Standing for Life Isn’t Politics….it’s Sacrifice and Service

Last year about this time I took a trip to Memphis to meet with the local Morning Center staff.   We had a celebration/reunion with some of the former patients while I was there, and another Morning Center board member, Walter Hoye, was there with us.  When Walter spoke to the staff, which was incredibly inspiring, he quoted from Leviticus:

And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.

via Leviticus 5 KJV  – Bible Gateway.

Walter got across to us pretty quickly that being pro-life wasn’t a political view, but a view that should lead us to action:

Heaven doesn’t care how things work out politically…heaven cares whether you are committed to being a witness for truth.

And Walter understood that it took sacrifice.  He’s been arrested for standing for life.  And during an arrest he was told this:

“Jesus has a tendency to discourage women from having an abortion.” — Oakland police officer to Walter Hoye while arresting him for sidewalk counseling.

That officer, whether he knew it or not, was making a profound statement of truth.  When the truth is preached to women on the verge of paying someone to murder her child the truth has a way of lighting a fire in the conscience.  And that’s why we need to be there: at the clinics and proclaiming the truth and praying.  And that’s why places like the Morning Center need to be there ready to help women through pregnancies they didn’t plan or desire with first class, Gospel-centered maternity care.  And that’s why people like you and me need to be there ready to rescue the children when mamas want to place them for adoption if the mama chooses not to or cannot parent the child herself.

Being pro-life isn’t a political position.  It’s a choice.  It means shaking off the apathy and fear and standing up for mamas, babies and providing hope.  And it means serving them no matter how hard it is and sacrificing your time, money and sometimes even your freedom to provide that service to a woman created in the image of God and her child.

Will you join me and the Morning Center in the work we’ve been called to do?  If so:  Pray. Give. Stand. Serve.

 

 

 

Choice is a Misnomer

It’s been increasingly apparent that “pro-choice” is a euphemism.  When the pro-life/anti-abortion crowd talks about choosing life, the abortion industry moves politically to silence them or rhetorically to make them sound foolish.  Here’s a great post on the rhetoric and how it’s continually changing and becoming more apparent what is at stake for the pro-abortion side:

In other words, the humanity of the dead fetus matters not a whit. That’s known as truth in advertising.With this kind of advocacy increasing, it is clear now that pro-abortionists also want Roe v. Wade overturned. Why? Roe permitted limits.

via “Pro-Choice” Mask Increasingly Coming Off | National Review Online.

It’s not too long and well worth a read.  Let’s be honest with each other on this important topic.  Abortion/life is not a political issue.  It’s an issue of societal importance because it surrounds how we view children.  And a child, even before he or she crosses the birth canal, is a child.  A living, soul filled, child created in the image of God.  And purposely ending the life of a child, no matter the age, is murder.  And for the other side honesty means admitting this:  the child is alive but that life is worth less than the life of the one choosing to end the life of the child.

Additionally the pro-life side needs to be fighting this battle in the soul and heart of the people affected, primarily the poor, rather than just in the political sphere.  And that means more ministry like Cities for Life, Save the Storks and the Morning Center.

What About Human Life?

Abortion is an emotionally charged issue.  It gets talked about under the categories of women’s rights, politics, privacy, freedom of choice, and individual liberties among others.  The pro-life “cause” gets labeled a political issue, but for most of us it isn’t that at all.  We started the Morning Center because the issue is mothers and babies who are created in the image of God who need Jesus.  I believe whole-heartedly that abortion, like all forms of murder, should be illegal.  But I don’t think that dealing with it is nearly that simple.

Here’s a great article that deals with the issue, and what the pro-abortion folks really think about the life of the baby:

To Recap: The American People may believe that “when a human life begins” is very relevant to the question of abortion, but leaders of the pro-abortion movement don’t.

And here’s the problem: They are well ensconced among ruling class elites. What these neo Patricians want often becomes law–regardless of the contrary opinions of the American people.

via Why Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Care Abortion Takes Human Life | National Review Online.

When life begins is important.  Don’t chase the red herrings of viability or the need of the baby to be sustained by another.  We all need others to live, and children don’t stop needing parents to take care of them until they’re much older than birth, so that argument is simply ludicrous.  Abortion is the willing taking of a life, and we need to stop, admit that, and move forward from there on how best to serve women who feel trapped in a crisis pregnancy and lead them to what they need both in terms of maternity care and spiritual care.  And those who are opposed to the life of these children know what they’re doing and have duped much of the public into following along without clearly understanding what is going on.

Consider these words from Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL and former abortionist:

“We persuaded the media that the cause of permissive abortion was a liberal, enlightened, sophisticated one,” recalls the movement’s co-founder. “Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority. We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000.”

via National Abortion Rights Action League Founder Reminisces.

Nathanson, when ultrasound technology came out, realized what was really going on and tried to stop a movement he’d founded.  Norma McCorvey (aka Jane Roe) also opposes abortion.  Most people don’t know that pro-lifers include those two names.

Children are created in the image of God and ought to be protected.   We should do it with grace towards those women who feel trapped and who are being lied to by the pro-abortion propagandists, but rescued and protected they must be.  And ministries like the Morning Center exist to rescue both mamas and babies who are stumbling to the slaughter:

If you faint in the day of adversity,

your strength is small.

