This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Abortion is sin, but it is also a violent act: an answer to the “sin is sin” excuse for apathy.

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 drives us to try and marginalize abortion to simply a sin or an issue we say we oppose. We don’t want to have to deal with the fact that we know abortion is so vile, so reprehensible that if we grasp the reality of it we would be forced to actively oppose it.

When teaching a woman self defense, one of the first things you teach her is what to yell when being attacked. You teach her to yell “fire” instead of “help” because people don’t want to get involved and yelling “help” can actually get people to look and move the other way.

Christians are looking the other way when it comes to abortion; they don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to offend anyone or have to have an uncomfortable conversation. Christians seem to think they have to be nicer than Jesus and avoid clash when in reality it is the very nature of God that forces true Christianity to clash with sin.

Abortion is sin and we must oppose it as such! We must expose it and shine the light on the darkness that it is. Abortion is also a violent act that ends the life of a human being and we are obligated to actively oppose this violence with love.

When I say oppose with love, I am talking about the kind of love that pulls a drowning kid out of a swimming pool. I am talking about the kind of love that stops a bully from picking on the weakest kids on the playground. I am talking about the kind of love that pulls an elderly woman from a burning building. I am talking about the kind of love that reaches into a ditch to help the man who has been robbed and beaten. I am talking about the kind of love that rescues those being led away to slaughter as Proverbs 24 commands us.

I am talking about an active, urgent and selfless love. A love that understands that faith without works is dead and that to truly oppose something, we must do so actively.

Please pray to end abortion, but don’t stop there. If you truly believe that abortion is killing human children then act like children are being killed.

Bryan Kemper

President: Stand True Pro-life Outreach

Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life

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Apply now for the Summer Pro-life Internship and Missionary Opportunities with Stand True Pro-life Outreach


We are looking for 4-6  interns for the summer to work with and travel with Stand True Pro-life Outreach

Who: We want motivated young pro-life people between the ages of 18-28 (again we can be flexible in some circumstances.

When: The Summer internship would can start June 1  and ends August 18 but we welcome people to come earlier if possible. We will be attending the National Right to Life Conference in Kentucky,  Audiofeed in Illinois, Soulfest in New Hampshire and many more events. We will also spend a day in NYC and visit the Priests for Life national headquarters in Staten Island.

Where: We are located in Troy, OH which is near Dayton. We have a missionary apartment that is connected to the office for girls and a private room in the office with a bathroom for guys.

What: The internship will include a wide variety of pro-life training, work, prayer and activism as well as traveling to pro-life events.

A few of the duties:

Social Media: Interns will spend time every day building, maintaining and developing the social media outreach for Stand True and Priests for Life. This includes facebook, twitter, pintrest, tumbler, instagram and many more. Interns will be helping in building our social media library on the Stand True web site.

Summer Festival and Events: Interns will traveling with Stand True to several summer events to work the booth, give talks and educate people on pro-life issues.

Activism: Interns will go to the abortion clinic for prayer and sidewalk counseling at least once a week. Interns will take part in some local and national pro-life events and activism such as the National Right to Life Conference in Dallas, TX

Office work: Interns will help run the daily needs of the Stand True office like mail, order fulfillment, cleaning, banking, filling, proof reading and other needs around the office.

Pro-life Training: Interns will be studying pro-life issues and apologetics. Interns will write articles, give talks and learn how to argue the pro-life position.

We are also looking for interns with special talents: Web design, wordpress knowledge, graphic arts, writing skills and more.

We provide housing and basic food as well as travel costs when you travel with Stand True for events like the National Right to Life Convention. You will be expected to help fundraise towards the missionary program but there is no set cost to come.

If you are interested in interning with Stand True please e-mail INFO@STANDTRUE.COM and include the following information:

Name

Age

Gender

Address

E-mail and Phone Number

How you heard about Stand True

Why you would want to intern with Stand True

Do you have a lap top or computer you would bring?

