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  • 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?

  • Jul 11 / 2011
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Biblical Application, Politics, Sidewalk Counseling Ministry

Step into the Abortion Forest: Seeing the Human in Humanity

It has been said that at times you can get so far from the forest that you can no longer see the trees. You can become so acquainted with the ‘big picture’ that you forget such a grand painting actually has a definite subject. You can come to miss the human in humanity.

That temptation is a clear and present danger among evangelicals in the pro-life movement. Having fought “abortion” (in the abstract) on the political field for 25+ years, many of us have been lulled into acting like abortion is a mere philosophical construct. We see and speak out against the abortion forest, while being content to remain far away from the trees, anything remotely near or human about it.

But as Paul Ramsey so powerfully reminds us, “A child is not a piece of childhood.” We are not called to stand against abortion on behalf of childhood. Rather we are called to see the child being taken away to death. We must learn to see the abortion fight as patently personal, emotionally intimate, and ethically imminent. We can rage against the machine and shout against the system for a political lifetime (as we should), but if we fail to step into the real flesh and blood of the matter, we become  noisy gongs and clanging cymbals (1 Cor 13). We say to our neighbors “be warmed and filled,” but refuse to give them the actual help they need (James 2). Let there be no doubt: the unborn children in your community need you to hate abortion in the abstract. That much is morally required of you. But make no mistake, a mere hatred of evil is not all they need. They need you to step into the forest, and rescue them -with words, with prayers, and ultimately with the initiating and effecting power of the Holy Spirit – from the sure destruction that awaits them within the walls of your local abortion clinic. There are not just children dying in your community. This morning, there is death coming to a child. It is his voice and his silent scream that cries out to the Father for deliverance. It is his death that makes abortion inhumane.

May we all learn how to shudder at that fact.

In the name of Jesus Christ, the Victor over death,

‘BH

  • Jul 08 / 2011
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Biblical Application

Conscience and Abortion

I was thinking on an issue that came to my mind while my wife and I were reading the scripture. Does everyone know that abortion is wrong, even if they are advocating the activity? The Bible would say yes.

Romans 2:12-16

12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

I just want to be brief because if you read through those verses, they are very self explanatory. Whether in belief  or unbelief in God all people know and by nature do what the law requires. Even if you are a Gentile, anyone other than a Jew, and you do not have the law, you still seek to obey the law because God has written the law on every person’s heart. Everyone is accountable to follow it. Our conscience bears witness to this fact.  People, no matter their sin, know when they are breaking God’s law. Of course, some people have more understanding of what sin is and what God hates depending on their involvement in the scripture. There is a second way people ignore the guilt, they hate God and choose to ignore their conscience. That is why we see women walking into the clinic and sometimes laughing (of course sometimes do to escorts but I digress), listening to headphones, talking on the phone at 7am, screaming at us counselors, hiding their face, etc. Of course these women feel shamed, angry, feel like they need to lighten the gravity of the situation, but not because of the counselors. Because their conscience is bearing witness to them they are breaking God’s law. Their response in this moment either makes them feel guilt, or they harden their hearts to make what their doing seem okay.

So, does everyone know that abortion is wrong, even if they are advocating it? God’s word says yes. Feeling guilty or sorrowful over sin you commit does not make you forgiven. There is a Godly sorrow that leads to repentance. Please trust Jesus, if you disobey Him and His law you can be forgiven. If your conscience accuses you, check with the word of God. If it is sin, repent! You don’t have to walk in guilt or shame, you can trust Jesus and be forgiven and be made new and learn how to walk rightly before him.

  • 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

 

  • May 13 / 2011
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Ronald Reagan on Abortion

From the archives of the The Human Life Review is an article President Reagan wrote in 1983.

An excerpt:

The 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade is a good time for us to pause and reflect. Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators — not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973. But the consequences of this judicial decision are now obvious: since 1973, more than 15 million unborn children have had their lives snuffed out by legalized abortions. That is over ten times the number of Americans lost in all our nation’s wars.

