The Line Between Love & Violence
If violence begets violence, then love should beget love? On the sidewalk, we preach truth, love and Jesus. But the decision to abort is a violent one, and even when we speak love and life, we are met with violence.
Rather than the urban legend of prolifers screaming and fighting with ‘clients’ [we call them moms], on the sidewalk WE are faced with violence DAILY. We’ve been threatened with guns, cars gunning for us, our signage picked up and thrown [and that’s from passersby], ‘things’ thrown at us…all this and the customary middle fingers, ‘get a job’, ‘get a life’, vulgar profanities, threats, etc.
MAKE NO MISTAKE: Those are violent acts. No one wants to debate the cause peacefully with those who oppose your opinion.
Most often, those that oppose us out loud are typically post-abortive. They act out their frustration of their decision to abort in years past. We are not their enemy, their abortion is. Their decision to kill was so catastrophic that it begat violence to others.
Sidewalk counselors and advocates have to turn the other cheek or we are no different than they are. We teach by the example that Jesus gave us.
Then, the line between love and violence is JESUS. My dear friends, continue to pray to end abortion, show up to vote, show up at the sidewalk of abortion facilities, the hospitals that perform them and to the Statehouse. Without prayer, church support and community support, we cannot defeat this Goliath called abortion.
Everyone is or will be affected by abortion. Be prepared to give an answer to every question, and love unconditionally….especially when you don’t want to.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” [Matthew 5:38-42]