Do you have a vehicle and or drivers license?

When you would be available?

Here is the tentative schedule:

June 1 Team arrives in Troy

June 2 – 5 Training in Troy, OH

June 6Prep for Strawberry Festival Troy, OH

June 7-8 Strawberry Festival Outreach Troy, OH

June 9 - Day off

June 10-13 Abortion Clinic Outreaches / Social Media Projects

June 14 BBQ in Troy, OH with local pro-lifers

June 15 Day off

June 17 – 20 Office/Social Media Project Days

June 21 Cincinnati Reds Outreach

June 22 Day off

June 23-24 Prep for NRLC conference

June 25 Travel to Louisville, Kentucky

June 26-28 NRLC Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

June 29 Travel to Troy, OH

June 30 Day off

July 1 Prep for Audiofeed Festival

July 2 Drive to Illinois

July 2-5 Audiofeed Music Festival

July 9 Travel to Charlotte, NC

July 10 – 12 Outreach in Charlotte, NC with Clinic outreach and Youth Rally.

July 13 – Travel to Troy, OH

July 14 Prep for CEC

July 15 Drive to Kansas

July 16 – 18 CEC Convocation in Olathe Kansas

July 19 Drive to Troy OH

July 20 Day off

July 21 – 25 Clinic Outreach / Social Media Projects

July 26 – 27 Days off

July 28 – 31 Clinic Outreach / Social Media Projects

August 1 Prep for The Fest and Soulfest

August 2 Drive to Cleveland

August 3 The Fest in Cleveland, OH

August 4 Drive to Staten Island

August 5 Spend Morning at PFL and afternoon in NYC

August 6 Pastoral Team meeting at PFL

August 6 Evening drive to NH for Soulfest

August 7 – 9 Soulfest in Gilford, NH

August 10 – Drive to Buffalo

August 11 Outreach in Buffalo, NY with Clinic Outreach and Youth Rally

August 12 Drive to Troy, OH

August 13 Day off

August 14 – 18 Debrief and prepare to go home

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March for Life, Midwest March For Life and West Coast Walk For Life Photos

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:

 

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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/

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Stand True / Priests for Life Youth Outreach Schedule for the 2014 March for Life

Monday – Jan 20

9:30 – 12:30 Geaux Forth Rally  - Grand Hyatt Washington – Bryan Kemper will be speaking briefly and the Stand True booth will be open there

Tuesday – Jan 21

8:00 – 10:00 AM Prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood at 1108 16th St NW. Featuring Fr Frank Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Troy Newman, Fr Terry Gensemer, Jeff White, Kristina Garza and more…

12:00 – 12:30 “Die In” Pro-life demonstration at The White House with Survivors, CEC for Life and C.U.R.E.

2:00 – 5:00 PM March for Life Youth Rally at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in the Ballroom. standtrue.com/mflyouthrally Featuring Fr Frank Pavone, Abby Johnson, Alveda King, Bryan Kemper, Ryan Scott Bomberger, Troy Newman, Father Terry, Janet Morana and many more….. FREE – See the complete Schedule at March for Life Youth Rally

8:00 AM – 8:30 PM Stand True will be set up at the Students for Life of America Conference in Maryland – Bryan Kemper will be the Emcee for the Pep Rally at the end of the conference

12:00 – 9:00 PM Stand True / Priests for Life will have a booth open in the basement of the Hyatt Regency as part of the March for Life convention.

Wednesday – Jan 22

8:30-10:30 AM Priests for Life along with several other groups are sponsoring a huge interdenominational prayer service from at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St).  For more information see NationalPrayerService.com.  Fr. Frank Pavone and clergy from all over will be present.