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right. Shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision, Professor John Hart Ely, now Dean of Stanford Law School, wrote that the opinion “is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.” Nowhere do the plain words of the Constitution even hint at a “right” so sweeping as to permit abortion up to the time the child is ready to be born. Yet that is what the Court ruled.

More:

What, then, is the real issue? I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives — the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? I have also said that anyone who doesn’t feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.

The case against abortion does not rest here, however, for medical practice confirms at every step the correctness of these moral sensibilities. Modern medicine treats the unborn child as a patient. Medical pioneers have made great breakthroughs in treating the unborn — for genetic problems, vitamin deficiencies, irregular heart rhythms, and other medical conditions. Who can forget George Will’s moving account of the little boy who underwent brain surgery six times during the nine weeks before he was born? Who is the patient if not that tiny unborn human being who can feel pain when he or she is approached by doctors who come to kill rather than to cure?

The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law — the same right we have.

Conclusion:

Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

I would highly encourage you to read the entire article.

HT: Trevin Wax

  • Apr 28 / 2011
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Lie #2 Confrontation is Unloving

Recently a few topics in our Speak for the Unborn Resource Guide have been weighing heavily on my heart. I am so thankful for our Resource Guide because it is full of biblical truths to encourage us on the sidewalk and also in our lives. If you haven’t read our Resource Guide, please do! It is available on this page and to the right.

I would like to highlight, “Truths to Motivate and Lies to Avoid” (found on pages 6-7).
The whole section is excellent, but The “Lie to Avoid” that has stood out to me most recently is Lie #2 “Confrontation is Unloving”. Our resource guide actually sums it up on page 7 as the following:

“Our culture does not believe this. It is only when you confront someone for their sin that they say that confrontation is unloving. What about the slogan, “Friends don’t let friends drink and drive?” Our culture knows that a true friend takes the car keys away to prevent their drunk friend from killing themselves or someone else. Our culture knows that it is loving to flush one friends drugs down the toilet.

Further, the overall message of the Bible is that man is very sinful, that the whole world is under a curse and awaiting destruction through fire. It is within this framework that verses like “He who hates reproof is stupid” (Proverbs 12:1) makes sense. If I am fundamentally messed up at my core and someone is helping me not to be messed up, then to reject their reproof would be stupid.

Psalm 141:5 says, “Let a righteousness man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it.” When we, in righteousness, rebuke those going in for abortions, the Bible says it is a kindness. Let’s believe these truths.

1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “{Love} does not rejoice at wrongdoing {of abortion}, but rejoices with the truth.” In the Bible truth and love are always linked together. Therefore, let us love women enough to tell them that abortion is a sin against a holy Judge. “

 

On the sidewalk, we are often accused of being “judgmental” when we seek to lovingly plead with women to change their minds and to flee from sin.  But that is not the truth at all! The Bible tells us that it is pure love and kindness when we beg someone to stop sinning–in order to avoid future judgment and wrath– by turning to Jesus.

I think it is possible that the reason confrontation is considered unloving is because many people, even Christians, do not understand how Holy our God is. It seems it is popular in our culture  to believe that God is not offended by sin. Yet, the Bible is clear about God’s character.

 

God is Holy (page 17 of S4U Resource Guide)

“ A lot of people think God is cool with their sin. People think God is passive, just kickin’ back on a couch unfazed as we sleep around and kill our children. No, that is a lie from the Devil to get us to keep sinning. God is a holy God who detests sin.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;  evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (Psalm 5:4-6)

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil
and cannot look at wrong (Habakkuk 1:13a)

 

And maybe that is why we hear some of these “Objections” on the sidewalk:

Objections (found on pages 19-20 of the S4U Resource Guide)

“I can just ask for forgiveness later”

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27)

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

 

“I Am a Christian”

Prove it. Prove it by obeying God’s command not to murder. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15) so prove your love for him by obeying him right now.

