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  • Nov 23 / 2012
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A Twisted Black Friday Deal

This makes me sad (and sick) for so many reasons.  A discount at Planned Parenthood is not the same as going to Target at 9pm to snag a deal on your favorite DVD. But that is exactly what Planned Parenthood and our culture want us to believe.  Planned Parenthood wants us to see their “special discount” on equal terms with online shopping, shoes, and electronics. This is a direct lie from Satan himself.

Abortion cannot be returned or exchanged. It permanently hurts and haunts women, and it has stolen over 50 million lives in the United States. May we stand vehemently against this scheme of the devil.

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Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.–Ephesians 5:11

[HT: reader Anne at Jill Stanek]

  • Oct 20 / 2012
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Abortion, Adoption, Answers to Hard Questions, Politics

Voddie Baucham on Abortion

The following is an excellent video of Dr. Voddie Baucham, pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Houston Texas. In the first few minutes of the interview, he speaks to the issue of abortion in the cases of rape, incest and other difficult circumstances from a very personal vantage point. Many who identify themselves as “pro-life” seem to take a detour at these important junctures, but Dr. Baucham addresses them with clarity and conviction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VDA8acKNSk

 

  • Oct 18 / 2012
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denny burk
Abortion, Politics

Think About Abortion When You Vote

Denny Burk has a great article out through Baptist Press that reminds Christians where our priorities need to be this election season. I encourage you to read it in its entirety here, but will also highlight a few of the stand out sections for you to think through:

According to the media and the last few debates, the biggest issue at stake this election is the economy; but for Christians, we have the responsibility to prioritize a far greater concern: the sanctity of human life. As Denny writes,

On Nov. 6, America will go to the polls and elect the next president as well as members of the House and Senate. In advance of this vote, most Americans believe that the chief issue facing the country is the ailing economy. I want to make the case that this thinking is wrong-headed and that the transcendent issue of this election is abortion.

Although neither candidate has the power to single-handedly end abortion in America, they do have the incredible opportunity to impact the Supreme Court’s majority either for or against Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which has facilitated the “legal” killing of over 50 million American babies. Four of the nine members of the Court are over 70 years old, so odds are either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be responsible to appointment one or more new judges over the next four years.  These presidential appointments could make all the difference in our legal battle to overturn Roe v. Wade.

It will take a five-person majority on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. Absent such a majority, it will continue to be legal for unborn babies to be killed. As of now, it appears there is a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court in favor of Roe. The candidate who wins the presidency will appoint justices who will either bolster the current majority in favor of Roe or will make a new majority against Roe. In effect, this election is a referendum on the legality of abortion.

When it comes to deciding which candidate would appoint pro-life judges, the choice is abundantly clear. It’s not Barack Obama. Obama is radically pro-abortion. So much so, his voting record shows that four times he voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act which would save infant survivors of failed abortions (and even that is just the tip of the iceberg!). If you’re still skeptical, remember that last night, he even went so far as to purposely declared his support of Planned Parenthood during the presidential debate.

Although I would like for Romney to be a stronger pro-life advocate, I am grateful that he has called for Roe v. Wade to be overturned and would undoubtedly appoint judges to that end. He and his Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, have declared themselves pro-life and both have voting records that overwhelmingly prove their conviction to be legitimate.

If your priority this election is for the unborn, your only effective vote is one for Mitt Romney. Denny goes on in his article to show how, for Christians, this priority is not just a good suggestion, but a Biblical mandate. His argument is important enough to include in its entirety:

Proverbs 24:11-12 talks about the responsibility that we all share to protect innocent human life: “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 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?'”

How does this text inform Christians about how they should vote this November? I would argue that it informs your conscience in at least four ways, each of which I urge you to consider prayerfully.

First, you are commanded to “rescue” innocent human life from being unjustly snuffed out. This command issues from the same God who said “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not bear false witness,” and it has the same authority over our consciences. How do we “rescue” the unborn? In America today, we cannot reduce the protection of the unborn to a matter of electoral politics. Supporting adoption alternatives and crisis pregnancy centers, for instance, are a part of rescuing the innocents being led to slaughter. That being said, while we certainly should not reduce our defense of the unborn to electoral politics, we dare not exclude electoral politics from our concern. Thus you should use your democratic privileges to press for the defense of the unborn. If we were in China or Saudi Arabia, you wouldn’t have a say in the matter. But in America you do. Why wouldn’t you vote to protect life?

