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REAL BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, BREAKING: Concrete Contractor Identified

It’s been very difficult for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast [PPFA] to build their proposed site built on South Claiborne Ave in the very heart of New Orleans. Planned Parenthood stooped so low that it used its racist roots to go for minority businesses to build their killing center AFTER no one would.

Planned Parenthood was supposed to be open for business/baby killing last year and because of the non-stop, diligent work from Louisiana Coalition for Life and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the photo below shows the ‘progress’ since May of 2013. Read more of the history of Planned Parenthood in Louisiana here. Boycotting WORKS.

It was also noticed by KeepLifeLegal that during this tumultuous time in New Orleans history, THERE IS NO 40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRESENCE. How does this happen that the local 40 Days for Life has considered this campaign to be unimportant?

KeepLifeLegal is a supporter of 40 Days for LIFE. Here, we are appalled at the local level inactivity in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Planned Parenthood of New Orleans on South Claiborne Ave
Planned Parenthood of New Orleans on South Claiborne Ave

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Last week we wrote (see urgent update below) about the resumption of work at the Planned Parenthood proposed site in New Orleans.  Since then, we have confirmed that the company providing the concrete is Absolute Concrete Services.  Planned Parenthood has previously indicated that it was their inability to obtain concrete that was holding up the project.  Businesses doing business with Planned Parenthood say it is all about the money.  However, as one local pastor said, “you can’t wash the blood off of the money you receive from Planned Parenthood”.  Please contact Absolute Concrete Services and the other businesses helping to build this child killing center and help them understand this simple truth.

Also, The New Orleans Advocate published a story about the work going on at the Claiborne Avenue site and the effectiveness of pro-lifers.  God bless everyone who has joined us in this effort.

This is an urgent update.  Planned Parenthood and their General Contractor, Barre McNeely, have resumed work on the Claiborne Avenue abortion facility in New Orleans.  Several businesses have been identified as participating in this project and we urge you to contact businesses on the list of those helping to build the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Share with these businesses in a respectful and polite way that this is an abortion facility.  Please be sure that you are calling and writing from the most current list and please share this information with friends and family, including social media.  If you receive a response from any of the businesses, we would appreciate it if you would share that with us on the Contact Us page of the website.

For over eight months, the Planned Parenthood abortion facility site at 4636 S. Claiborne Avenue had remained quiet.  The only thing growing was weeds.   In January of this year, the Louisiana Department of Health denied Planned Parenthood a “Certificate of Need”.  This is a legally required permit issued by the state upon certification that a medical or abortion facility is actually needed in the geographical area.  Planned Parenthood maintained that New Orleans should have 2,844 more abortions than are currently performed in the New Orleans area and they (Planned Parenthood) want to sell those additional abortions.  The State of Louisiana has ruled that there are already enough facilities providing abortions in Greater New Orleans.  Planned Parenthood is appealing the state’s decision.

Without this “Certificate of Need”, Planned Parenthood cannot legally operate an abortion facility in New Orleans.  However, this week, they began working at the site again and apparently are trying to repair the foundation and preparing to pour concrete, perhaps as early as next week.  That is why it is urgent that we reach out to those now working at the site.

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#TBT: Protesters as Terrorists goes JUST ONE WAY.

Although this information came from a 2009 article and report, the impression that conservative protesters are terrorists has not changed:

Just weeks after a scandal erupted over a Department of Homeland Security report that described as “right-wing extremists” those who oppose abortion and support secure national borders, another report is revealing that the Department of Defense is teaching that protesters are “low-level terrorists.”

Do you have the audacity to:

  • Oppose abortion
  • Oppose same-sex marriage
  • Oppose restrictions on firearms
  • Oppose lax immigration laws
  • Oppose the policies of President Obama regarding immigration, citizenship, and the expansion of social programs
  • Oppose continuation of free trade agreements
  • Are suspect of foreign regimes
  • Fear Communist regimes
  • Oppose a “one world” government
  • Bemoan the decline of U.S. stature in the world
  • Are upset with loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and India, and more

Looks like this so-called terrorism only goes ONE WAY? 

