This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Students tell me it is OK for parents to kill infants if they don’t want them anymore – Can these hearts be turned without Christ as the center of the pro-life message?

I know we have had this discussion here before but I find it needs to be looked at deeper in light of my recent trip to Europe.  When the darkness is so thick that students would argue that it is OK to kill infants after they are born if the parents don’t want them; maybe we need to rethink the idea of leaving God out of this work.

I stood in front of the University of Gent with Eric Scheidler of The Pro-life Action League, several of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust and delegates from Youth for Life Belgium and was actually shocked by what we heard.  We heard students openly embracing eugenics as if it was an act of charity; talking about killing people the way Adolph Hitler would talk about killing the Jews.  One student talked about killing children because they will have no memory of it so it will be fine.

Eric and I were so taken aback by this and blown away that we were the first group to ever really confront this issue openly in the streets in Gent.  We talked about how the darkness of satan is so thick in the country and only the Light of Christ could break through.

What really struck me about this afternoon was the fact that this could happen in America if we don’t boldly step up and shine the Light of Christ.  We must wake up those who claim to follow Christ and put a fire under their feet before we end up like Europe, in a post Christian era.

At the end of the week there another incident happened to me and I shared it in a Facebook status yesterday. I shared a status about being asked to leave the name of Jesus out of a pro-life talk.  I was actually surprised by many of the responses I received from people.  I have an atheist friend who is also a pro-life activist and I totally understand where his is coming from on this topic. He actually understood my position more than many of my Christian friends who disagreed with me.

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Recently someone suggested I leave the name of Jesus out of my talk at a pro-life event. If you ever say that to me you can guarantee I will double the amount of times I say His name. Pro-life without Christ is like the ocean without water, it just does not work.

Many people argued that we would just turn off people by bringing religion or God into the argument. Some said it was a matter of the country they live in and the culture there.  I heard many arguments about why we should just use a secular argument and not talk about God because it would harm our message.

Here is one of the dissenting opinions I received.

While I am a deeply religious person, truth be told not everyone is…

when you try to convince a non Christian about the sanctity of life it does not matter how good your argument is, so long as you mention Jesus they will be turned off and non-responsive if they perceive you are there to convert them….

It is important to remember that sanctity of life is an integral concept within natural law… natural law teaches that these truths are universal truths, accessible via reason alone, and thus across all faiths, cultures, and creeds…

Hence in order to save the most number of children from the horror of abortion we must argue on the basis of sanctity of life, that each child is valuable for and of themselves, irrespective of whether the parents are Christian or not…

By mentioning Christ in your arguments, you severely restrict your audience to those who have already found Him…. that does not mean that you cannot argue on a faith-based reason as to the evils of abortion, but that you should always be wary of your audience and your intended effect…

there is always value found in strengthening your own troops, and this can be done in 2 ways:
1- providing them with armour to protect them against the enemy (through Christ-centred arguments)
OR
2- providing them with ammunition to counter the arguments of the culture of death in which we now live…

Ammunition against the culture of death is most effective when given in a religiously neutral format… by targeting the widest possible audiences…

yet if there is a particular scenario calling for a Christian viewpoint, then by all means, use your most effective weapon for the targeted audience…

Needless to say I disagree with them. I am not trying to bash them or their work, I am thankful for anyone who is speaking out for the voiceless.  I am saying that in the way that I and Stand True have until now and will alway operate is that we share the truth of Christ as the center of our message.  Here is my response.

To say that mentioning Christ restricts our message is to deny the power of Christ and His name. The only reason I can take a breath right now is because of what Christ did in my life and that is just as important as the pro-life message.

I do understand some of the points that people are making but they just don’t hold water with me. I guess I just look at life differently; coming from being a former drug dealer, addict and all around nasty heathen.

The fact is that one man, a doctor in a hospital whose job it was to save me from my overdose and clean my body out of the massive amount of drugs went a step further. He took me outside and shared the hope and healing power of Christ to one of the most evil young men in southern California. He did not care if his audience was hostile to the message or if I would be turned away because he was sharing Christ with me. He just shared the truth and let God work; in fact he has no Idea that the 5 minutes he took out of his morning was the launching pad to my walk with God.

Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

This is where I stand; I will always and without exception give account and glory to Almighty God for what He has done in my life. When I am preaching a pro-life message, that message is only made possible because of God and Him creating these children. The ability for me to give that message is only made Possible because God pulled me out of that pit.

God is truth and His truth will never and can never be shared in vain; we must shine the light in the darkness or the darkness will remain. It is not us who convinces someone to love God, it is God convicting their hearts, we must present the message and let God do the rest. I know God will and can move even in an audience who does not yet know Him. I just got back from preaching and teaching in Europe and the darkness is so thick there you can feel it. The fact is the pro-life message needs the gospel of Christ, His light to break through that darkness. I understand that there are scientific arguments against abortion, but the pro-life message must be centered on Christ to be succesful.

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

12 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Bryan, as always, well said. Christ IS the way, the truth, and the life!

