Alright, fasten your seat belts; it gets bumpy from here on out. I’m talking ‘jail time’ bumpy. But first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page.
If you’re a blood-bought, born-again Christian you probably know and can quote several verses from Scripture showing life begins at conception: Genesis 25:22-26, the story of Rebekah when Jacob and Esau were struggling in her womb, Judges 13:2-5, the story of Manoah, the father of Samson and the angel who came to foretell his birth, Isaiah 49:1, Isaiah 49:5, Psalm 22:9-10 and Psalm 51:5. The most famous of course is;
Jeremiah 1:4-5 – Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Not only does the Bible tell us life begins at conception, science does too. When the sperm and the egg unite in the mother’s womb each of them carries half the DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid) of the future child. They unite to form a new, never-before-seen DNA pattern unique to that particular individual in all the human race. Years, decades later when they die of old age they’ll still have that exact same DNA pattern in their cells. From conception to death it never changes, it remains constant. So science itself confirms that human life begins at conception. Trying to draw the line anywhere else is just guessing – and bad guessing at that.
Our whole culture, based primarily on Judeo-Christian morality, supports life. Orphanages were started because we refuse to abandon babies and children to the elements as some pagan societies do. Moreover, when a child is in danger it is common to see huge crowds gathered around supporting the rescue effort or watching breathlessly on TV. In October of 1987, 18-month old Jessica McClure, fell down a 22 foot well in Midland, Texas. For 58 hours the world watched on CNN as rescuers worked around the clock to get her out. Even when adults are in danger we watch and cheer on the rescuers because we cherish life. Just a few years ago, 33 miners in Chile were trapped deep underground when the mine they were working in collapsed. The world watched for days as rescuers bored a narrow shaft down to get them out. These heroic efforts weren’t cheap by the way, but a culture that loves life doesn’t count the cost to saving lives.
We throw parties when babies are born; proud papas handing out cigars is practically a cliché. We even have baby showers before they’re born. We celebrate birthdays endlessly. Oh goodness, do we celebrate birthdays! There’s an entire industry built around birthdays; cards, hats, decorated napkins, cakes, ‘bouncy houses’, rent-a-clowns, wrapping paper and tissue and presents galore. There are whole stores dedicated to nothing but helping you celebrate the birthdays of your loved ones, no matter what age. There are web sites to individualize and personalize greetings, T-shirts, drapes, towels, anything you like to celebrate another year of life for someone.
We also celebrate life in general. We have traditions of dances, harvest festivals, rodeos, parades and block parties stretching back for centuries. May Poles are an ancient tradition celebrating life in springtime. Spring cleaning, when we throw out the old and sweep the dust out of the corners, is an acknowledgment of life. We wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, laugh, drink and tell jokes in a joyous celebration of life. We toast heroes who save lives, write poems and sing songs about them. The truth is Americans love life like few others ever have. We love it, cherish it and revel in it.
Our laws reflect that love of life. How many product safety laws are there in America? Too many to count I’m sure, probably too many period. But we have them because we cherish life and want to protect it. Worker’s Compensation laws exist to ensure injuries at work don’t become life threatening. Unemployment exists for the same reason. In fact, Americans cherish life so much we’ve actually gone overboard with laws protecting it and punishing those who act, even accidentally, to the detriment of life. America is a life-affirming, life-protecting country from the very day of our founding. Even the military gives its highest honor, the Medal of Honor, to those whose actions have saved lives.
Support for, and love of, life comes from;
In spite of it all the secular world (godless world) began to invade and twist our love of life into its exact opposite. The signs were there for anyone to see but it happened one step at a time, so gradually people didn’t realize the end result until it was too late. One of the first signs to catch our attention was the cover of Time magazine on April 8, 1966; a black cover with red lettering reading simply, “Is God Dead?” It was a shocking question for that time and instantly became their most infamous cover ever. But very few people understood the real significance behind it; anyone actually questioning God’s existence so publicly was an early indication of how far our culture had already declined due to the determined work of the atheists, agnostics, socialists, communists and their fellow travelers. They were already on the ‘long march through the institutions’ advocated by radical German student movement spokesman, Alfred Willi Rudi Dutschke. A Marxist by training, Dutschke also advocated that the transformation of Western societies should go hand in hand with Third World liberation movements, all of whom were anti-God and certainly anti-life.
The next notable step came on January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its most infamous decision, Jane Roe (Norma L. McCorvey) vs Henry Wade (Dallas County District Attorney) – Roe v. Wade. By a 7-2 vote the Burger Court held women had the right to abortion under the 14th Amendment’s privacy protections. As an aside it is interesting to note that McCorvey’s pregnancy occurred in June 1969 and she gave birth long before the decision was handed down.
Roe v. Wade, and its companion decision, handed down the same day, Doe v. Bolton, were hideously unpopular. The public outcry was huge and immediate. The decision was the very antithesis of biblical morality, it violated cultural norms on multiple levels as well as being legally questionable; how can you ‘legalize’ murder? But despite all the uproar, which continues to this day, there have now been over 55 million abortions in the United States alone. Over 55 million children have been brutally murdered in the womb. We’re guilty of mass murder on a scale few have ever attained.
