Skip to comments.Should Christians Protest at Abortion Mills?
Posted on 01/18/2014 2:40:21 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
Yes and no. As I have argued here, there are some fine reasons why Christians should be a constant presence at their local abortion mill. It is true that different believers, even different churches have different callings. Trouble is, too often we “feel called” to that which is most comfortable, most respectable. If there are ten churches within a five mile radius of the local mill, and everyone of them supports Bible study programs for successful businessmen something is wrong. Just remember that both the priest and the Levite had some thriving ministries to get to back in Jerusalem as well. Our neighbor is the baby being led to the slaughter.
That said, and given the same principle of different gifts, and not wanting to start a war over competing strategies, I do think it important that in our own minds, when we go the mill that we not see ourselves as but protestors. A protestor is one who merely protests. It is tantamount to standing before the watching world and declaring “I object!” When I merely protest I want me, my neighbors, my friends, passers-by, and those inside the mill to know how I feel about what they are doing. The point of the protest is to make the bad guys feel bad and the good guys feel good. But the babies, and the souls of those who kill them, still die agonizing deaths.
Please do not misunderstand. I am not here arguing for that approach taken by what I call The Blessed Sisters of the Whispering Mice. These are sweet, gentle ladies who minister by gently, sweetly, whispering some form of “Please don’t. We are here to help. Jesus loves you.” These are wonderful ladies, but I’m not arguing for that strategy. Instead at the mill we should be calling people to repent, which means calling sin sin, and baby murder baby murder. My defense for this direct, honest approach is found in Acts 2. Peter preached to his audience that they had crucified the Messiah. Hardly seeker sensitive, but 3000 were added that day. “Don’t murder your baby” may not be what Rick Warren would say, but I suspect it is what Peter would say.
Christians should be at abortion mills, all of them, every day. And we should not be silent. What we should be doing is proclaiming the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should be imploring butchers, butchers’ assistants, boyfriends, grandmothers, pregnant moms to turn from their sin, to repent and throw themselves on the mercy of God in Christ. We should be pleading with the blind that they not further sear their consciences, and dance across the precipice of hell. We should be calling men to be men, to protect rather than murder their children.
And we should be repenting. Protest seems to be saying, “The rest of you should be good, like me.” Proclaiming Christ instead says, “You all need to be forgiven, as I do. Jesus is our only hope.” It’s exactly what we need to say, and exactly what we need to hear.
I've come to the conclusion that the warfare of a Christian is physical and prayerful.
We have spiritual armament and physical armament.
I don't see protests, boycotts or any other type of passive confrontation available to the Christian.
I may be wrong, and I'll gladly receive acquired wisdom ... but I think the Christian is to fight.
We can pray
and we can kill
THAT'S what I see.
I knew a girl, back in the late 60s, from a great family in Tennessee. She got knocked up while in college, had an illegal abortion, and was left unable to ever have a child.
I still have occasional contact with her.
Is your point “Safe, legal, and rare”?
If you mean a protest might have prevented her abortion and saved her sanity, I'm not sure we can use that as an argument.
I have emphasema because I began smoking in 1962, a time when even the doctors on TV promoted cigarettes.
By the time it got into my thick skull that smoking was bad, it took another 10 or 15 years to finally get off of the addiction completely ... by THAT time .... (siigghhhh )
Anyway, my point was not so much that we must fight, but that protests aren't effective.
“Is your point Safe, legal, and rare?”
Sorry, but I do not understand your post. I did not knock her up, but true, sex with her in the 60s may have been illegal.
It does remind me, however, long past time for me to check up on her.
“If you mean a protest might have prevented her abortion and saved her sanity,”
I was not the father. Her pregnancy was a number of years after I was last with her, and I knew nothing about her having an abortion until some years after. It was during a number of years when I had no contact with her.
We later got together at her parents NC mountain retreat many years later, late 1990s..