When we attended the protest at the Texas state capital July of 2013, it was the ultra liberal protesters clad in orange that brought and/or threatened to bring used tampons, excrement and bottles of urine. I’m sure they forgot how they literally spit on prolifers and taunted? OH….did I mention that many of them were PAID to be there? Personally, I brought a big hat to keep the sun off my face. How’s that for extreme?

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2009/06/101473/#126fkrPrstUGJja3.99

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#TOLERANCE BYTES: The Michael Brown Effect

One day *Ferguson was a normal under-performing suburb with families and immigrants and refugees trying to get along their daily lives, some living hand-to-mouth, some on the street, some doing better. Ferguson is just like a lot of other outlying burbs next to major cities, some do better or worse than others. In this economy, I would call Ferguson ‘normal’. And just like most burbs next to major cities, Ferguson has a median income of $36K, median home of $92K, lost about 5% of population since the last census, 65% black/30% white; in other words, Ferguson is doing way better economically than most burbs next to major cities, including where I live. But what we did not know was how Ferguson was hanging precariously in the balance. The racial divide was about to erupt.

KEEPLIFELEGALPredicting this racial eruption was not as hard as you would think, if you add the slumping economy into the mix. People on hard times react differently than normal, they feel cornered and on edge. Life is hard when there is limited work and opportunities.

And then August 9th happened. It was the match that lit a fire, and that fire spread from all over Ferguson and across the country, causing racial division and hatred. This was not a civil rights case, and if it were, it does not give leeway to commit crimes of any kind. People of Ferguson and across the country decided to commit crimes in Mike Brown’s name to give it ‘credibility’ and an excuse.

However, this article is not about Michael Brown, it is about the effect his case made to make normal every day people to loot, set fires, roll cars, etc. This is about how close we are to every religion or race to erupt and cause what may be irreversible harm and injury to everyone.

American citizens are being indoctrinated with Islam, it being calledKEEPLIFELEGAL a ‘peaceful religion’. We see muslims literally imported to the United States taking our own resources we cannot have. Schools are allowing Islam in, forcing Christianity OUT. Some schools have field trips to mosques, girls told to wear hijab. But as I just mentioned, the resources are given to them while decent tax paying citizens are living in their cars and eating at soup kitchens because these so-called refugees are given whatever they want, including money to open their own business, etc.

Peaceful? Peace loving? So were the residents of Ferguson. So were the residents of Los Angeles in the South Central riots of 1992 that killed 53. So were the residents of Detroit in the Race Riots of 1967 that killed 43. The list of riots that was caused by race, religion or economics is enormous. In other words, people riot or cause war because of an injustice or perceived injustice. Remember that Rodney King said, “Can’t we all get along?” We war each other but a new war is on the horizon.

As I said earlier, this article is not about Ferguson, but what happened to Ferguson and Los Angeles and Detroit should remind us that riots and war can happen with just one match.

Obama has once again stepped on the toes of our Founding Fathers with the blood of Christians being beheaded by Islam, and more recently 40 people were set on fire while still alive. And don’t believe the out loud ‘disassociation’ with ISIS from Islam, certainly ISIS isn’t Buddhist or Baptist – they are ISLAM; they all read the same Koran.

Obama said, “No religion is responsible for terrorism…..And we are not at war with ­Islam…..Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding” which is all a diabolical lie. Religion put Jesus Christ on a Cross to die a humiliating public death, just to name ONE act of religious terrorism. See the White House conference on “countering violent extremism” video here and read the rest here. Obama’s facts are just a bit off. Why? Because Barack Hussein Obama is protecting Islam in America.

The Koran teaches Islam to hate Christians, to kill them. This plays out in plain sight and still no one pays attention. Since 9/11, Americans are lulled asleep with lies of a religion that hates them. Our resources are used against us while our ‘president’ looks on.

The Michael Brown Effect is close, all of the pieces are in place for Islam to rise in the United States, first to cause unrest, if you can call it that after 9/11 – and then war. Just like Ferguson, every day life was what it was, predictable. And today we are just as asleep at the wheel as they were. Did Ferguson know they would riot on August 8th? No…and neither do Americans trust in the signs of the times while Islam consumes Christians one country at a time. Just one match can set a fire; just one death can cause a riot. What will it take for Islam to make sense to the average individual that they will take no prisoners?

