Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hope for the Pro-Life Movement

Anti-Abortion Rally in San Diego

With this past weekend bringing such mixed emotions to die-hard pro-lifers, I want to share a piece of great news. It gives me incredible hope for our movement. In fact, I do believe that the sleeping body of Christ is awakening to the grave social injustice of abortion.

Operation Rescue has posted a story on Sunday's rally in San Diego of 1000 pro-life supporters. But the amazing fact about this rally is who attended -

Speakers included pastors of area "mega-churches" most of which have previously been reluctant to become involved in pro-life activism. Featured were Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, who helped organize the event, Pastor David Jeremiah of Shadow Mountain Community Church and Host of The Turning Point, Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church, Pastor Mike MacIntosh of Horizon Christian Fellowship, Pastor Shawn Mitchell of New Venture Christian Fellowship, and Pastor Chris Clark of East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church.

Being Canadian, the mega-churches are only things I have heard about. But I do listen to Pastor David Jeremiah quite frequently on CJLU, the Christian radio station here in Nova Scotia. He gives some of the best Bible studies I have ever listened to.

We pro-lifers, who are Catholics, have often wondered why it is that the evangelical churches do not get as involved with pro-life as we expect. I won't go into the reasons that I have heard for this because I believe that would create more division; and when it comes to defending our faith in Christ's teachings, I strongly hold with the more unity, the better.

I am absolutely thrilled to hear about this development and I can't wait to hear more about it, especially from those pastors who attended.

Other speakers included Oakland Pastor Walter Hoye and UCLA student Lila Rose, who has exposed criminal conduct at Planned Parenthoods across the nation with her undercover videos.

I have posted here before about Pastor Hoye, he is the pastor who spent several weeks in jail for trying to offer alternatives to abortion to women entering a clinic in Oakland, CA. Like Linda Gibbons, he trespassed into the "bubble zone" outside the clinic and was arrested. And Lila Rose is an amazing 20 year old student at UCLA, who has been running the Mona Lisa project for the past year, exposing illegal activities at numerous Planned Parenthood clinics across the USA.

"This event was the answer to about 20 years of praying that these men, leaders in the San Diego faith community, would engage the culture and stand in defense of the pre-born. I didn't think I'd live long enough to see this happen," said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger, who led pro-life activism in the San Diego area for two decades before leaving to work with Operation Rescue at its national headquarters in Kansas.

How marvellous for Cheryl to see the fruit of those years of prayer. I can just imagine the joy and gratitude behind this statement.

"Many of the pastors involved have national influence and have the ability to spark a revival that could sweep the nation. With pro-life sentiment rapidly gaining momentum, the Church may be finally be on the verge of awakening to its responsibility to stop the shedding of innocent blood. We are excited and encouraged by what we are seeing in San Diego."
- Cheryl Sullenger, spokesperson for Operation Rescue

Two years ago, I heard a Baptist pastor from Boston say that, when the blacks and Hispanics of the States join to fight abortion, then we will win this battle. The reason for that is those two groups are being targeted disproportionately by Planned Parenthood and their women have abortions at a much greater rate than any other race. This means that Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, is getting her wish - to eliminate the races that she thought to be inferior. Well, the blacks are rising up and I believe that their seizing this issue is going to see legal abortion overturned within my lifetime!

Pastor Shawn Mitchell, senior pastor of New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA

Now that is what I call The Audacity of Hope.

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