Second, at the last judgment you will not be able to claim ignorance about your duty to defend innocent human life. Remember, more than 50 million innocent human lives have been snuffed out legally since 1973. If somehow you were unaware of this fact before reading this essay, you now know better. You are accountable for this knowledge, and your vote should reflect it.

Third, the Lord “weighs your heart” and will hold you accountable for the way you think about the unborn. Are you more concerned about your economic interests than you are about protecting the unborn? Are you more interested in not being associated with the religious right than you are in protecting the unborn? Are you more dedicated to your partisan loyalties than you are to protecting the unborn? The Lord knows the answer to these questions. Do you?

Fourth, do not be deceived. God will hold you accountable for how you vote. The Proverb says that God will “repay” each person according to what he has done. There are many “works” that we will have to give an answer for at the last judgment, and our voting will be one of them. Do you think a vote against protecting the unborn will be mitigated at the judgment by arguments like, “Abortion is only one issue among many,” “Single-issue voting is small-minded” and “The pro-abortion candidate agrees with me on other important issues”?

Beware of such arguments. God has said over and over that He is ardently interested in protecting the innocent (e.g., Deuteronomy 10:18; 14:29; Psalm 146:9; Isaiah 1:17, 23; Zechariah 7:10; Malachi 3:5; James 1:27). At the last judgment, protecting innocent human life will be seen for the transcendent value that it is. Will your vote reflect that?

The world is broken, and at the end of the day, we do not put our hope in our government to fix it (Psalm 20:7). Our hope is in a sovereign and just God who will one day make all things new (Revelation 21:5). But our hope in God’s perfect justice in the future should never be used as an excuse to be indifferent about injustice in the present. My hope and prayer is that more people will be convinced of that truth as they go to the polls this November. And that is my hope and prayer for you. Don’t use your vote to exclude a whole class of persons from the human community. Choose life.

Well put, Denny Burk. May we all take this exhortation to heart and make the endangered lives of the unborn our highest national priority.

  • Oct 06 / 2012
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Abortion, Sidewalk Counseling Ministry

A Sidewalk Counselor’s Cry

My weekly habit after an early morning of sidewalk counseling always included heading to my favorite coffee shop to pray and process all that I’d just experienced. I am thankful my schedule allowed for these hours of mourning and contemplation as they afforded me the chance to search God’s Word for comfort and solace when all my instincts tended toward depression. My journals attest to the desperation and defeat sidewalk counselors often experience, but thankfully they also record the reassuring hope that was always available to me in Scripture.

Nowadays my schedule is somewhat more constrained as I spend much of my time caring for the life of my own little baby girl. I celebrate life each new morning when my sweet 1 year-old greets me with her early chatter and sunrise smiles.  Although my time does not accommodate sidewalk counseling as it once did, the burden on my heart has never been lifted for the unborn. This past week I was reminded of my heart’s cry for the many to be-murdered babies that once passed me by on the sidewalks. Ironically, it was my own lively baby girl who brought this to mind as she is now able to pull journals off of bookshelves and show her appreciation for mama’s writing by munching on their contents.

My latest last minute save was a journal entry was from an April  morning in 2010. Here I recorded my coffee shop prayer after one of my earlier experiences sidewalk counseling:

17 April 2010

Another morning at the abortion clinic. More babies unmet. More mothers turned murderers. More fathers not found. More escorts reviling their God and savoring being used of Satan. Oh the sorrow, the dark gloom. The clamps still snap. The bones still break. The vacuum yet whirs  We beg. We plead. We run the streets in desperation. Who will stay the madness? Who will shed light on this dark horror? As morning dawns, lives are dimmed. The spark is gone. The heartbeat unheard. Father! For Your justice, for Your goodness, for Your glory, please save the young ones. Please save the mothers. Please save the revilers and the hypocrites. Your Word was heard today and rejected by all. You are truly merciful to save any. I humbly ask You to mercifully intercede for sinners like me. I also ask for Your glory to be our aim. I trust You and especially now when I can do no other. You are mighty to save and holy to judge.

