Many churches and organizations were represented at our vigil today. Here are some photos from the morning shift, taken by Sally and Pamela:
The First-Shift Manager Sally made the following comments:
“This was a lighter than usual Saturday, but they were doing abortions. Abortionist Beatrice Chen went in at 7:40. There were 9 escorts present till after 10 a.m. A little over 40 people, including children, signed in. As usual, they came from many different churches & areas. One man went by screaming that we are evil people. We were singing a hymn, and a lady being escorted into Planned Parenthood kept yelling at us to shut up.”
“There is a sign in the new bookstore (next to Planned Parenthood) that says, “Jesus tells us that people who pray loudly on street corners are hypocrites”. They are entitled to their opinion. I’ve been called many names worse than that. Sally”
For those who don’t know the story…I don’t think we have a friend with the new book-store owner…although I will continue to try to be friendly with him whenever I have the opportunity. Our 40 Days for Life Event Coordinator, Tom, went into the bookstore one day last week…just to be friendly. He asked the owner what type of books he sells. The owner looked at him and said (rather sarcastically) “We sell intelligent, open-minded books here”. Tom then tried to make conversation with him about some of the historical books about ancient pagan religions…and noted how the pagan gods were always cruel and angry gods. The owner said, “Well, aren’t they all like that?” Tom said, “Not the Christian God…He is kind and loving.” The man asked Tom what makes him think the Christian God is so loving. Tom said, “Well, He died to save us from our sins…that is pretty loving!” At this point, the owner told Tom, “Get out of my store right now!” Tom asked him, “Now who is being close-minded?” “You mean to tell me that just because I mentioned my belief in God, you don’t want to hear it and are telling me to get out of your store?” The owner threatened to call the police if Tom didn’t leave his store immediately. Tom left. So much for “tolerance”.
John, who witnessed at the vigil this morning…sent me the following comments about the sign in the bookstore’s window:
“In response to the sign in the Awesome Bookstore’s window: Matthew 6:5 – “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.”
So, am I a hypocrite? No, and here’s why…
Mark 16:15 – He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. New Living Translation (©2007) And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. American Standard Version And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
Matthew 6:5 is a wonderful and appropriate message. Indeed, those who preach to be seen should be called hypocrites. But we are outcast by most of the public.
We say “Thou shall not kill”, and they simply shake their heads, and turn their backs tous. When someone yells something foul at us we simply remain silent. We hope we reach them on some level. We ask: “Have you read UNPLANNED by Abby Johnson”, hoping that the mere suggestion causes them to pick up the book. It would give them a different perspective on the issue. They would realize that a person is being killed in anabortion, and another severely hurt. If it’s only one person, or if one life is not terminated, it’s worth it. If that’s my reward, it’s worth it.
And to the proprietor of the bookstore, I’m praying for you.
I will post any other photos or stories from the second and third shift as they come in.