Saturday, May 06, 2006

This time it's not a possum...

One of our missionary team members preached outside the abortion clinic this morning using the "Not My Job" bookmark tract as his inspiration. (It's a very good tract to challenge Christians to share their faith, see

Dave talked about how the employee who drove the truck that made the yellow line couldn't be bothered doing what was necessary to avoid hitting and killing the possum as he crossed the road. He also obviously didn't think it was his job to pick up the dead animal before continuing on his way. Dave read from the tract which says: "If we allow another human being to die when we have the ability to save them, we are not only morally responsible, but we are guilty of what civil law calls "depraved indifference". Then Dave went on to say: "This time it's not a possum that is in the way, it's a baby." He explained to the women and men who had come to murder their infants that because we knew that babies were in jeapordy of harm this morning, we made our way here to do what we can. "But now, what about you? A child is God's way of getting your attention. This is a wake up call." It was very powerful ... especially as we all couldn't help but think of how few Christians have any concern for all the people who will be murdered by abortion in their cities. All the Christians who sleep late and refuse to make their way to the killing place to do what they can to intervene, in Jesus' Name, to rescue those who are perishing. What we often hear is: "That's not my calling." Since when does obeying the command of God to rescue those being led away to slaughter NOT constitute a calling? "Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'Surely we did not know this,' Does not He who weights the heart consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?" (Proverbs 24:11-12) If God's eye is on the sparrow, and His angels do watch over the children (Matt 18:10 ) how much more is His love and concern directed toward the little ones in the womb who have no voice? A dear friend of mine who has been a missionary witness outside killing places for more years than I have, says: "The need is the call." Another precious young mother who has recently joined us in witnessing at the killing place speaks to her friends at church, urging them to join us in a manifold witness for Christ. When they hem and haw and make excuses and complain about the early morning witness, she looks them in the eye and says: "How many babies are you willing to allow to die while you do as you please this Saturday morning?" Tough stuff ...

Matthew Henry's comments on Proverbs 24:11-12 are so inspiring that I felt I should include them here: A great duty required of us, and that is to appear for the relief of oppressed innocency. If we see the lives or livelihoods of any in danger of being taken away unjustly, we ought to bestir ourselves all we can to save them. ... Though the persons be not such as we are under any particular obligation to, we must help them, out of a general zeal for justice. If any be set upon by force and violence, and it be in our power to rescue them, we ought to do it. Nay ... it is our duty, though it be with peril to ourselves, to hasten with help to them and not forbear to deliver them, not to be slack, or remiss, or indifferent, in such a case. Thou wilt say, "Behold, we knew it not; we were not aware of the imminency of the danger the person was in ... else we would have helped him.’’ It is easy to make such an excuse as this, sufficient to avoid the censures of men, for perhaps they cannot disprove us when we say, We knew it not, or, We forgot; and the temptation to tell a lie for the excusing of a fault is very strong when we know that it is impossible to be disproved ... It is not so easy with such excuses to evade the judgment of God. ... This is a good reason why we should be tender of the lives of others, and do all we can to preserve them, because our lives have been precious in the sight of God and He has graciously kept them. He knows and considers whether the excuse we make be true or no, whether it was because we did not know it or whether the true reason was not because we did not love our neighbour as we ought, but were selfish, and regardless both of God and man. Let this serve to silence all our frivolous pleas, by which we think to stop the mouth of conscience when it charges us with the omission of plain duty: Does not He that ponders the heart consider it? He will judge us accordingly.

I urge you saints, in the Name of the One who "makes alive" (I Sam 2:6), the One who knows us BEFORE He forms us in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), if there is a place where babies are killed in your city, make haste to bring the gospel of life there. You are already prepared and equipped to share the gospel. No need to give those you will meet the Good Person Test ... the Sixth commandment is all that you need

Together in the Field of Souls, Patte Smith
Sanctuary Ministries

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