What Ferguson did not realize is that all the pieces were in place on August 8th, tensions were high and tight, ready to do battle. What they did not know is when. When hate and race and religion are picked at long enough, August 9th will happen again – this time with Islam.

The Church needs to know their community so well that they can sense a change in the weather. Pastors are not watchman as they are called to be. If Pastors cannot discern the times, then how can they righteously arm their flock properly with the knowledge of the Word of God and the times to come?

What will be that one match to start that fire? Until that day, we may not know. Active terrorism in America is a breath away, the signs are obvious and the sky is dark. Make no mistake Christian – we will see tribulation. Soon. Because America has been tolerant, nearly to death.

Jesus said, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;  and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” Matthew 16:2-3

AND:

 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.” Ezekiel 33:7

Christian, you may think you know persecution, but I assure you that the 21 Coptic Christians would disagree with you. Persecution is coming to America, to the Church, and to every Christian in the name of a ‘peaceful religion’ and Obama has nodded in approval.

 

*revkatherinemarple is from St. Louis, Mo. and is very familiar with STL and the surrounding counties for decades.  

#TOLERANCE BYTES: Who is that one guy who preached against abortion? or, The Audacity of Matt Chandler.

That should NEVER be a question nor the exception. EVERY Pastor should be preaching against abortion so much so that the church member should be able to preach the message themselves. Just as every Christian needs to know the plan of Salvation, they too should know the Message of LIFE.

KEEPLIFELEGALThe prolife world went crazy with a Pastor that actually preached against abortion – and while that is a great thing, why is it not normal or typical of the church? Why is this so rare that the entire prolife movement made this go viral?

I am not criticizing Matt Chandler’s message. Not at all. He had the guts to call out abortion in a mega church – not a small church where you know most of the members but a church system that has ‘campuses’. But because the 51 minute message is so taboo – even in the church – he took 12 minutes to ease the crowd with anecdotes of his family life, 20 minutes to say when life begins, and finally 22 minutes to say the word “ABORTION”. What this proves is that Pastors are FEARFUL of speaking out on the murder of innocent children in the womb.

I used to believe that people hated the Message of LIFE because it KEEPLIFELEGALwas offensive to them, maybe from a past abortion experience, but I don’t think that’s true anymore.  The real reason is that when you hear the Message of LIFE, you are now responsible to be diligent in all aspects of what God wants from us, to protect His immeasurable Creation, one unborn child at a time. Now, it’s on YOU.

Why are Pastors fearful of the Message of LIFE? Money. Agenda. Power. Money. Have Pastors shown favor to those that can lift them up rather than to the lost, the dying, the infirm:

“Who do we give this power to?” said Pastor Chandler regarding making some human beings not as important as others, much like how Nazi Germany and plantation owners did. 

KEEPLIFELEGALThe Church has to stand in the Gap. There is no other way. Holding a sandwich just far enough from the homeless man to keep his attention is not the way to preach the Message; that only prolongs his hunger for the sandwich. The GOSPEL is what the lost and dying need, not bait.

PASTORS: If your church does not preach Life continually and does not have an active LIFE ministry, then you’re just playing church placating your own agenda. If you were a Doctor, would you tell the truth to your patient? Then why aren’t you doing the same for your own Church?

Your church is tolerating abortion if it is not actively preaching against abortion. The Church can’t have it both ways. Far too long have people assumed that the Church and all Christians are against abortion; while in theory they are, but not in action or deed.

 

 

#50Shades of Shame – Women, Pornography & the Church

The Facebook page has over 8 MILLION likes. But then, depravity has its minions. 50 Shades of Grey book and movie is the latest so-called ‘mommy porn’ that has also made its way to the women of the Church, and quite easily. How did Christian women get to that point?

Everything starts somewhere, there is a beginning to everything…pornography addiction, women and the church is no exception.