Looking back on this entry has reminded me of the intensity of those mornings and their impact on my life as a Christian. I have never hated sin as I did observing its ghastly consequences. And I have never savored Christ as I did seeing what He saves us from. Although sidewalk counseling is the hardest ministry I’ve been a part of, I praise God for how it opened my eyes to the spiritual realities I was only half aware of before. The intensity of God’s goodness is all the more magnified next to His murderous opposition. Oh that my prayers would consistently and vigorously oppose sin and seek God’s glory!

Tomorrow morning, my beloved brothers and sisters in Louisville, Kentucky will continue sidewalk counseling to speak for the unborn and declare the glorious life of the gospel to those who are hell-bent on death. May we Christians pray with desperation for our God to bless their efforts, to thwart the plans of their opposition, and to show His glory by even making 2nd and Market the site where many lost souls are redeemed into eternal life rather than enticed into the agony of death.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

  • Sep 23 / 2012
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Abortion, Answers to Hard Questions

My Sister’s Funeral: Let’s Reevaluate Down Syndrome

I wrote a post a while back called Thank You for Not Killing My Sister: Abortion and Down Syndrome. In it I quoted an article that said:

Although no national data are available, the abortion rate of fetuses with the condition [of Down Syndrome] was found to be 59% in one California study and 92% in an English study.

If you have not read my post, I argued that abortion is not the way to deal with Down Syndrome and that it is a mistake to kill these precious children. One of my main arguments springs from the experience I have had with my sister Heather. There are many people in America that are believing a lie that Down Syndrome children are “defective,” but this idea is totally contrary to my experience of growing up with a sister who did not mess things up but instead enhanced and brought joy to my life.

Heather with Her Niece

I am sad to say that since I wrote this post, on August 10th my beautiful, wonderful sister died in a Montana hospital. Heather beat the odds, lived to birth, and then continued to live an amazingly full life until she was 33.  It happened very quickly.  One night she woke up with severe nausea, was rushed to the hospital, and died later the next day.  The diagnosis was unexplained bleeding on her brain.   Needless we all were (and still are) shocked that she is gone.

The funeral was held in Colorado, where she lived most of the year with my parents. Though I recognize that I am prone to crying at these kind of things, I chose to speak anyway because I wanted to honor Heather.  I was one of five people that chose to share about Heather’s impact on our lives and one of 200 in attendance of her funeral. Like the other speakers, I told the misty eyed crowd of the many ways in which my life was better because of Heather. It was through Heather that I first learned of God’s love for the weak and helpless. Heather taught me how to weep with those who weep. She showed me a boldness that could walk up to a man twice her size and tell him about Jesus as though he were an 80-year-old Sunday School teacher. And she taught me what Jesus meant when he said “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

I figured out pretty early on in my address that I could not look at the section where my family was seated.  And the couple times I forgot to avoid eye-contact, I could not contain my tears. There in the section closest to the stage were some of the strongest people I knew sobbing like children.  These who were the most “inconvenienced” by her condition were the ones who were crying the most.  Why were they weeping? The same reason I am crying right now. We miss Heather.  We loved Heather.  We loved having her in our lives.  As I spoke, I was looking into the eyes of people that would do anything to have just one more moment with her. People longing for one more chance to say something silly just to hear her laugh again. Most of whom, like myself, never even got to say goodbye.

Time for Reevaluation

So, in a world where the vast majority of babies with Down Syndrome are killed before they could ever take a breath, sat a church full of people thankful for every breath Heather took. I recently spoke to my mom about Heather and she commented that we have all been so impacted by Heather. She has had a positive effect on hundreds of people.  And yet, so many pre-suppose that having a child would Down Syndrome would be a negative thing.  Why?  If that is true, where are the parents of children with Down Syndrome who are saying that they wished they would have aborted?

There are many reasons not to kill an unborn child with Down Syndrome, but I mainly just want to combat one lie with this post. It is the lie that if you have a baby with Down Syndrome, neither you nor your child will ever have joy. It is the lie that says that deformity and retardation equal suffering for the child and his or her parents. I can honestly say that I have never met a more joyful person in my life than Heather. Her middle name was Joy and truly that is what characterized her life. Yes, she was made fun of in elementary school. Yes, she had many more surgeries in her life than I have. Yes, she lived in her parents’ house until her death. But the amazing thing is that she never wanted to leave their house and my parents never wanted her to go. Heather not only lived a life full of joy, but she radiated it to others. Our lives were not worse because of her, they were better. And, to put it as my brother did, she was not defective, we are.

