Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sitting On The Sidelines

Some, or many of you have probably witnessed a fight at some point in your life.  Others were the ones throwing the punches.  For the most part, the fights were probably petty, over girl/boyfriends or some other dopey reason to waste a lot of energy and/or blood.

Then there are those fights where you feel like you are trying to prevent someone from doing you serious harm.  I had the unfortunate experience of having to defend myself, or fear for my well-being, a lot until I graduated from high school.

I can tell you from experience that stopping the other person/people from hurting you badly is something that really gets the heart pounding, fast, & loud.

I remember the people on the sidelines, yelling "Punch him in the face!" & "Beat him up!."  Actually you don't hear much when you're in a fight, you're too busy trying to survive it without a bloody nose, busted jaw or missing tooth.  And remember, your heart is pounding, fast & loud.

One time, this guy I was fighting was really angry & it was all I could do to hold him off.  By the way, I didn't like hitting people in the face, and because of that, some fights were probably prolonged.  Anyway, suddenly, someone grabbed me from behind & yelled for the others to do the same to the other guy.

That didn't happen.  What did happen is the guy I was fighting saw his opportunity & came charging at me, fists flying.  I turned as much as I could, but it's hard to defend yourself with someone holding both arms behind your back.  Fortunately I broke loose & managed to defend myself until the fight was broken up.

Sometimes, in the pro-life movement, I can sense people holding my arms, weakening my defense for the unborn.  It's sad that people view the fight for the unborn as a competition.  Lives are lost, no, people are killed because of this petty behavior.

Let me move on to the "Tell me how you really feel" part of this story.  Pro-life is an action, not a word.  If all you do is talk about how bad abortion is, or if all you do is tell people you are pro-life, then I have some strong words for you.

To sit on the sidelines while people are dying is pathetic.  There is no excuse.  Four thousand people in America are killed every day by their mothers, inside what is supposed to be the most protected place in the world, the womb.

There is no middle and there is no neutral.  If you aren't actively engaged in the pro-life movement, you ARE pro-abortion. Not only that, even if you are only donating money, that's not good enough. This isn't like a real war where you have to worry about being shot at. There are plenty of things you can do, like call for life every month. No if, ands or buts. Everyone can do both, and no part/sum is too small.

Thirty-two years ago, on a Friday, I was celebrating the news that I was going to be a dad.  I partied through the weekend with my friends & was amazed at the miracle of life.  On Monday, I found out my girlfriend was forced by her parents to have an abortion.

I couldn't believe what mankind was capable of & never really knew what abortion was, until my child, my girlfriend, our friends & our families became just another set of statistics.

I felt like I had lost the biggest fight in my life, & I never even had a chance to swing a fist.  There's nothing so final as someone telling you your child is dead, even if you never met her.

During Nazi Germany, Germans sat on the sidelines & millions died. During the times of slavery & civil rights abuses, many died & were oppressed and Americans sat on the sidelines.  Now, 50 million people are killed every single year around the world and billions of people are sitting on the sidelines.

How about you?

Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck,  church leaders & all of you so-called "conservatives", if you are not a part of the solution, you are a big part of the problem.  I don't care what you MIGHT be doing behind the scenes.  The conservative media all rose up against President Bush's immigration bill and ended  it. You can do the same with abortion.  

Speeches don't count.  Millions of people are looking for church and conservative media for leadership, yet you are AWOL.

Now for the good news.  None of us are forced to be on the sidelines, we choose to be there, and that's something we can quickly & easily change, and if you're a Christian, you know Who to ask for help.

I believe the reason almost all pro-life activists are Christian is because Christ picked us.  I'm honored to be one of his grunts.  He picked you too, but maybe you just don't know it yet.

We can end abortion.  We will end abortion.  When it happens, will you be able to look your children in the eyes & say "I was there.  Christ picked me to save His children, and I served him with honor."

Pro-Life Unity

United We Stand - Divided They Die

Peter Shinn
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