  2. Anthony Ozimic
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    As St Thomas Aquinas teaches regarding such questions, we must “always distinguish.” It is more important that the life of the pro-lifer giving the message is centred on Christ, rather than whether the message actually mentions Christ. A Christ-centred message coming from a pro-lifer whose life isn’t centred on Christ is likely to be less fruitful, whereas a secular message coming from Christ-centred pro-lifer will be fruitful. That is the nature of the operation of grace, the fruitfulness of which depends upon the dispositions of the vessel. Many pro-lifers (like me) represent organisations (like SPUC) which are not officially religious; and in many instances (e.g. giving parliamentary evidence about success rates of different types of stem cell research) mentioning the Holy Name isn’t appropriate. What is, though, vital, is that the pro-lifer has an interior life with Christ to make his message, whatever it is, fruitful.

  3. Ted Seeber
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I predict that saving children from the horror of abortion will soon be the least of our worries.

    The same mind that can reason and talk about “about killing children because they will have no memory of it so it will be fine.”

    Is the same mind that can reason that the soldier has, by signing up, given up his right to life, that the condemned prisoner by committing a crime has given up his right to life, that the demented old person who can no longer recognize their own family from day to day is better off dead.

    This war goes far beyond just the pro-birther portion of the pro-life movement. This war is about how our children will look at us in our old age while wondering if $3000/month divided by only 4 or 5 grandkids (aborted the rest of them, you poor idiots in the baby boomers and beyond) is worth it to keep US alive in the assisted living centers.

    And it is my greatest fear that their choice will be “NO, you failed to pay for our siblings to live, we will not pay for you to live”.

  4. Tina T
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Brian,
    I couldn’t agree more, Christ is such a big part of who I am, I could no more take Him out of a pro-life conversation, than I could decide not to breathe for an hour. He is the truth, and non-Christians can still recognize the truth when they encounter it in his followers. God Bless you!

  5. Ted Seeber
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I do think knowing your audience counts for something though. If you are just going in cold turkey- then by all means bring Christ and the Holy Spirit and the entire Communion of Saints with you! Cold turkey you need all the help you can get.

    However, if you’re defending the pro-life point of view against, say, an avowed atheist who starts his argument for eugenics with “Since there is no God”, then I’d say perhaps a better approach would be from evolution; those species that do not breed in sufficient numbers to continue, will not continue. Those species that fail to have genetic diversity, will become extinct when faced with a challenge that they do not have the talents or traits to handle. Abortion narrows our genetic diversity as a species; one look at the Atheist Stephen Hawking, who has a very painful genetic disease and yet was able to contribute greatly to the sciences of cosmology and astronomy, shows that we cannot predict, even with the most horrific diseases, what brilliance may yet come out of the human mind.

    And in both of these, try to remember the old Catholic Saying “No creature so accursed can be, that good within the loving eye cannot see”.

  6. Kevin Williams
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bryan,
    I also am in total agreement with you. Leaving the authority of the name of Christ and the Authority of Scripture out of any morality or lack thereof is like going to war and leaving behind your bullets!
    The Scriptures reveal over and over and over that the Lord and His word is our strength!
    I believe when we bear witness of Christ that the Holy Spirit is OBLIGATED to come along side to bear further witness. What more Powerful and Capable Friend could we enlist????

  7. Teresa
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    While I believe in god I must say I agree with the letter and Anthony on this one. It’s not really that you’ll turn people off and they’ll think you’re trying to convert them but most people will just stop listening. It’s really hard to teach someone the truth when they don’t hear a word you say. Also a lot of prolifers I meet believe in God but there are many different religions that believe in God and not all of them believe in Jesus. I agree with Anthony that getting the message heard and saving lives is more important than them knowing what you believe in, and some times it should be left out. I also don’t know the circumstances around this particular instance where they asked you to leave it out so I can’t really say if that was one of those times or not. Either way I hope you reached some people because believing you can kill infants just because you don’t want them anymore is sick! I hope this helps america wake up and realize this is where we’re headed if we continue to think it’s ok to kill them in the womb.

  8. Paul K.
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Bryan, keep on keeping Christ in your message. Jesus saved you and he is saving babies and mothers and all of us if we will just open our eyes, our minds, and most importantly, our hearts to Him. Blessed be the name of Jesus! Amen!

  9. Ted Seeber
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Also, one must think about if by telling the truth, the scientific truth, one is indeed already keeping Christ in the message- For is He not The Word of God? The Word that was made Flesh and Dwelt among Us?

    And therefore, aren’t you keeping Christ in the message even when, arguing with an atheist, you bring up the scientific reality that the zygote is a human being from the moment of conception, because a human being is defined NOT by a Christian Soul or by being born- but merely by having a unique DNA combination belonging to the species homo sapiens. No faith necessary to prove that the zygote is a human being, and thus that abortion is murder.

  10. Heidi Goertz
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Bryan did you ever get a chance to meet that doctor again? It is a moving account of love and the power of Christ to change lives. God bless him!

    • Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

      Heidi I have never seen him again, I almost think it is better that way.

  11. Nicole
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Bryan thank you for keeping things in perspective.

    It is never beneficial to pass on an opportunity to preach salvation through Jesus. What good have we done if we save physical lives in this temporary world, but leave eternal souls for damnation? We are servants of Christ first and foremost; the pro-life message is a vital aspect of our faith life but never trumps it.

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