I can tell you that I am an orange cat, but that doesn’t make me one. The Bible says that the fruit of your life proves whether you are a Christian or not. And the Bible says that Christians don’t murder. Prove that you are a Christian and listen to the Words of the Bible and don’t walk into that abortion clinic. If you walk in there you are telling the world that you don’t care about God and his Word and are denying Jesus Christ.

 

We, as sidewalk counselors, used to believe all these “Lies to Avoid”, and hate these “Truths to Motivate”! We were the ones who hated confrontation, we didn’t believe that God hated our sin, we thought we could go on sinning…and we did! We believed we could pick and choose what we believed in the Bible, so we could keep doing what we wanted to do.

This is because the Bible says that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23) and that our sin has earned us judgment from a just and holy Judge, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God makes a way for us to be made right with Him through his perfect Son who never sinned: Jesus. “He himself, bore our sins, in his body on the tree that we may die to sin and live to righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.” (1 Pet 2:24).

God mercifully opened up our eyes, to help us to turn from our sin through faith and repentance. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).

And as a result, our whole lives have changed and bear witness that we are children of God! “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

It is this message that motivates sidewalk counselors to lovingly confront sin and to beg men and women to turn to Christ.  This is our deepest desire. We, as Christians can rest assured that confrontation that, “rescues those who are being taken away to death” is compassionate and loving.

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Sidewalk Counselors: We Are Not Alone!

A little perspective goes a long way, especially when your surroundings seem anything but encouraging. When you sign up as a sidewalk counselor you have to know all the odds are against you. You’re going to be one of only a handful of Christians who show up to humbly oppose a larger number of clinic escorts and lovingly confront overwhelming numbers of women intent on abortion. And in Louisville, that equates to witnessing almost 3,000 families welcoming the chance to kill their children each year.

In light of these numbers, I many times look around and wonder why more Christians aren’t involved in sidewalk counseling. While I know that God has given us plenty of examples in the Bible of how he uses insignificant numbers to accomplish amazing victories (i.e. David vs. Goliath, Gideon and the 300 soldiers, Israel vs. Jericho, etc.), it still would be so encouraging to see the church gathering together over this prevalent spiritual issue.

Well, today I have been encouraged by the reminder that sidewalk counseling goes far beyond the streets in downtown Louisville! God has moved the hearts of many other believers to take on this same burden to serve the lost in their cities too. Please read this great article from a sidewalk counselor in Oregon who shares many of our same experiences and is full of hope for our work in the Lord:

http://www.epm.org/blog/2011/Apr/27/advocating-unborn-very-small-sacrifice

And if you aren’t currently sidewalk counseling, consider this woman’s reasons for getting out there (and I fully agree with them!):

What motivates me to do this? Here are some reasons:

1. It’s something I can do. Anyone can, and it’s an extremely small sacrifice of time and energy in light of eternity. There are many prolife organizations doing wonderful work for the unborn and their moms, but being near the entrance to the clinic is the last-ditch effort to “rescue those being led away to slaughter” (Prov. 24:11). (That’s Sharon, one of our receptionists at EPM, holding a sign outside the clinic.) I wonder what would happen if people showed up in droves to simply stand and pray outside all the abortion clinics in America. Just the sheer numbers alone would save lives because light shines brightly in the darkness.

2. I believe God answers prayer, not always in the way I anticipate but in ways I may never know this side of eternity.  It’s a privilege to stand and pray for the clients and workers going in and out.  I pray those we encounter will know we’re advocating not only for their unborn child, but also for them.  We also pray for those driving by the clinic and for the many other facets of prolife work going on around the country.  

3. It gets me out of my comfort zone. I don’t like leaving that zone J, but I know it’s good for me and strengthens my trust in the Lord when I encounter other difficult circumstances. And that’s a very good thing.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Praise God for working greater plans than we could ever imagine, and how great that we get to be a part of them?!

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