Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him all his young life. Still, his parents had tried to give him as normal a life as possible and had sent him to St. Theresa’s elementary school. At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy irritated his teacher. One day, she called his parents and asked them to come to St. Teresa’s for a consultation. As the Foresters sat quietly in the empty classroom, Doris said to them, “Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn’t fair to him to be with younger children who don’t have learning problems. Why, there is a five-year gap between his age and that of the other students!” Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue while her husband spoke. “Miss Miller,” he said, “there is no school of that kind nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here.” Doris sat for a long time after they left, staring at the snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Foresters. After all, their only child had a terminal illness. But it wasn’t fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read or write. Why spend any more time trying? As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. “Oh God,” she said aloud, “here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared with that poor family! Please help me to be more patient with Jeremy.” From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy ‘s noises and his blank stares. Then one day he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him. “I love you, Miss Miller,” he exclaimed, loudly enough for the whole class to hear. The other children snickered, and Doris’s face turned red. She stammered, “wh-why, that’s very nice, Jeremy. Now please take your seat.” Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. “Now,” she said to them “I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?” “Yes, Miss Miller!” The children responded enthusiastically – all except for Jeremy. He just listened intently; his eyes never left her face. He did not Read More »
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Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness…. This is my favorite Easter story, I weep every time I read it.
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 »