image in humans.  Because I love God, I abhor the fact that image-bearers of God are being systematically slaughtered in my town.  Because I myself have been confronted by God and called to repent of my sin, I want everyone (women coming in for abortions, boyfriends pressuring their girlfriends to abort, abortion clinic escorts, and even the “heathen” in Africa) to turn from their sin.  Why?  Because when they repent there is only compassion and forgiveness waiting for them.  Compassion and forgiveness that I have received!

It is true—I hate abortion.  In fact, I am ashamed to call myself an American where the laws protect a woman’s “right” to kill her child.  But the reason I detest these things is: God made me the recipient of his compassion.  I now know true love because I know God.  It is love that motivates me to drag myself out of bed at 5:30am on Saturday mornings!  This is my call to all Christians today:

 “O you who love the LORD, hate evil!” Psalm 97:10

Love is not the absence of hate, it is hating the right things.  Hate what is evil!  Hate oppression, hate injustice, hate anything that is opposed to God.  Hate them for the sake of love.  For the sake of compassion.

  • Jul 21 / 2011
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Salon.com letter expresses regret over abortion

An article that is circulating the blogosphere recently is a letter that a self-proclaimed “liberal and as pro-choice as you can be!” woman writes to Salon.com ( a pro-abortion news outlet)  expressing regret,  pain, and asking for help over her recent abortion. The entire heart-breaking letter can be read here. Below is a short excerpt.

I am only 25 (24 at the time of the abortion), but I am now convinced I missed my only chance to have a biological child. Is that crazy? I haven’t dated, least of all had sex with anyone, since that day. It feels like a part of me died that day and will never return.

I am no longer upset about the end of our relationship (good riddance!) but I am truly disturbed by the entire experience. I have nightmares about my experience at the clinic, though I know they followed every medical and legal step to the T. I wish I could forgive myself and move on, but I just can’t. I wake up every morning and it is the best minute of my life before the knowledge of what happened returns to me and the cycle of sadness and regret begins all over again.

You can read the conflicting opinions and comment from the pro-abortion community here

While we do not desire that anyone would choose abortion, we sincerely want this young woman and those in Louisville, KY to find healing and restoration. A Woman’s Choice Resource Center in Louisville offers Post-Abortion Counseling at no cost. You can read the comments ladies have left after going through this study on the post-abortion counseling page.  The study they go through is called Forgiven and Set Free.

What do you all think about the Salon.com article?

  • Jun 22 / 2011
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An Open Letter to Ken

(All quotations are words typed by author “Ken” taken directly from the Speak for the Unborn blog comments using a copy-paste function and altered in brackets to make them more readable in context.)

Dear Ken,

My name is Colin.  I have introduced myself before on the sidewalk, but we have had little time to talk.  I would love to talk to you in person sometime, maybe over breakfast after a Friday morning.  But, because you have

“found it most successful if [you] simply do not engage at all”,

it seems I must post my comments on this blog in order to engage you.  I am also aware that

“[you] spend more time on [our] website than most of the rest of [our] own flock!”

so I am confident that you will be reading this letter.

I have only recently started to read the Speak for the Unborn blog, but I have gone back among the archives and read every one of your comments trying to figure out a way to understand you.  Quite a bit of the material you have written is appalling, and I am told that there is even more that has not been posted due to the nature of its content.  I will quote the texts that I find appalling in the remainder of this article.  However, before I continue, I feel that I must give you the reason why I am writing this letter to you, and also why I have chosen to make it public.

The reason why am writing you this letter, Ken, is because I find your statements logically contradictory; they don’t stand up under scrutiny.  As a result, I don’t think even you know why you are a sidewalk escort, morning after morning waking up to lead women towards clinical homicide.  I don’t think you know what cause you are championing.  Again, I will make all of my reasoning clear soon, just please follow me here.

The reason why I am making this letter public, Ken, is because you have chosen to dialogue publicly.  You have chosen to write offensive, cruel things on this blog, and have left a trail of pro-abortion dogma that has been faithfully refuted before this letter, and will be refuted again hereafter.  Please read carefully.

I want to begin with the most shocking statement I read that you have penned on this blog:

“As I said before, the fetus is a living human being. But it is dependent on the mother for that life and if momma says no, momma says no. Greater medical, legal and religious minds than ours have decided that this is the way it ought to be, so I yield to their knowledge and wisedom [sic]. Also, as I previously offended, human life just ain’t precious to me.”