A preteen sees her grandmother reading paperback novels every day. Having never been a ‘reader’, this preteen asks about the books Grandma reads all the time. Grandma says that it’s nothing important, just something to while away the time. She had many hours to fill since she was wheelchair-bound, over 65 and on a fixed income. She said that she and her friends and neighbors would trade books all the time so they wouldn’t have to buy any. But the funny thing was….that she never offered one to her young granddaughter to read. Then one day, she found out Grandma’s dirty little secret. ~ Anonymous 

But don’t be fooled, those innocent little paperback romance novels emblazoned with virtuous young women and hulky square-jawed men were just as explicit as any other pornographic material. These novels have evolved into a socially accepted form of ‘entertainment’ that is nothing short of pornographic filth.

Besides 50 Shades being an obvious rip off of 9 1/2 Weeks, it is also the diving board that goes into the full blown pornography pool. And Christians, even Christian women, are all in [source]:

• 60% of all Christian men and 30% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.
• 60% of the women who answered the survey admitted to having significant struggles with lust;
• 40% admitted to being involved in sexual sin in the past year; and 20% of the church-going female participants struggle with looking at pornography on an ongoing basis.

But the most disturbing: 12 to 17 year olds are the largest consumers of Internet pornography [source].

People who are addicted to pornography are more likely to act out what they see and read than people who do not seek pornography to ‘spice up’ an otherwise normal relationship with their spouse. Are porn addicts more likely to commit rape, statutory rape, ‘crimes against nature’, and adultery?  Without hesitation, yes…just ask Ted Bundy.

Even if the actual crime was not committed, it was fantasized about and considered. Christian women need to understand that even thinking about it is fornication and adultery. Period. There is no ‘grey’ area on this anywhere in the Bible OR the Pulpit. I personally know of regular-church-going women that have read and GUSHED about 50 Shades OPENLY on social media. Of course my mind goes two places: Is this porn rag where your children can see/read it AND what else are you hiding? Books are not innocent, they are tools to teach and entertain. 50 Shades is teaching women to be victims and showing that ‘mommy porn’ is acceptable when clearly it contradicts natural affections for our spouse, family and friends.

If you have read 50 Shades and might be considering seeing the movie, I implore you to look inside yourself and ask why you need to be publicly aroused in a movie house that seats hundreds of other offenders. Porn is porn, 50 Shades is no different, these are vehicles that can change your life in an instant, going in a direction you never knew you would go, it will never be enough.

Christian women have an OBLIGATION to their families and husbands to stay away from pornography in any form, whether it be a garage sale romance novel, 50 Shades all dolled up in a glossy book cover or explicit movies and borrowed DVD’s that your husband doesn’t know about.

Christian women, wives and mothers: PRAY. You are being targeted by forces against God and nature to break up your family and ultimately your walk with Christ.

TOLERANCE BYTES: Cars, Groceries, Elitism?

We are bullied, ignored, abused, not ‘tolerated’…we are Conservative Christians. Please take your LGBT indoctrination elsewhere, but here in what was America, we have to bow down to this new elitism called TOLERANCE…which isn’t within a million miles of being tolerant of anything or anyone unless it promotes the gay agenda.

Discrimination or targeted? Obviously, Conservative Christians are treated as some kind of monster that feeds off of the so-called oppressed classes. What a lousy lie and at the VERY least, abominable.

Tolerance works just one way, the way of the protected classes. Laws are created to protect certain sects of people; there is no “all men are created equal” anymore. I suppose all businesses should have signage that says whether or not they are Conservative Christians…you know, so that they can be targeted easier. I have to wonder how many bakeries the lesbian couple went to before they found one that refused their government-protected-class-they-can-do-anything-and-not-get-persecuted rhetoric. Then, any elitist can discriminate and ruin a business that other people labored over for years and years? HOW IS THAT TOLERANT?

Do you buy groceries at Kroger? Do you drive a Chevrolet or Ford? How do you take your coffee at Starbucks? If you buy at these businesses, then you should know that every employee has been FORCED to take LGBT tolerance and diversity classes and tests, on an ongoing basis for just 4% of the total population. And if an employee chose not to take these courses of forced indoctrination, that employee will be fired. Period.

