No Longer Silent
I can no longer sit silently. I can no longer swallow my voice down. I can no longer…
I have stood at the abortion clinic in Raleigh for over two years now, and I have remained silent for too long. You might ask, “Why?” Why have I remained silent?
Honestly, I think it has been because the clinic is so much to take in. In this short page, there would be no way to share all of the stories from my trips to the abortion clinic. In the last two years, I have felt the emotions of sadness, anger, shame, horror, and encouragement. But I will admit that most of those emotions are on the same day. It is very hard to articulate what happens at the abortion clinic and why I feel a burden to be there weekly as part of GGM. Finally, I will try to put my thoughts into words.
Friends, we are living in a time that is honestly quite concerning. We live in a time where we turn a blind eye if the law/government says abortion is legal; a time where everyone has rights, and we turn a blind eye; a time where everyone does what makes them happy, and we turn a blind eye; a time where people call themselves Christians but turn a blind eye to the murder of babies, because God forgives.
I honestly wonder how we got here. I worry about the future of our children and grandchildren. This is a day and age where no one judges, no one condemns, and no one speaks the truth for fear of offending. This is a dangerous place to be. I can tell you the world is concerning, and as Christians, we must pray harder than we have ever prayed before. I want to tell you what happened to stop my silence.
Today, I arrived at the clinic (just like each week in the past). As Tommy and I got started, I noticed two women sitting out front waiting for the clinic to open, including another car with two other women waiting. Tommy began calling out to them with the truth from the Bible. The ladies got out from the car and went up to the building to wait for the doors to open, all while listening to the truth. But the sad truth is they refused to listen, got angry, and then voiced their opinion.
The older woman told us that we were wrong, that the baby “wasn’t’ a baby yet” and “with the way the world is, why would anyone bring a baby into this world.” In the end, she said God forgives so it wouldn’t matter what she did. WATCH THE ENCOUNTER HERE
Twenty minutes later, a nurse for the clinic pulled in and got out of her car, she wanted to tell us: “I am a born-again Christian, a chaplain, and I believe God has called me to work here and help these women. I sometimes pray with them and help them.” After she finished, we responded with, “Where in the bible does it say murder is ok?” More was said, and I would love to share this story with you in detail. WATCH THE ENCOUNTER HERE
This encounter of blindness is why I can no longer remain silent. Do you know how many people tell us they are a Christian when we go to a clinic? It is truly shocking! They say things like, “God Forgives”, or “Don’t Judge”, or “God is loving”, etc. They tell us we are hypocrites, that we need to love the women and not judge them. The nurse told us we need to tell the women, “we will pray for you,” and that is all we should say.
It was a tough day, and there are more stories like this. But this day, it was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ so to speak. I couldn’t stop the tears; I couldn’t stop the heartache; I couldn’t stop the shock of what this world has become, and I couldn’t help but realize that I was once like those women—blind to my sin.
Today I was reminded that I was that person! I was blind to the truth of my sin. I believe that today, it finally hit me that I was once like the ladies I call out to each week. The only difference between us is that I sought the Lord for the forgiveness of my sins, and I repented of these sins and turned away toward another path.
What concerns me about days like this (and other days) is the number of ladies, men, drivers, (etc.) that stop and tell us they are Christians and that God will forgive them. The nurse told us she was a Christian, a Chaplain, and that she was “called by God” to work there, which shook me to the core. What are we preaching from the pulpit for her to think that is okay? Why are we living in an age where people do whatever they want and claim, “It’s okay. God will forgive me.”
Yes, God will forgive us if we genuinely call out to him for forgiveness and turn away from our sin to go the other way! This is certainly true. But if we walk around doing whatever we want and count on God to overlook our actions, there is a problem.
Next week, I will go back to the clinic, and honestly, I don’t want to. I would prefer to spend my day doing what I want to do. But I cannot turn my head, and I cannot remain silent anymore!
Please email me, call me, or let’s grab a coffee and talk through this story and much more.
Psalm 14 reads,
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.
2 The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.
4 Do all the workers of wickedness not know,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?
5 There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.
6 You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,
But the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores His captive people,
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
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