So, let us think about what is true today. Whether you are the one considering an abortion because the doctor told you your baby is deformed or a sidewalk counselor seeking save the lives of those with special needs, consider the irony of this story. Thousands of men and women killing children with Down Syndrome, and hundreds longing for more time with one.

A video celebrating the life of Heather.

  • Sep 07 / 2012
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Abortion, Politics

“Pro-Choice” or “Pro-Choose-my-Choice”?

I’ve always thought the greatest strength of the Pro-Life position is the consistency of our belief. Since we believe every human life is created in the image of God, we believe every life is precious. That leads us to defend the dignity of life whether it’s the womb, a wheelchair, or the old folks’ home down the street.

Conversely, the pro-choice movement is absolutely riddled with contradictions. When should an unborn baby be granted personhood? Ask 10 pro-choicers and you’ll probably get 15 different answers since many are so unsure they keep multiple options. What is an acceptable reason to have an abortion? The answers range from rape to fetal deformity to too much freshman homework.

The video below shows the broader impact of the weak pro-choice rationale as it played out in this week’s Democratic National Convention. Consider using this logic the next time you engage with someone who claims to be pro-choice. Odds are they are struggling with the same identity crisis as these people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwejQBIyjow&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Psalm 18:30
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

  • Aug 25 / 2012
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The Apostle Paul was an Abortion Clinic Escort (in a manner of speaking)

Allow me to explain. At one time, the Apostle Paul was convinced he could best serve his community and his God by ridding the world of an unwanted people group. He zealously volunteered his time to help systematically identify and subsequently eliminate a serious threat to his culture’s advancement– namely a crazed group of religious fanatics called Christians.

Like abortion clinic escorts, Paul was not directly responsible for the imprisonment or killing of Christians; rather all he did was ensure they made it to the doorsteps of the people who’d finish the job. Every one of his “escort” endeavors was sanctioned by his government, applauded by his religious leaders, and encouraged by his peers.

But it was still horrifically wrong.

Later in life, Paul would look back on this time with severe regret. He would refer to himself as “the worst of sinners,” “a violent man,” guilty of “persecuting the church” and he would completely repent of these actions. So why the radical shift?

The radical shift came when Paul had an encounter with the one, true God he’d never met before. He thought he knew Him. After all, think of the countless hours Paul spent studying and teaching what he thought God’s Bible said. Or consider how he traveled long distances to find these offenders and protect God’s church from the harassment of pushy Christ-followers. Inevitably, Paul thought he was preserving God’s teachings by quelling the offensive preaching and degrading message of the obnoxious Christian club.

Surely Paul expected a pat on the back from God for all his hard efforts and consistent commitment to the cause. He thought he had served God well and there was a prison full of Christians to prove it. During his time, Paul (then known as Saul) was indeed the ultimate of escorts having earned a reputation so widespread that all the opposition knew him by name. But how was this famed escort greeted by the God he thought he served?

“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied. “Now go up… and you will be told what you must do.”

Every abortion clinic escort that you meet thinks they are doing the right thing. Regardless of their varying motivations, all hold a conviction that helping with abortions is the best thing for them to do. They too will feel the shock of the apostle Paul who, having dedicated his life to a single cause learned in a single phrase it was all for naught. It must have absolutely shattered him to realize not only was he wrong, but he’d fought with all his might to oppose those who had it right.

In the most unexpected of plot twists, God decided He wanted to save this elite escort and have Saul work for Him. To do that, God miraculously confronted Saul with the same truth that had previously just riled him up. He saw that Jesus Christ wasn’t simply some heretical fad, but the Son of God Who came to fulfill God’s plan and save His people from their sins. All the trite pushy sayings he once found offensive finally sank in.

Saul was wrong. He was raging against God. And he needed to humbly follow this Jesus Who for some reason wanted to bear his punishment for him.