Now, you begin by acknowledging that fetuses are indeed living humans.  But, you hold that mothers should be able to decide whether the living human being inside of them is dispensable or not.  And, you justify this belief by claiming that human “just ain’t precious” to you.  Ken, do you hear what you are saying? Human life is not precious to you?  So here is the deal, I am going to show you as meticulously as I can that either human life is precious to you, or else you should not be outside wasting your time on non-precious humans (the women you escort.)  If human life were not precious to you, Ken, then you would not be writing the following sorts of comments:

“Pro-choice does not devalue human life. It places that value on those already living”

Consequently, because being “pro-choice” means valuing the living, and you are “pro-choice,” must not this require you to affirm that human life is precious, at least the ones “already living?” (Although, if fetuses are indeed “living human beings,” like you say in your previous post, I’m quite unsure how it follows then that being pro-choice “places value on those already living.”  The fetus is living, right?)  However, your stance on abortion forces you to make these logical contradictions.  Because you rightly affirm that fetuses are humans, (which you yourself recognize is irrefutable given the supporting evidence) you have to say that, in order to justify their extermination, fetuses are not precious.  And therefore, since fetuses are humans, humans cannot be precious (in this string of thought.)  This makes your actions and your thoughts incompatible.  Your actions do not support your claim that humans are not precious to you.  You are escorting humans.  You are assisting human women.  Why would you do this apart from the recognition that these women are precious?  You wouldn’t.  You instead recognize rightly that mothers are precious.  Ken, you are a human.  Your life is precious.  Why?  Because the government says that you are precious?  Because I say that you are precious?  Of course not.  But you are precious because you bear the image of the Creator.  You have an eternal soul.  You are an eternal being.  And because unborn babies are living human beings, all of these statements are true about them, also.

Next point.  Ken, since when is it a good idea to believe certain principles and practice certain ethics because

“Greater medical, legal and religious minds than ours have decided that this is the way it ought to be, so [we should] yield to their knowledge and wisedom [sic].”?

By this logic, are you saying that if someone is smarter than me medically, legally, or religiously, I should appeal to his or her superiority and follow him or her like a sheep led to its slaughter?  It sure appears that this is what you affirm.  This is not how you operate, this is not how I operate, and this is not how a society should operate.  We don’t vote for candidates by comparing their MCATs, LSATs, or Seminary Transcripts.  We don’t choose our political platforms or our faiths by copying the party and religion of Stephen Hawking (I chose at random a person who you and I could both agree is smarter than us.)  We don’t even (or shouldn’t at least) adhere to every moral, truth, or ideal that the majority deems right at the time, as you have recognized in this comment:

“I read a study that said at the current rate of conversion, most Americans, by the year 2015, will be Muslim. Should we all then have to stop whatever we are doing at 8 am, kneel toward Mecca and pray prayers we do not believe?”

So then, Ken, think for yourself.  Seek the Truth.  Don’t suppress your conscience; don’t suppress the law that is written on your heart (Romans 2:12-16.)  Just because abortion is currently legal in America, it is not, on this basis alone, right.  This is a cop-out argument, one that is hardly worth the effort, though I am trying to be thorough.

Let us continue.  Because you have had to compromise your view on human life and state that it is not precious, you have seen and tested where this trail leads.  It leads to chaos and evil.  Consider this ghastly comment you posted:

“Women get to decide when, if, and how often they will be mothers quite simply because they can. Unborn babies do not have an inherent right to life because they are dependent on their mothers for that life and as I stated, women can decide to terminate that pregnancy whenever they want. Is it contradictory that we do not allow mothers to “terminate” their two or three year olds? Yes, it is. But which side of the contradiction needs correcting?”

Ken, I am horrified at the insinuation you have made here.  Are you suggesting that, in order to correct the contradiction that exists, we should allow women “to ‘terminate’ their two or three year olds?”  DO YOU HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?  You are implying that, even if Casey Anthony was found guilty to murdering her 2-year old daughter, Caylee, we should sanction this murder under the law.  And we should do this to “correct the contradiction?”  May it never be (see link for story.)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/caylee-anthony/

You recognize the inherent contradiction.  Indeed, it is contradictory to allow women to kill their children that are yet in the womb, while not allowing women to kill their children that have seen the light of day.  Therefore, in view of this contradiction, you should be joining the fight to END ABORTION, to right this wrong.  You should not be suggesting the ideals of the Devil who delights in the deaths of 2-year olds, and who would love to see a law passed that would make this heinous crime legal, right alongside abortion.

Ken, I could go on, but this has gotten lengthy.  Like I said initially, I would love to discuss these things further with you.  Until then, know that I am praying for you, for your comprehension of Truth, and for your salvation in Jesus Christ.  Know also that I am praying against abortion as it exists in Louisville, as it exists in the United States, and as it exists in the world.

