Category Archives: Pro-life Commentaries
I was reading a blog the other day by a Christian who was really just listing excuses for his apathy towards abortion. This person did not want to give up his Girl Scout cookies when he heard of their connection with Planned Parenthood, the largest child-killing organization in the United States. His first excuse was that they taste too good; at least this was an honest answer. Later he pulled out the classic Christian apathy excuse, sin is sin so we don’t need to worry about abortion more than any other sin. This is just a cop out, a way to deflect our responsibility to love our neighbors as ourselves. Without getting into the theology of “sin is sin” in God’s eyes, let’s look at the physical-world-reality of abortion. While abortion is a sin and will be dealt with as such by God, abortion is also an act of violence that ends the life of a human being. There are spiritual ramifications and consequences to our actions but what I want to talk about are the physical ones. I want to address the duty and responsibility given to us by God to: “Love your Neighbor as yourselves” – Mark 12:31 “Do Justly, and to love mercy” – Micah 6:8 “Rescue those being led away to death” - Proverbs 24:11 “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:17 “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed.” – Jeremiah 22:3 “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” – Psalm 82:3 I could go on and on listing where God commands action not apathy. The problem with this argument is that it ignores most of what these verses are talking about, leaving any and all action to God when we are commanded to act in cases of grave injustice. What can be more grave or more unjust than innocent babies being ripped limb from limb? Abortion is more than just sin and we must treat is as such. If we saw two sinful situations happens simultaneously, which situation would we react to? The reality is that we would judge the severity of the situation and that is how we would decide which one to react to. If you saw a man on one street corner littering and down the alley from that corner a man was sexually assaulting a woman, would you just say sin is sin and say a prayer for them? Would you be just as concerned with the man littering as you were with the woman being sexually assaulted? Of course we would be more concerned with sexual assault because it is more than just a sin or just crime, it is a violent act against another human being. There is much more urgency to the situation when someone’s physical well-being or life is at stake. Our apathy however Read More »
Stand True has had a whirlwind couple of weeks as we traveled to the Midwest March for Life where Stand True President Bryan Kemper was the keynote speaker. Bryan also led the prayer at Planned Parenthood, The March for Life Youth Rally and emceed the Students for Life of America Pep Rally in Washington DC for the March for Life. Bryan also accompanied Father Frank Pavone for the West Coast Walk for Life and spoke the West Coast Students for Life Conference. Here are a few photos from the events:
Brief thoughts on the use of photos of abortion victims and why I won’t refer to them as “graphic images” anymore.
These are not merely images, these are photos of actual children, victims, who have been brutally murdered. These children MUST be seen. The world will not reject abortion until it SEES abortion for what it truly is. I have been to Auschwitz in Poland and seen the ovens where the Jews were thrown. I have been to Corrie ten Boom’s house in Harlem, Holland and stood inside the hiding place in her wall where the Jews would hide. I have been to Birkkenau in Poland and stood outside the gas chambers where the Jews were gassed. All of these were powerful things to see and experience but still incomplete without the pictures and movies of the ACTUAL people we refer to as the Jews and what the Nazis did to them. We show the instruments used by the abortionists to kill the babies. We stand outside the buildings where the babies are butchered. We see the dumpsters and medical waste containers where babies are thrown. But none of that is complete without showing the humanity of the babies and what happens to them in the images of their bodies and what the abortionists do to them. The photos of the victims of abortion are meant to upset, nauseate, incite and motivate us. They are meant to offend to the point that we can no longer look the other way. They are disgusting, but not as disgusting as the fact that our society allows this holocaust to continue. If the photos of these victims of abortion upset you, good. I am sure these victims are pretty upset about being ripped limb from limb. There is a time and place to use photos of the victims of abortion, but they must be used and we must show the world what abortion ACTUALLY is. Bryan Kemper If you have never looked at the photos of the victims of the abortion holocaust, you can see them here - http://www.standtrue.com/graphic-photos/
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty was fired because of the cowardice of Christians to speak the truth about sin.