8:00 – 12:00 Noon 3:00 – 6:00 PM Stand True / Priests for Life will have a booth open in the basement of the Hyatt Regency as part of the March for Life convention

12:00 – 3:00 PM March for Life on the National Mall

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Priests for Life wins emergency relief from the unjust HHS mandate

Today, Dec 31, 2013 at 4:58pm  An emergency injunction granted just moments ago in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit means that Priests for Life will not have to obey the contraception mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act as its appeal is being heard. It also means that, tomorrow, Priests for Life will not have to cancel health insurance for its employees.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said he is grateful  his organization is free, temporarily at least, from having to comply with the unjust mandate or face steep fines by failing to comply when the ministry’s new insurance policy goes into effect on Wednesday.

“We would not have complied with this mandate in any case, as it promotes the very culture of death that Priests for Life works to combat,” Father Pavone said. “We are grateful for this temporary relief and look forward to a permanent injunction once the appeal is fully heard.”

“Our lawsuit was among the very first ones in the country and the necessity to launch it shows that religious freedom in America is in grave danger.  We have to take action.”

On Dec. 19, Priests for Life learned that the judge in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had ruled in favor of the government. Within an hour Priests for Life filed for the emergency injunction that was granted today.

Father  Pavone said that what the Obama administration has tried to do through the HHS mandate – which he called a “blatant act of tyranny” – is to give the federal government the power to determine what is and what isn’t important in an individual’s religion; that is not the government’s role.

Father Pavone concluded, “There have already been significant victories in the courts against the HHS mandate, and we have no doubt that Priests for Life ultimately will prevail in this historic fight.”

To read more about the battle against the HHS Mandate go here - http://www.priestsforlife.org/HHSMandate/

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit http://www.priestsforlife.org

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Death Throes of the Death Industry: A Record 87 Surgical Abortion Clinics Close in 2013

Our Friends at Operation Rescue just released this encouraging report:

Washington, DC – Operation Rescue has concluded an exhaustive survey of abortion clinics in the U.S. and announces today that it has documented a record number of abortion clinic closures in 2013, during which time 87 surgical abortion clinics halted abortions.

The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176.

“These numbers show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

The state with the most closures was Texas at 11, most of which shut down after Texas passed an abortion law earlier this year that required abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. New clinic safety rules accounted for closures in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well.

“Much of the legislation that is now closing abortion clinics was inspired by information gathered by pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, which have increasingly publicized documentation of abortion abuses.  Once legislators find out what is really going on at abortion clinics in their states, they understand the urgency of passing pro-life laws that protect women and their babies from clinics that prey on their vulnerabilities.”

Operation Rescue has released a detailed report concerning abortion clinic closures that can be found at Operation Rescue.org.

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The Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Christ did not become flesh as a newborn, He became flesh as a zygote. He then developed into an embryo, fetus, infant, toddler, teenager, adult, and so on. God became man by starting where we all start our human journey. He did not enter the world in the manger, He entered the world through the womb of Mary.

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Please make an end of year donation to the Pro-life work of Stand True and help us educate, equip and activate the generation that will abolish abortion. A donation would be a great Christmas gift for Stand True.

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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 his standing by his faith. He did as we as Christians are commanded to do, he proclaimed the Gospel and is being hated for it.

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” -ESV

This persecution is easy because for so many years we have been tickling the ears of the masses with “Christianity light.” We have been so afraid of offending anyone that we have offended the very God we are trying to represent with our silence and fear.

Let’s take this outrage over Phil Robertson getting fired and start speaking up with the same passion and conviction that the LGBT community does. Let’s start talking about abortion as if we actually believe that over 55 million babies have been MURDERED.

It is time that we stop retreating and altering the truth of God and start speaking  with the boldness of Christ and His disciples. If we are silent about sin, is that not the same as condoning it? Are we more afraid of the world and what the world thinks of us than we are of the God we claim to love?

If you are angry about Phil Robertson getting fired, ask yourself if you have spoken up or hidden in silence?

Bryan Kemper

Youth Outreach Director

Priests for Life.

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