“Pledge a Picketer”
Those were the words printed on a banner that hung outside the Planned Parenthood I prayed in front of on Monday. Apparently, Planned Parenthood has a program where their donors give money based on the number of “picketers” that stand outside their abortion clinics. It turned my stomach to think that the leadership of Planned Parenthood is using people’s care and concern for the unborn as a means to raise profits for their own assault on life. Their perversion of something good reminded me of God’s judgment upon Israel for their own twisting of righteous actions: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter…Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 5:20, 24).
I don’t share this to dissuade anyone from praying against or protesting what is going on inside those clinics. Actually, my time of prayer on Monday greatly encouraged me to do more in the fight against abortion. I met a dear older brother named “Bud” who had been praying outside Planned Parenthood clinics for over 23 years. He regularly participates in “sidewalk counseling” (encouraging mothers, who are on their way into the clinic to have an abortion, to reconsider and choose life) and the more time I spent with him, the more I praised God that a man like him (with a loving heart and a kind way about him) had been called to plead with those who were in that desperate place. He shared that over the years he had helped save 60 babies! He lamented that the numbers weren’t higher, but I praised God with him for those 60 children and their parents who were spared the horrors of abortion.
Bud shared with me how the particular clinic we were praying outside of had closed its doors and moved 3 times. Each time he and others like him found the new location and again took up their post outside the clinic doors to pray and encourage those visiting the clinic to choose life. His is a powerful testimony (God brought this Roman Catholic to Himself through the reading of the Word and Bud now describes himself as a “born again”) and it was wonderful to see a man like him committed to this issue.
But we need more.
My plan is to go back and again pray and sing and share the scripture outside that place. I’d love to have others join me. I’d love to have a hundred others join me and see a generations of men and women like Bud rise up and honor God. As for the “Pledge a Picketer” campaign, I don’t care about their dumb sign or their wicked pledge program. No matter how much money they raise, it will never come close to the value of those 60 lives saved.
For the truth about Planned Parenthood, go back through this post and click on the Planned Parenthood hot links; but be prepared, the truth is shocking.