The irony of this news is that last night I sat down and watched my first episodes of Duck Dynasty to see what all the buzz was about and why my kids wanted Duck Dynasty stuff for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised to see the prayer led by Phil Robertson at the end of each episode, and how he talked about his wife of 50 years. This morning on Facebook I saw a post from my friend Troy Newman of Operation Rescue about Phil Robertson getting fired. He was fired from network for speaking about homosexuality. Phil simply stated his views about homosexuality and sin; he quoted the Holy Scriptures to support his Christian belief. Why was he fired for practicing free speech? Why was he fired for stating his own opinion on a subject? Why was he fired when people like Bill Maher can rant about Christians and be celebrated for it? Why was he fired? He was fired because Christians have retreated into a state of “I don’t want to offend anyone” attitude about sin. Christians would rather send a fluffy love message than proclaim that abortion is murder or that homosexuality is a sin. We have become pansies. Christianity has become so watered down as to make it palatable for the world that it has ceased to be Christianity in many ways. The problem is that God’s truth never changes, never waivers and cannot be altered to make someone feel accepted in their sin. Sin is sin and truth is not relevant. Truth is absolute. Please understand that I would never condone hating a person. We must love everyone, but loving someone does not mean we accept their sin. I love my children but that does not mean I do not correct them or warn them when they are in danger of harm or the occasion of sin. I so often hear people tell me they do not want to wear a pro-life t-shirt or speak out against abortion because they don’t want to offend someone. People will say that standing in front of an abortion mill and pleading with men and women not to kill their child is hatred. I can think of no more loving or Christian thing to do in a situation where parents are literally taking their own child into a building to have them killed, than pleading with them to turn back from the slaughter. Proverbs 24:11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. – ESV How many times have we heard jokes about Christians “needing to get laid?” How many times do we hear sexual jokes about Catholic priests? Do those people get fired from TV shows? Phil was not making jokes about homosexuals; he was not mocking them on the Duck Dynasty show. Phil Robertson was directly asked about sin and homosexuality. Phil then explained his views and his faith in that interview and is now being persecuted for Read More »
When our judgment is love and our silence is hate; calling out abortion for the violent crime it is.
In the spring of 2004, a student from McNeese State University asked me, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?” I hear things like that all the time from the students I speak to. “What can I do? I have ideas, but I don’t know what to do with them. Can I really make a difference? I’m just one person.” When this student asked me, a spark went off in my head. I replied, “What if we got students to not only act in solidarity with others, but also with the children that are dying every day?” As soon as I said it, I knew God had set something in motion inside of me. At the time, I was one person working from the basement of my home with a computer, a web site, and a small e-mail list that I had been collecting for a few months. I wasn’t really sure what could be accomplished with that, but I offered it to God and started sending out emails. We asked the students to take a vow of silence for a day, wearing red duct tape with the word “life” or “silenced” and pass out fliers explaining their silence to fellow students. We asked them to wear pro-life t-shirts or make custom shirts with the pro-life message or wear red armbands to identify themselves as participants. Now, something that started its first year as just a few thousand students from 300 campuses has grown into a world-wide outpouring of love and action. Tuesday, Oct 15th will mark the ninth annual Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity, and ever year we have students from thousands of campuses in dozens of countries stand together in solidarity. We have heard of over a thousand girls who have cancelled abortions because of this day every year. Will you join us this year? Will you give up your voice for those who will never have one? Please go to silentday.org and register for this year’s Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, Oct 15th. Even if you have registered in years past, please register for this year. Hearts are being changed, babies are being saved, and women and men are being spared the trauma of post-abortive pain. People are coming together in unity to promote a culture of life. Personhood is being restored on campuses across the nation. I really cannot take any credit for the success of this movement. It is only God who grants us the power to do this. I was one person who listened to God and, through Him, acted on the vision He gave me. If you have an idea, a vision or dream, don’t be afraid to stand up and let your voice be heard. Don’t doubt what you can accomplish with Christ. Don’t think that because you are just one person you can’t make a difference. “I have a dream”–a statement powerfully spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Read More »
Stand True Pro-life Outreach turns TEN years old this month and we have an important challenge for you.