Understand me correctly. By ‘we’ I mean the United States of America as a whole. Individually each of us has our own standing, or lack thereof, before God, based on whether or not we’re saved by Christ Jesus. But as a nation we’re collectively guilty of 55 million premeditated murders in the 1st degree. God will not smile on such a nation. He won’t bless it or protect it (9/11) or do anything to help it. He simply won’t. You can put all the ‘2 Chronicles 7:14’ signs in the world in your front yard and pray from now until Hell freezes over and it won’t make a bit of difference so long as abortion continues in this country. It won’t help because The Church, as a whole, has refused to do its duty in those 55 million murders.
How is that, you say? Simple, we’ve treated Man’s Law as an idol, that’s how.
The 2nd Commandment (Exodus 20:4) states, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”
A graven image is just a fancy way of saying an idol. Grab any dictionary off the shelf or off the internet; it will define an idol as a graven or material image, usually one that is worshipped in place of God. When Roe v. Wade was handed down, along with Doe v. Bolton, Christians gasped in horror and immediately began filing lawsuits everywhere we could. We marched, protested, held vigils, waved signs and banners at the television cameras, campaigned tirelessly and voted our hearts in every election – all to no avail. So what did we do next? Rinse and repeat that’s what; over and over and over and still over today. We’ve been doing the exact same thing for more than 40 years and abortion is still the ‘law of the land’. After 40 years and 55 million murders we’re still spinning our wheels. A few sidewalk counselors have saved some babies (Hallelujah!) and some parental consent laws have been passed (caught up in litigation of course) but by and large we haven’t accomplished anything. Abortion is still legal.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
God’s Word makes it crystal clear abortion is murder. Man’s Law says abortion is legal. So why haven’t we enforced God’s Word? Because we’re more afraid of violating Man’s Law than we are of violating God’s Word, more afraid of going to jail than going to Hell, more fearful of human judges than fearful of Almighty God.
Proverbs 29:25 – Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
We’ve turned Man’s Law into an idol and worshipped it over and above the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The proof is we still refuse to enforce God’s Word. We still refuse to do anything that actually works. We refuse to intervene to save lives, we refuse to be Good Samaritans. We haven’t taken to heart what King David said in Psalm 24:1;
The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.
‘All’ includes babies in the womb. Yes, yes, I’m sure you know it but what have you actually done about it? What direct action can we take? How can we put an end to the bloodshed and slaughter?
And the answer is…sledgehammers.
Sledgehammers, with 8-12 pound sledges with 30-34 inch handles of hickory or fiberglass, are available for a wide variety of prices at Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Aces Hardware, Harbor Freight, Sears and many others, usually for under $40. More expensive ones can be had naturally, but $40 seems to be the high water mark for most of them. As a matter of simple economics sledgehammers are cheaper than abortion clinics and their equipment.
I’m sure you can see where this is going but let’s walk through it anyway.
In Luke 10:30-37, Jesus tells us the parable of the Good Samaritan, who had mercy on the man who had been beaten and robbed. The Samaritan spent his own money to help him. Jesus told this story in answer to a question about ‘who is my neighbor?’ Those in trouble, of course; those being attacked, killed and murdered. Those in the womb.
In Ecclesiastes 3:3, Solomon reminds us;
There is a time to tear down and a time to build.
Stopping the murder of innocent babies is ‘a time to tear down’ according to God’s Word. He goes even further in Proverbs 24:11 with a command to;
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
Tearing down an abortion clinic, a house of murder, is an act of righteousness, no matter what Man’s Law has to say about it. And ‘now’ is certainly the right time. As the Apostles noted in Acts 5:29;
We must obey God rather than men.
King David, a man after God’s own heart, had this to say about violence towards our enemies, in Psalm 18:37-41;
I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes. They cried for help, but there was no one to save them – to the LORD, but he did not answer.
Violence in defense of the weak or helpless, to prevent evil, stop oppression and murder, is no sin in the eyes of God. As the above verses attest, it’s just the opposite; it is commanded of us. It’s not only specific verses but God’s character as a whole which ordains it. If you read the Bible cover-to-cover (you should anyway) you’ll discover more about God’s character than is told merely by the words on the pages. As you watch God’s actions and words in each situation you’ll learn what He is like, how He thinks and where His heart is. The Holy Spirit living within you will confirm it so you’ll know, know what God is like. That certainty, that surety, will be with you when you contemplate taking a sledgehammer to an abortion clinic and its equipment. It will give you the courage of your convictions.
We have a God-given obligation to rescue those who cannot rescue themselves. Man’s law is murky, at best, on the subject of requiring someone to attempt a rescue. Except in rare instances there is no penalty for declining to help someone in danger. As you can see above, God’s Law is far different. The ‘watchman on the wall’ is guilty of a man’s blood if he fails to sound the alarm when danger approaches. To satisfy the demands of God’s perfect justice we must become life guards.