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?

via Proverbs 24:10-12 – If you faint in the day of adversity, – Bible Gateway.

Someday….

I didn’t post about the sad anniversary of Roe v Wade on the 22nd because it was EJ’s birthday.  Wednesday marked 41 years since abortion has been legal in all 50 states of the U.S.A., and over 55,000,000 babies have been legally murdered since then.  That doesn’t include the legal slaughter of the unborn in states where abortion was already legal before 1973.

So you get a rare Friday post on the topic!

Some friends of mine released a movie on Wednesday called Babies are Murdered Here (#bamh).  If you are already pro-life, but don’t know what to do about it, watch that film.

If you’re not pro-life, I’d recommend the movie 180.  This is Ray Comfort’s documentary on abortion as an ethnic Jew.

Both movies are fairly short (both under an hour) and worth your time.

Abortion isn’t a political issue, though people try to make it into one.  At least no more political than whether you ought to be free to speak your mind or travel where you want to.  It’s about whether children have the right to survive in the womb, and whether we’re willing to protect them from being murdered.  I know there are many that think using the word murder to describe abortion is over the top.  To those I simply ask:  what would you call it if the father of a 4 month old baby willfully killed his child?  Just because the child is still in the womb, doesn’t making killing her any different.  Being pro-life and anti-abortion isn’t about who I vote for (though it includes that!) it’s about rescuing defenseless children from those who seek their death, and rejoicing in those children as a blessing from conception through their whole lives.  (My passion for this issue, by the way, is the key reason why we started the Morning Center, which is providing free maternity care to women in Memphis, Tennessee right now).

This is a letter I wrote last year to Ezekiel before I knew he was going to have such a traumatic experience:

Dear Ezekiel:

It seems likely that by sunup tomorrow you’ll be in your mother’s arms, nursing at her bosum.

As I type, it still seems strange that I write this from beside your mother, her resting in bed, in a dark and quiet hospital room.  You are the first child in just shy of 13 years in our family to be born in a hospital.

Why?

Because we love you.

I hate hospitals.  I haven’t smelled anything in over a decade, but I still, in my imagination, even hate the smell of hospitals.  I have never left a hospital thinking “wow…so glad for that time there!”  Even when I have been sure that it was the right place to be to save or preserve a life, I have not enjoyed being there.  And it is a distinctly awful place to have a baby.  Hospitals are for sick people, not for laboring mamas.

And yet, tonight I will spend a sleepless night in a hospital room because we love you.

We can’t be sure, but at this moment we think you mother has a not-all-that-rare liver condition called ICP.  It’s completely harmless to her, but for unknown reasons 5-10/1,000 babies die unexpectedly before birth…babies who seem perfectly healthy just hours or days before suddenly dying.  So even though the right place for you to be born is at home, we wanted you to be born alive, and so here we are, just to be safe.

It’s the right decision.  It won’t likely be the last time in your life that a decision that is best for you is inconvenient for us.  And we will always choose your life and health over our convenience and comfort.

Tomorrow is also the 40th anniversary of a horrible date in our nation’s history.  On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court declared that laws against murdering children in the womb were to be stricken down and that children like you have no rights, especially not the right to life.  And after 40 years of legalized murder of in utero children, we have seen the death of over 55 million children.  The place you are as I write, your mother’s womb, is designed to be the safest place on earth for children.  And we have made it, especially for inner-city poor children, the most dangerous place to be.  And it makes me sad.

And angry.

And this sorrow and anger has caused us to start something that will make your childhood complicated: the Morning Center.  Getting a new project off the ground takes time and effort, and our family will continue to pour time and energy into the Morning Center until it takes off and is self-sustaining.  We are behind schedule getting our first mobile care unit running in Memphis, but we will continue to labor until we see women in the city hear the Gospel and see their children as the gift from God that they are.

Welcome to the world, Ezekiel.  It is both a sad and happy place.  May you never know a day when the joy of The Lord Jesus is manifest in your heart and life.  And may you someday know a day when the murder of children in the womb is not only illegal, but is known far and wide as the evil it is.  May you see the new morning we long to see in our world where abortion dies its own death.

I love you, my son.  May your days be filled with love and grace, and may you never know a day without faith in Jesus, and may your life shine forth that same grace to others.

Your papa

May God rid our land, and every land, of this love of death.

Consistency in the Movement

A fairly recent article showed what I would say is a consistent pro-choice/pro-abortion position, one also espoused by Princeton University Ethics professor Peter Singer.  If the argument for abortion is that the baby’s life “isn’t viable” and the baby can’t take care of himself, what’s the difference between a six month old child and the baby in the womb, from an ethical stance?  Link below shows some “experts” being consistent in their ethical framework.

The article, entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, was written by two of Prof Savulescu’s former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.

They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”

via Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph.

Abortion is murder because God says the life is His, and in His image.  What makes it wrong isn’t our scientific knowledge of when life begins (though that supports it) it’s that God says it’s wrong and His image is on that child, even in the womb.

Oh, and for an example of folks trying to serve both baby and mother with excellent Gospel centered maternity care, check out The Morning Center!