Today I drove all the way downtown to sidewalk counsel only to discover that there were pro-life protesters at pp.
I am not saying everyone there was protesting, but all it takes is one person to portray an image that is not peaceful, or prayerful.
A former abortionist Dr. Nathanson from New York City presided over seventy thousand deaths and after his conversion stated, that "one prayerful person outside an abortion clinic shouts!" It stirred his conscience that he was doing evil.
This statement has always resonated in my heart.
Yes, bottom line we must be prayerful! No cell phones, no praying at women, no socializing with fellow pro-lifers, no protesting, no yelling, no preaching at the top of our lungs, no anger, no confrontation, no judging, no condemnation, no picnicking, no coffee clutches, no mocking no picketing, no abuse, no photo shoots of smiling pro-lifers or women entering, no bible thumping, no scorn, no chasing women, no laughing. no demonstrations, no debating, no staring, and no arguing.
Of course, we must also be empathetic, good listeners, Christ-like, humble, sincere and open to loving the woman right where she is at. However, even if we have some of these virtues and qualities they will be canceled out if we are engaging in contrary behavior. If we are being perceived by the general public as protesting,demonstrating, confronting then we will not be successful witnesses for life. A strict discipline of prayer must always be maintained.
Yes, we must maintain a loving and prayerful presence. It is critical that the women, doctors, nurses, and the general public arriving at an abortion clinic see a praying people. I believe there is some truth to it when the media and general public refer to us as protesters. If they perceive us as engaging in any one of the previous no, no's then its no wonder we are labeled protesters.
I have did it done it. I am ashamed to admit but my early mentoring by veteran pro-lifers included: shouting at women, please don't kill your baby and protesting with signs. I used these methods initially because it gave me a sense of power that I was actually doing something, it was all about me, satisfying my need to feel successful, a need for immediate gratification, perhaps even a feather in my cap that I had saved a baby.
Eventually, I learned to get out of God's way. He taught me how to be peaceful, prayerful so that He could use me as a "channel of grace." I learned to come out to the sidewalk not so much to focus on saving the physical life of a baby, which can be prideful, but to come to an understanding that a true save is allowing God's grace to convert hearts, saving the souls of the mom, abortionist, nurse, fathers, grandparents and anyone involved in the act of abortion from hell, through our prayers and love, not signage, not yelling, not anger and confrontation.
I sometimes reflect on what would have been the appropriate behavior had I been trying to rescue the Jews from the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz.
Would I be engaging in small talk, joking and laughing, socializing outside the death camps with my peers as the Jews cried and screamed for their lives? Would I be snacking and picnicing as they lay starving on their deathbeds? Would I be photographing prisoners as they entered the gas chambers and faced their final breath? Would I be posing with a big smile in front of human incinerators to share with my friends as they lay listless moaning,screaming and groaning from the poisonous gas?
Let us remember that abortion mills are our modern day death camps. Innocent, defenseless babies are being slaughtered here by the thousands. Let us respect the babies as they lay dying . Let us be dignified as we witness for life by our peaceful, prayerful presence. And so let us please sacrifice the small talk, joking, laughing, snacking, picnicing, photographing so that the public perceive us as serious, not frivolous and that our witness at these death centers not be in vain.
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