Colin

  • Jun 19 / 2011
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The Sanctity of Life and the Outsourcing of Love

When Christ said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… [and] You shall love your neighbor as yourself…” (Mat 22:37-40) do you think he actually meant, “Love God but pay someone else to love your neighbor for you” ?

Unfortunately this is an apt question in a day and age when Protestants give millions every year to “ministry” organizations, and yet blend into a culture that is about anything but sacrificial service and face-to-face ministry. As one of my pastors noted the other day, “How easy is it to write a check? No sweat. No blood. No tears. No problem.” And you can add: no dirt, no inconvenience, no chance of shame or misunderstanding, no risk. But is that what loving our neighbor is all about? Writing a check? Sending our love ‘Western-Union’ style? Outsourcing our love like the building of automobiles? Why be inconvenienced? Why weep when you can pay someone to do it for you?…

These days, this faulty idea of ‘long distance love’ is worth contemplating, especially in the context of abortion ministry. Financially supporting crisis pregnancy centers is good and, in fact, is imperative for the success of the pro-life cause — but woe to us if we believe that we have given of anything other than our abundance when we donate to them (Luke 21:4). Is the call to love fulfilled when we pay someone else’s salary to love on our behalf? Imagine the difference if the Good Samaritan of Luke 10 had simply passed by the injured man on the Jericho road, and instead paid the inn keeper to go back, bandage his wounds, and carry him back to town himself. Oh yes, there was intention and provision, but both took the place of actual presence. There is an intimacy to love that is lost when your presence becomes impersonal.

Jesus showed this starkly in Luke 11:42, when he said “…woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” It is one thing to honor God in the comfort and privacy of your home, tithing even out of your spice rack. It is something wholly different to enter into the intimate workings of justice and love of God in the streets outside. And this is a call that conservative evangelicals would do well to heed.

Our money alone will not convince an abortion-minded mother that God has a plan for her and her child. Our church’s donation alone will not fill the empty corner of an empty sidewalk in front of a busy abortion clinic that could be filled by praying knees and loving hearts. Ben Franklin has no voice. You do. I pray for our sakes that the reason we refuse to pray on street corners and weep in living rooms is not because we fear the scorn of men or have settled for the price of a clear conscience. I pray the reason we refuse to “rescue those who are being taken away to death; [and] hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter” (Pro. 24:11) is that we are ignorant of the need. Today, let us hear not only the need, but heed the means of loving in sight of those we seek to love.

‘BH

  • May 16 / 2011
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How Hostile are Sidewalk Counselors?

If you follow pro-life blogs at all, you’ve probably heard of Jill Stanek. Her blog, www.jillstanek.com, is widely read and extremely helpful for keeping up with the pro-life/pro-choice events and discussions going on throughout our nation.

Recently, the EMW abortion clinic here in Louisville was the topic of one of her posts, so I thought I’d pass along her thoughts. Jill is responding to a post from the local clinic escorts’ blog which I found as confusing as she did. I will say that I think her tone is harsher than is helpful when engaging with the escorts and their opposing views, but she also brings up many good points that are worth thinking through. I encourage you to read Jill’s post here: http://www.jillstanek.com/2011/05/video-the-irrational-perspective-of-a-woman-being-escorted-for-an-abortion/ or below and come to your own conclusion on the video in question. And please share your thoughts with us!

A guest poster at the pro-abortion blog EverySaturdayMorning described an interesting school project: Having a friend pose as a pregnant mother and film being escorted through a large pro-life crowd at the EMW Women’s Center in Louisville, KY.

I’ve written about this particular abortion mill many times, most recently after LiveAction.org released an undercover video showing staff there willing to cover up underage rape.

When you watch the video you will see the pro-life sidewalk counselors and activists were all kind, compassionate, and helpful. That is not a surprise.

What is shocking is how the poser described the pro-lifers afterward. Even after having documented on film how the pro-lifers really behaved, she was completely off-base.

I’m not saying the poser was lying. Her reaction appeared real; she was shook up and on the verge of tears. But it seems clear she was projecting, based either on preconceived notions about pro-lifers or ambivalence about abortion. I suppose that even though this wasn’t a real pregnant mother, pro-lifers can learn from her reaction.

Watch the video. Note also how the deathscort tries her best to keep the woman from hearing the pro-lifers. What was that about being “pro-choice”?

Now read the transcript of the poser’s reaction:

“And you can hear them, the rioters, like 2 blocks before that…. And so you have this build of dread, even before you’re anywhere near the clinic….

The escort was talking to me, saying like, “Ok, I’m going to start talking nonsense now, just about weather,  just to try to drown out this other woman.” I was really grateful for that, and also being totally frazzled, all these voices everywhere, not knowing where to look. It feels like getting  herded, you know, you’re an animal, just totally terrified of everybody around you….