“By the time it got into my thick skull that smoking was bad, it took another 10 or 15 years to finally get off of the addiction completely”
Good, you will not be blowing smoke in my face when you come to visit soon :P No one in our group smokes, but on very rare occasion, I can enjoy a good cigar ;)
“I’m stretchin’ a hammock between two banana trees and vegitatin’ my life away”
Yes, that is the life for us old goats, but always time for our gathering in the bear garden for a few San Migs.
Weather is blustery today from some tropical storm that they can not figure out where it is really going. Latest that I saw on Typhoon2000.com is that it is now diving south to your neck of the woods....Stay safe.
Dave is in the mountains today. Only Charlie from Cape Cod and myself had a few beers in our beach garden.
It is my understanding that what we are attempting to do at the abortion mills is to offer an alternative to these troubled mothers to be. Not to protest, not to call them sinners, but to let them know that there are agencies that will help them through their pregnancies.
and we can kill
THAT'S what I see.
We can also publicly Witness for God. This has an effect on others that we may not see.
Here's something that happened this past October.
Standing on the street with a cold wind blowing, did not seem to be anything happening in the blue building, feeling a bit sorry for myself, wanting to get warm.
A dark haired young woman approached me from the convenience store parking lot. I said, Hello." She spoke not a word, but extended a hand to shake. She silently looked into my eyes, then handed me a note.
"24 years ago my mother went to a place like this because she thought she was too young and she couldnt financially take care of me. She saw people like you and stated crying and drove away. 9 months later, she had me. I want to thank you all for what you do and what you stand for. Because of people like you, Im alive. 2 weeks ago I saved a 3 year old from getting hit by a truck. If I hadnt pulled him away he would have died. So in a way people like you saved his life too. Keep it up. Pass it along. God bless you all and God bless America."
Suddenly, I did not feel the cold.
Second, you should go to experience the power of the devil. Non-charismatic evangelicals are unhealthily skittish about the reality of spiritual warfare. We are practical modernists, believing the invisible realm doesnt touch this realm. You cannot make that mistake at a killing center. The sense of demonic presence is oppressive, weighty. Never is that power greater than when proclaiming Jesus to those leading their little ones to death. The devil doesnt take well to our kneeling before His gates. -Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.
"There is no stopping abortion without an ocean of grace from Jesus Christ. No way will human means stop abortion...The principal source of this grace is the Holy Eucharist." -Fr. Hardonhttp://adorationrocks.com/
"If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." -Mother Teresa
"I firmly believe that if every one of the billion plus Catholics in the world spent an hour one day a week before the Blessed Sacrament, every major crisis, every major scandal, abortion and acts of international terrorism would stop!" -Fr. Louis Guardiola
The "kill" option is probably off the table for the most part lest it become "murder". In the New Covenant era, we are not the true judges as He has reserved the right.The call of the article to proclaim them all as sinners who need to repent, while long-term correct, only serves to push them away instead of drawing them into the conversation.So many want to go "hard core" and they miss the counsel given us. One example is the bit about if a man will not work, he should not eat. They tell us to make the offender aware of the transgression that he might be ashamed and change his ways, but they also tell us to do it lovingly. Too many "crusaders" going the hard core route and forgetting the love...
That would be Chahlie from the Cape ... unless he ain’t.
“Protest” is the wrong word, and should not be the approach used in front of clinics.
Prayerful, loving, discouragement.
Offer alternatives, and real help.
Ugly signs and pictures are fine for our legislators, but they do nothing for the stressed out mother approaching the clinic.
The same is true with the taunts of HELL AND DAMNATION.
These women need to feel they can reach out and have hope and support.
You have between 15 and 60 seconds to change her mind.
It must be with honey, not vinegar.
The March of Life on Washington is Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
They only need to be effective to the female walking into the butcher shop.
I most emphatically disagree. It is much to be regretted that you seem to be trying to wall off our Evangelical brothers and sisters.
I have seen this "walling off" from both sides, as a matter of fact. I don't think that God (or the unborn) are much impressed with such forms of piety. iMo
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