Did you know that General Motors is all in? Straight from Detroit, all dealers…you know, the OWNERS…has to abide by all diversity and tolerance training or they can lose their franchise regardless of their personal objections or conscience? General Motors shows no tolerance to the dealers that keep them IN BUSINESS. Conservative Christian GM dealership owners are forced to succumb to the gay agenda or forced out of business. Period.

FINE. Force every employee to take diversity training…but be fair and force every same employee to take tolerance training for Conservative Christian customers and employees AND make labor groups for class protection AND contribute to Conservative Christian outreaches and parades and cookie sales AND target marketing and advertising to Conservative Christian consumers/sympathizers AND philanthropic support of Conservative Christian organizations and events. I do believe that would be….at the VERY LEAST….tolerant, fair.

SO, until Conservative Christians get their fair shake, I’ll just go grab a chicken sandwich…the oppression is brutal.

Chick-fil-A Day

 

SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: WE are the 1%

While on the sidewalk for a prayer meeting yesterday, we were discussing the ‘remnant‘ and boots on the ground evangelism, “Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace,” Romans 11:5. One of the faithful said we aren’t just the remnant, WE ARE THE 1%.

I’ve always said we are the remnant within the remnant. Seeing the apathetic ‘church’ do essentially NOTHING, or even worse are those that love to tell you what to do, that you’re doing it wrong…AND STILL DO NOTHING. We can’t live for them or worship for them, we simply do what God calls us to do.

“Unless the Lord of hosts
Had left to us a very small remnant,
We would have become like Sodom,
We would have been made like Gomorrah.” [Is 1:9]

According to all of the prochoice/proabort clumps of cells, we are extreme because we show up to give real actual tangible support to grieving pre-abortive women and girls.

Extreme. We. Are. Extreme.

Some of these clumps of cells have the guts to call us Christian terrorists…but consider this: WHO aborted their own innocent flesh and blood? WHO paid the executioner? Then, WHO is the terrorist? And, it is YOU who made government SO HUGE that it FUNDS this psychotic terrorism of innocent unborn children. Read more about this here.

Fellow sidewalk warriors, don’t get sidetracked by proabort clumps of cells that despise the calling and the faithful. Don’t allow opposition to create a wall you can’t seem to climb, and don’t believe for one minute that your time on the sidewalk was for nothing.

One mom at a time, one baby at a time. True evangelism is why we are there; we can’t save anyone but Jesus can. And no matter how big the problem is, God is bigger:

“And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.” Ezra 9:8

Pray on. Be extreme, be the 1%.

#2015 is the Year of…Awakenings?

revkatherinemarple:

Put your ear to the ground and you’ll hear the thundering hooves of horses with an army of riders; we are in the end of end times, Christians are a remnant within the remnant. Be ever vigilant, be watchful. And Happy New Year.

Originally posted on My Life as a Christian:

The Bible is ALIVE, the beating heart of God. It is showing through literal signs and wonders that we are in the end of end times. The world will never get better but it may seem quiet at times. And like a quiet toddler in another room, be VERY afraid. This is what the Lord told me:

MYLIFEASACHRISTIAN Three tubs of aborted baby remains going to the incinerator.

Abortion will continue to drop and a resurgence will erupt in certain states to literally draw ‘customers’, I feel they may be NY, CA, WA & IL. Roe makes sure that every state will offer abortion services even it it’s just one facility left in that state. The murderous Left chants ‘undue burden’ which is an outright lie. But we know that! But does the general population? Not yet. That is the job of prolife advocates and conservative elected officials.

The Church…

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Even though it’s Christmas.

standwithunborntexaswomenA recent blog post by another WP blogger, that I will not dignify with a link back, tells a story of her Christmas wish: “I had dreams of blood on a toilet seat.  It was like a fantasy.  I’ve been treating my body like shit, like it’s my enemy.  This morning, I sobbed in terror as my husband stroked my head trying to comfort me.  All I could think was that I wanted to make my body such a toxic, untenable place, that nothing else develops, and I just miscarry.”

