Don't Turn Away -- Do Something!
By: Rob Looper
January 7, 2016 7:51 AM
The truth can be horrifically ugly.
Though we turn our heads, for example, from grisly historical images of genocide and recent videos of ISIS beheadings, we cannot deny the truth that men can and do inflict incredible evil upon other human beings. The recently released videos from the Center for Medical Progress have revealed this same evil is at work among us by exposing the ugly truth that the abortion industry is just that—an industry. Planned Parenthood, besides being a purveyor of legal murder, is clearly engaged in selling pieces or, as the most recent video has revealed, in some cases practically intact corpses of aborted babies for use in “research.” Several “health professionals” are clearly seen talking about methods that make the best “specimens” for sale. Quite aside from the moral repugnancy of these actions, it is illegal to sell fetal tissue from abortions.
This is an ugly, ugly thing to think about. But we must not only think about it, we must take this opportunity to deal a blow to the abortion industry in general and Planned Parenthood in particular. As your pastor, I am urging you to take advantage of this moment to engage. I believe what follows is what God would have us all, as Christians, to do.
Second, you must watch the videos. Yes, the videos are difficult to watch. The callousness of “doctors” talking about “specimens” while sipping wine in fancy restaurants is gut wrenching. To recoil is understandable—but to turn away is unconscionable.
Third, you must pressure congress to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. A Senate vote last week failed, but there were several Democrat defectors—and there will be more if we keep the pressure up. There are several ways to go about this. Go here and sign the Center for Medical Progress petition; it calls for congress to investigate Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of body parts. Such an investigation is in fact scheduled for this fall, in part due to this petition, but it is still important for as many people to sign it as possible to continue to demonstrate just how many are indignant. Go here to contact Jeff Miller (or your own congressman if you are outside of Pensacola) and urge him (or her) to defund Planned Parenthood.
To recoil is understandable—but to turn away is unconscionable.
The heat is on Planned Parenthood—God’s hand of providence is so powerfully clear here; while Planned Parenthood is reeling we must seek to plant the sword of truth deeply in its disgusting belly once and for all.
Fourth, you must get involved, somehow, in Pensacola. Whether it means giving money or giving time or—even better, both—there are things we can do right here in Pensacola that will make an impact.
Support and volunteer at Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center. McIlwain has long supported this ministry—and there is some way that you can be involved. Click here to learn more.
Practice peaceful, prayerful protest. Join a group of like-minded Christians on Friday mornings at 5:45 a.m. in front of Pensacola’s last abortion mill. It is located at 6115 Village Oaks Drive, which is behind Hobby Lobby off of Davis. Protesters are not allowed to park in the shopping center across from Hobby Lobby, but if drive to the end of the road you may park on the road next to a vacant lot. Several different groups meet there, but there is a group of folks from several churches, including McIlwain, who read Scripture, pray and often sing a hymn. If you want to attend, email me and I will give you more details.
Fifth, you must pray. Pray that our government will end its funding of Planned Parenthood. Pray that he will use these recent and upcoming videos from CMP to change people’s hearts and minds about abortion. Pray that Christians across America will be convicted to take action—and that they would have courage to follow through. Pray for the closing of Pensacola’s last abortion mill—and pray that God would lead women in crisis pregnancies to connect. Safe Harbor. And pray for God to grant repentance—to our country, to Christians for their functional denial in this critical area and, if necessary, to you, for whatever excuse you have offered in the past for looking away and doing nothing. God is a gracious--and he will richly bless your prayer of repentance and faith in Christ and empower you to do his will in this so important time in which he has placed us.
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?(Proverbs 24:10-12 ESV)