Have you ever seen a life guard on the beach or at the swimming pool? Strong, muscular types aren’t they? Fit and watchful, ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice. When danger threatens, they shove people out of the way or leap over them, to rescue a drowning person. During such times they have a laser-like focus that brooks no interference, will listen to no objections or protests. They can’t be reasoned with or bargained with because they’re on a mission to save a life with a single-minded dedication awesome to behold.
We need that same single-minded, laser-like dedication to life even at the cost of our own money or freedom, or both. We need to take that wimpy, limp-wristed title, ‘pro-life’, and drop kick it to the moon. WE’RE LIFE GUARDS!
Our enemies are not ‘pro-choice’. In fact they’re not ‘pro’ anything. They’re anti; anti-life, anti-God, anti-everything. They’re baby killers who should be treated just like King David treated his enemies. It’s time, past time, to treat their slaughter houses to the business end of a sledgehammer.
For this we need the PIN Strategy. Remember it? The first item on the list was ‘marches and demonstrations’. Swinging a sledgehammer like you’re trying out for one of those home improvement shows on HGTV is a demonstration all right. There’s nothing subtle about it and no interpretation is necessary.
For our PIN Strategy on this one we’ll need two groups of Christians. The first group, the wrecking crew, will be the ones swinging the sledgehammers. They need to understand they could be arrested and sent to jail for malicious destruction of private property. In most states, if the value of the property exceeds $250 it’s a felony and the sentence could be anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison. This is a substantial burden to bear so the wrecking crew must be compromised of volunteers who fully understand the risks involved. The larger the wrecking crew the less chance there is of anyone being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is based on the historical evidence from previous instances of civil disobedience from left-wing groups. In smaller groups individuals have a greater chance of harsh prosecution and imprisonment. In larger groups they have a greater chance of merely being slapped on the wrist and let go simply because of the logistics involved in prosecuting large numbers of people all at once. Nevertheless, Christians are an unpopular group these days so the risk of rigorous treatment is substantial. If you volunteer to be part of the wrecking crew you must understand the dangers involved and be willing to face them.
The second group will be the human shields. Although the human shields face a lesser degree of risk of prosecution, they face an equally great, if not greater, risk of immediate danger to life and limb during the event itself. The owners of the abortion clinics can be expected to loudly demand the police do anything and everything in their power to stop the wrecking crew from demolishing their business. The human shields, standing between the police and their target, will be subject to beatings with batons, water cannons, tear gas, police dogs and other types of immediate physical assaults. Demolishing a building with sledgehammers is quickly done so the police will be under pressure to move fast. Speed introduces sloppiness and increased chances of serious bodily harm. It’s just the nature of the beast. Added to that is the fact many police are sympathetic, for political reasons, to abortion and abortion providers which means they’ll be less inclined to be careful in applying force to the human shields. Given the gross, physical violence being displayed in flattening a building and all its contents, it’s even possible the authorities could resort to gunfire. The logic relating to size applies here as well. The police are just as human as you; they want to go home to their families when their shift is over. The larger the group they’re facing – and the better armed that group is, á la Cliven Bundy vs the BLM – the greater the odds they’ll show restraint.
News travels fast these days. If, according to the PIN Strategy, these events are planned to take place in multiple locations around the country on the same day, police reaction will be further muted as no Police Department wants to be the one in the hot seat answering questions from the press about their ‘over reaction’ when none of the others is. There is, as they say, safety in numbers – which is what the PIN Strategy is all about in the first place.
In addition to the wrecking crew and the human shields, other Christians will be needed to follow up with all the other points in the PIN Strategy; writing letters, flooding the phone lines, etc. Surrounding the police station where they try to take the wrecking crew or human shields for processing will also have an enormous impact. If concerned citizens can blockade buses filled with illegal aliens in Murrieta, California and force them to turn around (June, 2014), then concerned Christians can do the same thing to squad cars. Again and again, I can’t emphasize enough how important numbers are.
By now it should be painfully obvious I’m not advocating civil disobedience. The word ‘civil’ means courteous, well-mannered or polite. Reducing a building to rubble is patently not civil. It is indisputably violent in content and criminal in nature. Many Christians will have a deep-seated, visceral reaction against it. I don’t blame you, it’s what we’ve been taught from Day One of our Christian walk.
Under normal circumstances I would agree with you; this is beyond the pale. We should negotiate with the other side, come to some sort of agreement, some meeting of the minds, find some middle ground we can all settle for. If the last 40 years have taught us anything though, it should be that the other side – the baby killers – aren’t interested in compromise. There is no middle ground with them. From a strict logical perspective how could there be? How do you compromise between life and death? What middle ground is possible? This is not about turning the other cheek or going the extra mile, this is about stopping millions of cold-blooded murders.
It’s been said a million times, even by me a few pages back; insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. All the methods we’ve tried to date haven’t worked, nor will they ever work. It’s time to try something different. If you don’t like this answer, fine. Come up with a better answer of your own that will actually work. Otherwise, pick up a sledgehammer.