by Karen Quiner
A few years ago, I was chilled to the bone while watching a documentary about the holocaust. It was done from a unique perspective, one I had never seen before.
The documentary featured pictures and footage of ordinary Germans, most of them family-oriented, church-going folks, who went about the business of living their ordinary lives while people were being gassed by the millions. All of them saw their Jewish friends being stripped of their rights, and then disappearing from their homes. Many of them didn’t know they were being killed. But they all knew something was terribly wrong.
Some of them actually did work in the camps and saw first hand what was happening, and at the end of the day, would go back to their homes and have dinner with their families, tuck their pretty little babies into bed, and take them to church on Sunday.
It was a horrifying documentary and haunted me for days. What haunted me was the concern that this could happen anywhere, and the questions in my mind of what would I have done if I had been in the shoes of one of those Germans.
Those of us who work for the cause of life know that this scene IS playing out across this country today. Millions of people are being killed every year and it is getting worse.
People we know and love, family and friends, people we go to church with, either choose to ignore it, or worse, do their part to expand abortion rights in this country. They do it in the name of “a woman’s right to choose,” or “women’s reproductive health,” (there is nothing healthy about an abortion), or the name of “love” for the woman experiencing an unwanted pregnancy.
This administration, this president, has an appalling pro-abortion, pro-death record. For a complete list go to: http://www.breakthroughbrochures.com/pro-abortion-record.cfm
So many of our friends and fellow Christians prayed hard for a change this election cycle because of this holocaust. Many of them have been Democrats their entire lives and finally had their eyes opened to what is going on and realized that they had to do what they could to change it.
We had high hopes and were in mourning that evening and the next day. I felt sick, stunned, and near tears. The most discouraging thing was knowing that people I worship with had voted for this pro-abortion administration. Some of them just don’t know, too many of them do.
I went to work on Wednesday and prayed.
I prayed for our country, our president, our citizens, my church community, and for myself, that I would not succumb to despair and that God would use me.
And then my phone rang.
It was a client from the Los Angeles area who was calling on a business matter. But first, he brought up the election. I try to stay away from politics in business, so at first I was just going to listen and not say much.
He offered that he was a fiscal conservative, but that he supports gay marriage and was in favor of a woman’s right to choose. I said a quick prayer for guidance and felt led to engage him, something I would have previously never done with a customer.
I said to him,
“Bob, I am curious about something. Do you believe that the baby in the womb is a live person?”
In a nutshell, he said that yes he did, but he didn’t feel he could impose his beliefs on others.”
“Laws impose beliefs and values on others all the time in this county. We tell people that we don’t care what they believe, that they don’t have the right to beat their children. And in another time, that they didn’t have the right to own human beings as their slaves.”
And he said,
“But I believe a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body.”
And I asked,
“But does she have the right to kill the body of another human being?”
We talked for over 45 minutes going back and forth. In the end, he thanked me and said that for the first time in his life, he felt like he needed to rethink his position.
And this is the important part – he went on to say,
“My girlfriend is a pro-life Christian and I can’t even talk to her about this. She gets so emotional and has a shove-it-down-your-throat style when talking about abortion.”
That really caught my attention because I am so passionate about this issue and I know I have done the same thing on too many occasions. This conversation went so well only because I prayed first and the Holy Spirit, and Mary, were with me.
When I got off the phone I was stunned about what had happened and thanked God profusely. It filled me with joy, dispelled my growing despair, and renewed my hope. It made me know in my gut that God is at work, that He is winning, and in fact He has already won. It made me feel like a soldier girded for battle, ready to stand firm and be used in any way He needs me.
And what I know now is that this battle is going to be won, only with love, and one heart at a time.
“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”