Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag. With his sling in hand, he approached the Philistine. ~1 Samuel 17:40
The other day, I was taking a little break and decided to pop in one of my many Lighthouse CD’s. (lighthousecatholicmedia.org) The speaker was Mark Hart, “The Bible Geek.” This particular lecture was about facing your fears. Now, I have heard Mark on the radio dozens of times and I think he is entertaining and absolutely brilliant. This CD was the first time to hear him speak by himself to an audience. The message was so engaging that even my daughter was blown away.
Mark spent about half of his lecture talking about 1 Samuel 17 (David vs. Goliath). He applied David’s courage to how we as Christians should face our fears. He spoke about how David was appalled that his brothers and other trained worriers allowed Goliath to bad mouth the soldiers, their country, and even their God. David would have NONE of it! The more Mark spoke about David’s love for God and his courage to stand up to Goliath, the more I contemplated how I could apply the story to my own life. It has been on my mind all week, and I couldn’t help but think about the pro-life movement.
The pro-life movement is not meek or insignificant by any stretch of the imagination. However, Planned Parenthood is undeniably the Goliath in this story. They have our president, our tax dollars, celebrity support, billionaire donors, and just like Goliath, they are the bully that has moved into our camp and refuses to leave. They love to play the victim, but that is a major load of B.S.. Poor Planned Parenthood and their billions of dollars. Boo-freaking-hoo. They have moved in to our neighborhoods and they laugh in our face while mocking our God.
So here is my question. What are the 5 stones you would put in your bag to fight the abortion giant? I have given it some thought, and here are mine.
David was mocked by Goliath and even his own people because of his age. He didn’t let that stop him, though. When I go to marches, rallies, or any other major pro-life event, I am always impressed by the masses of youth who come out to stand for life. It makes me proud to stand with so many young people with new ideas and enthusiasm. The pro-life movement has to evolve and grow. It needs to change and allow the next generation to speak to the hearts and minds of their peers. There are times when I feel like some of the same old faces who are continually saying the same old things are hogging the camera. Are they saying anything wrong? No, not really. Each generation has it’s own unique voice and there comes a time to pass the torch. Am I saying the old folks should head home? That their work is done? Heck no, buddy! Lead from behind. Shape and mold our youth. Introduce the next bright minds in this movement and let’s see what they can do!
My favorite speakers are ones that have either survived an abortion, worked in the abortion industry, or were conceived in rape. No one should ever be forced to share their testimonly publicly before they are ready, but these kinds of testimonies are the most powerful in my opinion. They teach us how to minister, how to reach, and how to change hearts.
Note: We have found that some pro-lifers get a little too overzealous and pushy when someone leaves the abortion industry. Their excitement is understandable as they feel like their hard work has paid off and produced some fruit. Be patient. Be respectful. Let them heal and gain perspective and decide when, or if, they want to share their experiences publicly.
Can we pray away abortion? Of course not. We have to get out there and give our prayers hands and feet. We have to change hearts and get the truth about abortion out there. Prayer is an awesome way to stay connected to God and remind us why we are in this fight. We need to pray for strength, direction, and that God would give us the right words at the right time.
Just like David, we have to have faith. We have to trust that we have God backing us up. We have to be bold and willing to look the enemy in the eye and say, “You don’t scare me!”
I’ll just let David’s words wash over you for this one…
He said to David, “Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?” Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods and said to him, “Come here to me, and I will feed your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.” David answered him: “You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand; I will strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field; thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God. ~1 Samuel 17: 43-46
5. T-shirts, Hoodies, Buttons, ect…
You might think I am kidding here, but I am really really really not. A good t-shirt with a solid message and an eye catching graphic is mighty powerful in the pro-life world. I am not a huge fan of signs, but I do love wearing my pro-life stance whenever I can. (Talk about a conversation starter at the bar? Works every time.)
When you are deciding what swag to pick up, I believe that the styles and designs should mirror what the kids are wearing these days. Like I said, youth are taking over this movement. If you go with cheap cotton with a boxy fit and a lame design? I’m 38, and I wouldn’t wear that. Make pro-life shirts cool. That way, we can spread the pro-life message everywhere we go without looking like dorks.