I had the privilege of spending a day with a national pro-life organization called Operation Save America. Unashamedly taking up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ, OSA passionately seeks to both expose the horror of abortion and provoke the Church to not sit silent as more than 1 million babies are killed each year.
Over the course of the day, we assembled outside of 3 abortion clinics, encountering pro-choice groups, police, and young women on their way to have an abortion. At noon, we gathered in the center of downtown Charlotte for a memorial service. A stand-in for the 55 million babies that have been killed since 1973 (Roe v Wade) was “Baby Choice”, an actual baby that was aborted in her 22nd week. The open-casket service was shocking. It was the reality of abortion lying naked and exposed in the city square.
Just as I thought the day had reached its peak, I was told we needed to head out in order to reach our next destination in time; Friday prayer at the Mosque. The Mosque? What does that have to do with abortion? I soon realized that OSA is first and foremost about the Gospel and the glory of God, and anything that stands against these principles are strongholds that need to be torn down. Worshipping the god of Islam is just as contrary to Biblical principles as killing a child. So the pro-life signs were traded for “Islam is a Lie” signs. The bullhorn preaching changed from “life” and “creation” to “false idol” and “repent”. But while the signs and the slogans may have changed, the underlying theme was the same; Jesus. For OSA, everything always goes back to Jesus. I saw that these families I had spent all day with are jealously determined to see Jesus glorified.
Whether you agree with their methods or not, the fact is these God-fearing families are exalting the name of Christ on the battlefield and standing in the gap for righteousness. Is it offensive? You bet. Do they say things that most people only think? Yup. But while the anti-septic gospel remains ineffectively kept in museums (dead churches) there is a remnant that is taking up the razor sharp Sword of the Spirit and daring anyone to stand in opposition to it…churches included.