Friday, April 12, 2013

it's okay to be horrified and cry, but then do something about it

I don't know about you, but when I was in school, we read textbooks that showed photos of the horrors that took place in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. You know the ones I'm talking about: piles of dead bodies from the hundreds and thousands of Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis. And if you have a heart, you can't help but want to weep over those photos. And that's okay. We need to be heart broken over injustice.

The same is true for abortion.

But no one wants to talk about the horror of abortion. And certainly no one wants to look at photos of it's destruction. But abortion is injustice. It ends the life of a human being, a baby human being. And as you sit here reading this, thousands of lives are being cut short by abortion. This is the new holocaust, the new genocide (although it's not really new).

If you follow me on twitter, you know that today I am participating in a tweetfest to pressure the media to break their silence over the Kermit Gosnell trial. Gosnell is an abortionist from Philadelphia who is currently on trial for 7 first degree murder charges. All 7 were newborn babies, who were born alive as a result of botched abortions. He is also implicated in the death of one of his patients. You can read details of the story here.

Here's the deal: pictures from Gosnell's clinic are devastating to look at. Reading accounts of what happened inside of that "house of horrors" is heart-wrenching. Facing the truth about what is happening in abortion clinics across this nation and the world is hard. But it needs to be done. How else are people going to wake up and face the truth about abortion? That it ends the life of an innocent baby. Inside the womb or out, infanticide or abortion. It doesn't matter the location or what you call it, it all kills a child.

So look at the photos. Read the accounts. Watch the documentary. Cry. I beg of you, let your heart be broken wide open. Mourn. Weep. Because dead children deserve our tears.

But we also owe them our action. Don't stay silent and go on with your life pretending like you are ignorant. Because you're not. You know the truth now and you need to do something about it.

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:17

I sat in my living room last night, in the dark, nursing Eli before I put him to bed and I watched this 20 minute documentary about the Gosnell abortion clinic. And I cried as I held my child. I wept for those women who were lied to and whose lives were destroyed by the lie that abortion is a good answer. That abortion will fix their problem. And I mourned over the murder of their babies, hundreds of them, thousands of them. Please take the time to watch this video:

3801 Lancaster from 3801Lancaster on Vimeo.

Make no mistake, this is not an isolated incident. And this will not go away on its own. We cannot ignore it. We cannot stay silent. Someone has to speak out for these babies, for these women. And that someone has to be you.

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:11

Want to do something but don't know where to begin? Start here.

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