This is a great development Diana! Now they will attempt to intimidate you and manipulate you and make the issue your defiance of their rules instead of their insistence on covering-up the truth about abortion. I suggest that your default argument should be some variation of this:
If a child fell into the Biola swimming pool, and you started to jump in to save her, but you were stopped by an administrator who warned you that pool regulations prohibit any entry into the water dressed in other than approved swimming attire, the administrator would arguably have the legal authority to declare you a trespasser and threaten to withhold your diploma, suspend you, expel you, or even arrest if you jumped into the water in street clothes. But would he have the spiritual authority to order you to refrain from saving the child’s life? Would it glorify God for you to comply and thereby allow the child to die?
If the administrator ordered you to refrain from doing something which you knew would save a child’s life and you complied because you decided that bureaucratic rules were more important than human lives, would you not both be judged by God for the most Pharisaic sort of legalism?
The difference between my hypothetical and reality is that children aren’t falling into Biola’s figurative swimming pool: They are being thrown in, and you can save some of them. They may think that upsetting passersby is worse than getting lint in the pool filters but, allowing savable babies to die is infinitely worse than either.
What is the worst thing Biola can do to you for breaking this rule? Would it be more injurious to you than the guilt you would feel at allowing savable children to perish? What is the worst consequence Biola will suffer if you refuse to comply with this regulation? Passersby being upset? Can’t those passersby easily avert their gaze? Is that too heavy a burden to impose if doing so saves even one life?
What consequence will Biola suffer if they punish you for showing the truth? A ruinous public relations train wreck. We will film your arrest if they go that route and post it all over the internet. If they don’t punish you, however, the cover-up will end and serious abortion education will suddenly become possible.
If you remain strong you will set an inspiring example of self-sacrifice which would embolden students at Christian colleges all across the country. You can be gracious and gentle but respectfully refuse to be intimidated into accepting Biola’s long-running abortion cover-up.
Tell them you are willing to post warning signs as we do at all public universities at which we display these abortion photos. Tell them you are willing to make toll-free phone numbers available for people who need to talk to a pregnancy resource or post-abortion counselor. But tell them you won’t display the signs where few passersby travel and you won’t turn the signs away from pedestrian traffic. Again, people who don’t want to look are free to avert their gaze, but you are going to expose the deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). We will get you the best lawyers if necessary and I assure we will stand with you all the way.
With all due respect, it is absurdly illogical to mischaracterize our cry for help as a protest. The word “target” merely means to select. It says nothing about the purpose for which that selection is being made.
It is also idolatry to worship the church, and I fear that you are bowing down before an institution. The church is to be respected (nothing we have ever done shows the slightest disrespect for the church) but the church is not sacred. Our Savior is sacred. In the 7th chapter of the book of Jeremiah, God commands his prophet to stand in the gates of the Temple and warn God’s people that they have innocent blood on their hands because they are committing and tolerating child sacrifice of the very sort being committed and tolerated by today’s churches in the form of abortion. We are acting within the spirit of that command.
You donate to us when we hold abortion photos outside classrooms whose professors are hiding the horror of abortion. You castigate us when we hold those same signs outside churches whose pastors are hiding the horror of abortion. Neither display is a protest. Both displays save babies and protect mothers. Your position is incoherent.
Countless women have told us that they had heard their pastors inveigh against abortion but didn’t embrace that teaching until they saw the evil of abortion with their own eyes. There are no words which are adequate to describe that evil. Many women with “pro-life” pastors have tearfully told us that they would not have killed their children had they seen our signs outside their churches. It is legalism of the most sickening sort when someone would rather allow babies to die than disturb the complacency of churches which are doing little or nothing to stop this holocaust. God help us. We are praying for you. This isn’t merely a principled disagreement over strategy and tactics. This is a decision over whether we are going to continue to cover up the terrible truth about abortion or start exposing it before the church. The blood of savable babies is on the hands of those who demand that we hide that truth.
From: Rebeccah Smith Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 5:57 PM To: Gregg Cunningham Subject: Donations
My mother has contacted CBR about discontinuing financial support for the organization. Thank you for discontinuing her automatic contributions.
It is my understanding that you have said my mother has “mischaracterized” the work that is the impetus for ceasing support. It is important that you understand this is not true, so that you, as a professional representative of an organization, don’t mistake other’s descriptions, similarly.
First let me say, we have discontinued funding over the same issue. My husband and I, like my parents, are pro-life. We are dedicated to efforts that advance the eventual demise of Roe v. Wade. We want to see abortion illegal in the United States and unborn babies recognized as persons and granted equal protection under the law. We have whole-heartedly supported Sarah’s work that has furthered this cause and believe she has undertaken a noble work.
It has come to our attention that CBR has ‘targeted’ churches and have stood outside of them while congregationalists walk in for morning worship. Although the word “protest” was not used in the description of this work, this fits the definition. We believe churches should preach the Bible and should be gospel-centered. If they do this right, they will not avoid clearly stating that the unborn should be protected, as the Bible clearly supports they are created in the image of God. We do not support protesting outside of churches that do not meet the standard set by CBR. This is not a mischaracterization. Description provided by CBR of the ‘targeting’ is below.
Thank you for your dedication to the pro-life cause. I am sorry we disagree on this particular tactic. I’m sure you would agree that rallying together, unifiying– not dividing– those who want to abolition abortion, should be the aim of everyone opposed to the legalized killing of unwanted children yet unborn.