If abortion is so….normal, then why panic attacks? Why tears? The fact that this young woman won’t give her name, not that we need or even want to know it, but it tells a tale of regret and shame: “For safety purposes, this blog will remain anonymous until I feel it’s safe to be open and honest about my choice(so, maybe never?)”

What the rest of this woman’s post says is that she is horrified to be pregnant and hates waiting until AFTER Christmas. She does not realize that if she has a ‘Christmas abortion’, she will be reminded of her ‘choice‘ every Christmas, of the life she sacrificed for her own selfishness.

This ‘choice‘, this ‘right‘, KILLS. And the truth is that she, along with most women, KNOWS that abortion kills a baby. The ‘blob of tissue‘ excuse is exactly that, an excuse. Biology is like math, neither can lie.

Selfishness is a long road to take care of. And obviously people die in the wake of it. Just today, OVER 3500+ people will die from selfishness. And all of you prochoicers can squawk about ‘exceptions’ and ‘safe, legal, and rare’ but all you are doing is prolonging the inevitable: All people, born and unborn, will be recognized to be just as important, with the same rights, as YOU. Why does that offend you so much? How does killing unborn children make you more of a woman? All abortion does is make you more of a murderer.

Then, what would I say to her, and others like her, if I could? So much can be said: statistics of deaths, infertility, depression, suicide…BESIDES a lifetime of regret and shame. But wait, there’s more…

There is one more thing that needs to be addressed about your abortion: What will you tell your future surviving children of their aborted sibling? Will you tell them of how they ‘made the cut’ but this baby did not? How can you explain that you also had the ‘choice’ to abort them, too? How will you keep them from having nightmares of being torn and shredded by an abortionist’s hand?

But there is one thing that all of us praying prolifers can do is PRAY FOR HER. She has not aborted yet. We need to pray for her, her husband and her innocent unborn child. While someone should shake some sense into this woman, it’s her child who will suffer being torn and shredded or burned with chemicals.

See more here, PLEASE pray for her. And remember, Christmas is just another day to an abortionist…nothing more. Pray for the eyes of the abortionists and their workers to be opened to the truth of abortion.

To this woman I say, “This Christmas you want an abortion, but you can have MANY Christmases with this little one to share, love, and give.”

Merry Christmas to her little one. I prayerfully hope that her child will see many  more.

Are Those Being Aborted Our Neighbors? | BreakPoint

Are Those Being Aborted Our Neighbors? If so, are we loving them as Ourselves?
By: Rolley Haggard | BreakPoint
The apocryphal story is told of a man who, hearing Christ’s reply to the Pharisees regarding the Greatest Commandment, and having purer motives than they, subsequently went to Jesus for further clarification.
“Master,” he said, “I really do want to please God. I want to love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and might. How, practically speaking, do I do that?”
As the story goes, the Lord looked at him and, perceiving that he really was in earnest, said, “The First and Greatest Commandment is fulfilled by obeying the Second Commandment, which is like the First. You demonstrate that you indeed love God when you go and love your neighbor as yourself. The one who says he loves God whom he has not seen, but does not love his neighbor whom he has seen, deceives himself. In truth he loves neither. But the one who, for God’s sake, loves his neighbor as himself, loves both his neighbor and God. For God loves your neighbor—indeed, He loves even your enemy—and if you also love your neighbor, then you honor God by loving what He loves. But if you do not love your neighbor like God loves him, then neither do you love God. That is why I said the Second Commandment is like the First, and why I said on these two Commandments hang all the Law and prophets.
A purely apocryphal story, to be sure. But as related scriptural truths are incorporated into the account, it provides illuminating commentary on one of the most important ideas in allthe Bible: that God really wants us to take this “love your neighbor as yourself” thing seriously.
Which brings us back to the question: Are the preborn American babies who are being aborted at the rate of 3,500 per day our “neighbors”?
The Wrong Question
Frankly, it’s the wrong question to ask. Why? Because it’s just an evasive rehash of the age-old question “Who is my neighbor?” And I hesitate to answer that, not because the answer isn’t clear and unequivocal, but precisely because it is. We already know the answer. Every human being is our neighbor. We shouldn’t have to ask the question. To ask a question the answer to which we already know suggests a desire to sidestep the implications.