They just become this, like, blur of antagonism….

Even if they were successful and “saved me,” or whatever, that kind of stress, that kind of panic can’t possibly be healthy for you or for a baby…. It was really hard not to say like, “How dare you say this to me. How dare you have think you have the authority to talk to anybody like this.”…

It really is just so drowning, like just this roar of judgment and lack of empathy. It’s so inhuman, and it makes you feel so inhuman, not because of even why you’re there, just anybody treating you like that, it doesn’t even matter what they’re saying, how any human being could act like that to someone else.”

What in the world? Her depiction of the pro-lifers was absolutely imagined.

The project’s mastermind was apparently disappointed in the pro-life response, explaining at the beginning of the film that there were usually many more pro-lifers there. She apparently chose the day before Easter for her experiment with that very hope. (I, on the other hand, was impressed by the number of pro-lifers on such a rainy, cold day.) She wrote:

“When I first watched the video, I thought it was pretty tame. I’m kind of ashamed of that. I must be pretty desensitized to the situation if I thought that was as tame as I did.”

No, the pro-lifers actually were “tame,” my friend. A commenter added, regretfully it seems:

“She wasn’t surrounded by protesters shoving the escorts into her. Nobody pushed their babies in her face. No one stopped directly in front of her.

We say it wasn’t “that bad” today. Well, bullsh**, clearly it is always “that bad.”

No, it’s that your portrayal of pro-lifers is always “that bad.”

The student’s blog post was, dare I say, hysterical. I hate to label other women as hysterical, but she was certainly irrationally dramatic:

“I wonder if more people did this… talked to their communities about what it’s really like at the clinic, if there wouldn’t be some sort of social backlash on the behavior of these people who attack women like this on the street. Because that’s what it is. It’s an attack….  I can’t imagine what it must be like going in, to be surrounded by strangers trying to support, and then by more strangers trying to scare you away.  I thought it was scary before. I thought it was traumatizing when I got a small taste of it before. Now I think it’s terrifying.

It’s terrifying that some people think this is ok…. It is terrifying that people are treated like this.  Bullied and intimidated on the street, and others take no action against it. It is terrifying that people are so apathetic to the treatment of others. It was especially terrifying when it was my friend.

It’s even more terrifying that it’s strangers that I don’t know.”

No, what’s terrifying is that people believe hysterical pro-aborts like you.

  • May 15 / 2011
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A Prayer and A Plea to Churches

My prayer and my plea is that 3 more evangelical churches in Louisville would adopt this ministry as their own by the end of this year.

Every single week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays there are girls walking into the abortion clinic with very little challenge.  So if on average 15 girls abort per day that is 45 children dying each week with few people speaking up for them.  That also means that there are 180 babies per month who do not have the church, the light of the world, trying to save their lives.  Yearly, 2,160 babies on West Market Street have few, if any, Christians pleading with their mothers and our Father to spare them.

So my question to pastors and to lay people is why would you not join us on the streets as we reflect God’s character by loving the helpless?  Why would you not show mercy to the oppressed in our town?  Why would you not open your mouth in the hopes of saving a baby’s life and sparing his or her mother from a lot of pain?

The air we breathe is apathy towards aborted babies and I fear that this apathy is seeping into our churches.  Please, keep your hearts soft toward the injustice of abortion.  Please, let your minds think about the gruesome abortion procedures – that babies are being systematically dismembered in our town.  Please think about the women you know who deeply regret their abortions and only speak of them with tears in their eyes.  Please think about your own children who you love and provide for – would you stand by if someone was trying to kill them?  Will you defend these unborn babies with the same loving zeal that you would defend your own children?

Pastors and lay people, we have nothing to lose.  God has given us a spirit of power, love and self-control.  He can give us the grace to wake up early in the morning.  He can give us the grace to bless those who curse us and pray for those who abuse us.  He can give us the confidence that when we pray, our prayers can change things.  He can give us enduring love for these children and their mothers even when we do not see fruit of our ministry for months.  He can grow us in enduring in this difficult ministry.  So I ask you again, why would you not start this ministry at your church?

We will come to churches in Louisville and train you.  We will pray for you.  We will do our best to answer any questions you may have.  You are welcome to shadow us on Fridays and Saturdays.  We will do all that we can to accommodate you, but what we need from you is commitment.

So, again, my prayer to God and my plea to you is that you will start a Speak for the Unborn ministry at your church this year.

Please see our page of Why Speak for more reasons why we believe a Pro-Life ministry should be in every church.

Also, please see our Objections page for some of the questions this post may have raised in your mind.

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“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.   Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.   In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

 

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