Once Saul actually encountered the almighty Jesus, he realized Christ was worth getting fanatical about. Saul became Paul and joined hands with those crazy Christians he thought he couldn’t stand. Let us remember that the man who once “breathed murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples” was also the man God decided would be “[His] chosen instrument to proclaim [His] name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.”

Who knows the plans God has for the volunteer escorts outside our local abortion clinics! Let us pray for Him to once again glorify Himself with an escort’s radical and genuine conversion. And let us purposely use our interactions with escorts to this end!

If our God can remove the blinders from Paul’s eyes, let us request and expect Him to do that again!

  • Aug 10 / 2012
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Sidewalk Spiritual Warfare

I think we can all agree there are few places darker than the sidewalk at  7:00 in the morning. I am not just referring to the physical darkness, but the spiritual darkness that is real and active.  Here are a few basic truths that I have come to realize concerning spiritual warfare  on the sidewalk:

1. Absolutely Expect to Experience It
1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” In the same book Peter writes ”Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you (4:12).

I have not met anyone involved in the last three years who has been exempt from spiritual warfare while participating in this ministry. It may manifest itself in nightmares, fear, impatience, doubt, marital strife, discouragement, or other forms of attack.  I myself, have failed in many ways in remembering these passages periodically. I have not been sober-minded or watchful. I have been surprised at the struggles I have faced as a result of participating in this ministry. Yet, God’s Word reminds us that we have an enemy who would delight in destroying us. Instead of ignoring these attacks, we can and must expect to experience spiritual warfare.

2. Arm Yourself With the Word

As we are watching, Praise the Lord that we have the best weapon in defending ourselves ! We have the Word of God. Paul writes that we have “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, “(Eph 6:17). As I have sought to do things outside of my comfort zone and/or strength, I have found it most helpful to give myself to the Word daily, and to memorize passages or complete chapters of Scripture. This way, I can recite them to myself at any given moment, or to others (whether it be clients or fellow Christians).  Had I never experienced this kind of spiritual warfare, I would most likely never have done so.  I thank the Lord for these opportunities.

3. Give Yourself to Prayer
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15
We must be praying constantly! (1 Thes 5:17).  Our Resource Guide includes two pages (21-22) dedicated to guiding us in prayer throughout the week.  Commit to praying daily for those going in for abortions, and for the abortion clinic to close to the glory of God.  Pray for your brothers and sisters doing sidewalk counseling that they would not believe Satan’s lies. (If you don’t pray for them, who will?) Fast and Pray. Pray against any schemes of the devil, not just Friday night, but daily. What a privilege that we can have constant communication with the God of the universe who hears our prayers and is able to answer them far more abundantly than we ask or think!

Praise the Lord that He sees us worthy to walk through these trials!

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

  • Jun 18 / 2012
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Fetal Development

Are Early-Term Abortions Less Wrong?

Many American’s think that abortion is wrong in the third trimester because it kills a baby, but that it is permissible in the first trimester because it only eliminates a clump of cells.  This video educates and defends the humanity of first-trimester fetuses…

As the video said, “At any stage of pregnancy, abortion kills a rapidly developing, genetically-distinct human being.”  And, as we say again and again, every human being is unique and made in God’s image and thereby has intrinsic value no matter their size or development.  Therefore, every human facing murder and oppression is worth defending. Let’s pray harder and speak louder!

  • Mar 22 / 2012
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Biblical Application

The Value of Children

The CBMW website posted an article today that was a good reminder to me about the difference between how society views children and how the Bible views them. Abortion is the result of a society that does not value children or the honor of being parents. Rachel Jankovic writes:

Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen.

The truth is that years ago, before this generation of mothers was even born, our society decided where children rank in the list of important things. When abortion was legalized, we wrote it into law.

Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get. In fact, children rate below your desire to sit around and pick your toes, if that is what you want to do. Below everything. Children are the last thing you should ever spend your time doing.

She continues:

Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.

Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die—and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.

Her words describe the battle scene on the sidewalk as parents who boldly bring their children out to plead with mothers, who are prepared to kill their own children, are mocked by the clinic escorts. And we expect the sidewalk to be a hostile environment for those of us who value life, but as Ms Jankovic writes, everywhere is hostile territory for those who value children. Her entire post is worth reading and you can find it here.

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