Such contrivances aren’t new. It is exactly what happened the first time the question came up. We all know the story: In the run-up to the parable of the Good Samaritan, an expert in Jewish law asked Christ how one inherits eternal life. But he wasn’t sincere. Luke says he was testing Jesus. The Lord put the question back to him to reveal his duplicity: “What does the Law say?” He asked. The lawyer correctly answered, “That we should love God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.” One can almost hear Christ’s thoughts: So you already know the answers to these questions, don’t you? The lawyer, aware his hypocrisy had been detected, sought to cover it up. Wanting to justify himself, he asked, “And who is my neighbor?”

Isn’t that just what we are doing? By not acknowledging that those being aborted are, indeed, our neighbors for whom we have direct responsibility, aren’t we in effect asking, “Who is my neighbor?” just like the lawyer? According to Christ, “Who is my neighbor?” is the wrong question to ask because we already know the answer. It is merely a dodge to avoid responsibility. By it we subtly seek to justify apathy and inaction towards those who desperately need our help.

The Right Question

So what is the right question to ask regarding those being aborted? In a sermon on The Good Samaritan titled “Love Your Unborn Neighbor,” John Piper points to it:

“The question about what kind of man is dying is not even in the story any more. The whole focus is now on the kind of people who are walking by. The first two felt no compassion. The Samaritan was a different kind of person. So when you get to the end, what’s the question Jesus asks? Was it, ‘So was the wounded man a neighbor?’ No. That is not the question. Jesus asked the lawyer, ‘Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?’ The lawyer said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You go, and do likewise.’ No answer to his question: Who is my neighbor? Instead: Go become a new kind of person. Go get a compassionate heart.”

The right question, the one we ought to be asking, is not “Are those being aborted our neighbors,” but “Am I compassionate towards them in the same practical way the Good Samaritan was? Am I doing anything to save them from death?”

The point of Christ’s parable was to get us to face the truth about our own lack of compassion. We already know the unborn are our neighbors. The question is, how are we, the church of Jesus Christ, loving them? What are we doing on their behalf that would make Christ say, “Yes, that is loving your neighbor and that is proof you really do love God”?

The sad truth is, we aren’t doing a blessed thing. In saying this I don’t mean to minimize the incalculable importance of those who are seeking by myriad peaceable means to draw attention to the plight of the preborn. But they are, percentage-wise, a mere handful.

The apostle Paul said, “No one ever hated their own body.” If each of us loved these little neighbors as we ought—“as ourselves”—we would envision having our own bodies torn limb from limb and would be unable to remain silent and apathetic any longer.

Connecting the Dots

We know the right thing to do. We just haven’t been willing to do it. Scripture is unequivocal: “Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, oh hold them back.”

Abortion continues because we willfully ignore our tiny neighbors. Until we go beyond saying we believe in the sanctity of life and start demonstrating it by becoming relentless vocal advocates, the slaughter will go on and history will record the church believed it was sufficient to merely say, but not show, it cared for people.

Assuredly, we will pay a price if, in this culture of death, we open our mouths to make abortion unlawful and unthinkable. But we—and our neighbors—will pay a bigger price if we don’t.

What matters most often turns on a single act of the will. We have been called to lose our lives for Jesus’ sake. That means choosing to lose our lives for our neighbor’s sake. These forsaken babies are our neighbors. For Jesus’ sake, let’s connect the dots.

“To know how to die is to know how to live.” ~ Unknown

“Last Will”

Words—shocking as the cold Antarctic sea
Where ghostly green the lucent glaciers wend
With boat-upturning waves—swept over me:
“Who loves his life will lose it in the end.”
Like beasts we fought, two mortal men, for breath,
Obeying naught but instinct’s urgency;
Each one the other’s stepping stone from death
To thrust away unsought eternity.
“Dear God!” I cried, “O give me now the faith
To put the selfish, murderous thought away,
And grant to me the grace of one last breath
That I, to save my neighbor’s life, might pray
With groans more eloquent than angel tongues;
Then, let your living water fill my lungs!”

Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.