Monday, August 01, 2005

This is the Strategy That Wins!

by Flip Benham


When Boulder, Colorado abortionist Warren Hern took out a full page ad in the Rocky Mountain News decrying the methods used by Operation Save America, calling us names and comparing us to fascists, Big Brother, Nazi's, and the Ku Klux Klan – who would ever have imagined that he gave us the greatest pat on the back we have ever had?  Read again what he said in those final three sentences of the ad:"American women who want to have reproductive health and freedom and who want to live in the 21st century instead of going back to the 9th century [Mr. Hern's way of saying women who want to have sex without responsibility or consequences]have less to fear from the overturn ofRoe vs. Wadeby the Supreme Court than from Operation Save America.   A little more of this, and doctors just won't do abortions. Would you?"


What the Church of Jesus Christ did inBoulder,ColoradoSprings, andDenver this past week presents us with the strategy that wins!  The devil has spoken very clearly through Warren Hern’s mouth that it is not the politicians and lawyers inWashington,D.C., that are a threat to him.  It is the Church rising up in the Name of Jesus, and storming the gates of hell with the sharp double edged Sword of the Spirit, that has him in such a tizzy.  Thank you Mr. Hern, and thank you devil for this back-handed compliment. It is simply the greatest single compliment that we have ever been given.


Mr. Hern, you have made it clear that abortion will come to an end inAmerica when the Church of Jesus Christ makes up her mind it will come to an end, and not one second sooner.  This is such glorious news, because now we don’t have to wait upon our waffeling Republican brethren to stand up and be brave – we can “just do it” ourselves! How?  By allowing the theology of the church house to become biography in the streets. When we unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit at the gates of hell the very power of God is loosed. This is what has been lacking in our legislative wranglings.


Until now, we Christians have been ashamed of God's Word. The world had convinced us that if we were ever going to win the battle for the lives of little boys and girls waiting to be born we would have to do it through legislative means.  Of course this meant that we could never fight the battle in the Name of Jesus, and we most certainly could not quote from the Bible.  That would be viewed as so politically incorrect and not conducive to crafting legislation that would be acceptable to all parties involved. Please!  This lie from the pit of hell has been a failed strategy for 33 years! 


But look at what happens when the Church moves out of her cave into the streets and takes her rightful stand on the standard of God's Word. When she unsheathes the Sword of the Spirit all hell stands back and takes notice.  It cannot prevail.  Even our enemies admit defeat, for our Lord"is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think." (Ephesians 3:20.)


So the question remains.  Will we rely on the arm of flesh (political pragmatism) or will we rely on the Sword of the Spirit to accomplish the work we have been given to do – end abortion? One can work on the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” from now until the cows come home and never save the life of one child.  The “Partial Birth Abortion Ban” was disputably one of the greatest boondoggles ever foisted upon the pro-life community. The devil himself would have signed this into law.


We can, with the very best of motives, get “Parental Notification” and “Parental Consent” bills passed and signed into law.  But then we look at each other with awkward amazement as we realize that it is never right to kill a child, even when the parents are notified or even when they give their consent. Surprisingly, we find ourselves fighting against God and His Word, rather than working with Him.


Many of our high profile evangelical Christian leaders are doing their level best to end abortion, but they cannot do it by relying on the arm of the flesh (Republican political strategy). Abortion will not be be ended by electing a Republican President, a Republican House, and a Republican Senate.  We already have that and nothing has changed. 


It will not be ended by packing the Supreme Court with Republican court appointees. Seven of the justices sitting on the Supreme Court for the past five years have been appointed by Republican Presidents. The court is still decidedly pro-abortion. This vividly reflects the failed strategy of the pro-life movement.


Here is the strategy that will win. Simple little Christians, not loving their own lives so much as to shrink from death, storm the gates of hell where little children are being killed and allow theology to become biography in the streets. 


The Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Denver, on the corner of 20th and Vine, shut down Saturday. Why? Because the Church of Jesus Christ showed up at the gates – not because we voted, not because we packed the court with prolife judges, not because we have a Republican Congress or President, but because simple Christians came to the abortion mill. Countless babies were saved.


Saul's armor makes us wholly dependent upon elected officials to fight the Goliath of abortion that only we can slay. Evangelical leaders don't know it, but the battle is being won as gentle Christians take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the gates of hell. God has given us vision and hope.   We can handle the situation. With God's help, the giant of abortion is coming down!


Just ask Warren Hern!


God bless you,

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