In the first ten years of Stand True’s existence we have seen literally thousands of babies saved and hearts changed. Through our work, we have seen hundreds of thousands of youth stand up and be a voice for their brothers and sisters who have no voice. We have watched as this generation shifts into the generation who WILL abolish abortion and we are excited to be a key player in this fight. While we mourn the need for our lifesaving work, we reflect back on the first ten years of Stand True Pro-life Outreach’s work and realize there are many reasons to celebrate as well. We fully recognize that we as an organization would love to put an end to this dark chapter in history where pro-life groups need to operate at all. We also understand that we can celebrate the amazing work God has done and will do though all of us because we chose to answer this call. I want to point out some of the highlights and amazing things God has done over the first ten years but first I want to issue a challenge. Will you Stand True with us by donating $10 to celebrate our ten-year anniversary and help us to end this abortion holocaust? We want to raise $10,000 in September to help us educate activate and equip this generation to be a voice for life. (We have raised $2,680 as of September 9th) Please click here https://donate.cornerstone.cc/?mid=STANDTRUE and make a $10, $25, $50, $100, $1000 donation. Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 540-538-2581 to donate by phone. What ever you can give will help us fight to end abortion. When I left Rock for Life, an organization that I founded 20 years ago this November to start Stand True, it was a nerve-racking adventure to say the least. My wife and I had just three children back then; we have seven now. We had no idea where we would get the money to start the organization let alone money to feed our family but we knew this is where God was guiding us at this moment in our lives. We set up a small office in the basement of my house for me to work and started building the Stand True website. Before the website was built we were using one of the first social media outlets called Xanga to keep people updated on this new pro-life venture. The first Stand True E-news went out to about 50 people and now goes to about 100,000 people. Imagine if just one percent of the 100,000 people took this $10 challenge we would reach that $10,000 goal. Just ONE percent! Will you be part of that one percent? One of the first phone calls I received was from Janet Morana from Priests for Life. She and Father Frank wanted to talk to me about this new pro-life venture. They were very excited about Read More »
We normally ask young people to be a voice, now we are pleading with them to take a vow of silence for a day.
I used to hate this time of year. ”Back to school” were probably three words I hated more than any other. I know it is easy to say that now I love the idea of “back to school”, since I am long past my school age years; but if I could go back with the knowledge I have now I would do it in an instant. If you have read our commentaries and newsletters for any amount of time, you would have heard me use this phrase: darkness is not the opposite of light, but the absence thereof. If we are willing to shine our light in the darkness, the darkness must flee. If we decide to hide our light, the darkness will flourish. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have done a great job at bringing the darkness of child killing into our schools. Planned Parenthood starts by promoting sexual promiscuity, distributing contraception and finishing the cycle with abortion when the contraception fails. They have created a culture of free sex and death that enslaves young girls and traps them in their deadly cycle. It is time for us to shine the light on this darkness and be a witness in our schools. This generation must be willing to stand and expose the lies of Planned Parenthood and free young people from the bondage of their deadly cycles. We must be willing to go against the grain, fight for purity and life; we must Stand True! We have put together a top ten list of pro-life actions you can take on campus this year. Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is an annual event that takes place on campuses around the world where students give up their voices for a day to raise awareness for those who lose their voice to abortion every day. Can you give up your voice for a day for those who will never have one? Go to HTTP://WWW.SILENTDAY.ORG to register and get involved. Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity Fan Page - HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PROLIFEDAY Start a pro-life group on your campus – This is a great way to identify other pro-life students and come together to create awareness and put on events on your campus. If you need help starting a pro-life group on your campus contact HTTP://WWW.STUDENTSFORLIFE.ORG. Wear pro-life t-shirts to school – I have heard many stories about girls who have cancelled abortions after seeing pro-life messages on t-shirts, stickers, posters and more. Go to http://www.prolifeworld.com Make pro-life book covers, locker posters and dorm door posters. This is easy, cheap and a great project to do with your friends. You can use some of the popular pro-life sayings like: She’s a Child Not a Choice, Abortion Stops a Beating Heart, Choose Life, or you can be creative and come up with your own slogans. Do a diaper drive for your local pregnancy help center or home for unwed mothers. The new Stand True, SFLA and Pro-life Aggies National Community Baby Shower is the perfect tool to do this. https://www.facebook.com/NationalCommunityBabyShowerDay Organize students Read More »