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Spring Life Banquet (speech: Pierce Co Pregnancy Care Center)

1998 Pierce County Crisis Pregnancy Center
Spring Life Banquet
Master of Ceremonies Script (edited)
March 12, 1998


Welcome to the 14th Annual Spring Life Celebration of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Pierce County. We are very happy you have joined us this evening.

Over 25 years ago Francis Schaeffer wrote his monumental essay on Christian epistemology entitled, He is There and He is not Silent. In this essay, Dr. Schaeffer argues that we know what we know about the world because a personal-creator God exists and has communicated with us in an understandable way. Because God is there and because He has spoken, we humans are not alone in the universe. There is someone out there and that someone is our personal infinite God.

God himself tells us he is there for us in Exodus 3:14 when he spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai on a certain day in history. He told Moses his very name was–“I am He who Exists” (“Yahweh”). From the beginning of the human race, humankind has been searching for companionship in the universe. All the great philosophers and thinkers have posited gods in the universe to keep us company. The fear of being alone in our existence among deaf and dumb things is simply too great for the human soul to rest content.  Recently, this innate longing for cosmic companionship sent Carl Sagan and Jodie Foster out into space looking for any “Contact” with someone out there. However, as Schaeffer so eloquently points out, the only personal contact for the soul in this world is in a personal relationship with Jesus the Christ.

But still, American cultural gate-keepers persist in telling us that we are alone. The further away we move from a memory of Yahweh, the more we pretend as if He doesn’t exist, even though our conscience bears inner testimony that He does exist, because we are created in His image (Rom. 2:5; Ps. 139:13). Tragically, many of the young women who we see in the Pregnancy Care Centers are persons who have been told, and now believe, the Satanic lie that they are desperately alone in the world and perhaps a little companion who will love them is the answer to filling this loneliness in their lives. Unfortunately, this lie of cosmic loneliness continues to the other end of life’s spectrum where the old among us believe that they too are alone, and that no one is there who truly loves them and who wants them to “choose life and not death.” (Deut. 30:19)

In a remarkable book written about 35 years ago by a Marxist psychiatrist, Dr. Fredric Wertham (A Sign for Cain: An Exploration of Human Violence). Wertam notes our cultural slide into a worldview of violence by trying to explain how ordinary Germans 60 years ago could commit such horrendously violent crimes against humanity as the professional medical experimentation on thousands of European Jews. He asks how can distinguished men of medical science do such atrocious things to other human beings in the name of civilized medicine. He focuses on euthanasia and states plainly, “this is not painless death, this is murder.” Now Wertham, as a dedicated Marxist, would no doubt be in favor of abortion on demand as the natural right of women, denying the sanctity of human life.  But even he believed in 1964 that we were living in an “age of violence” ruled by the “Goddess of Violence” and that “violence is entrenched in our social life.” What would Wertham say now that we Americans have officially slaughtered over 35 million unborn persons since his book was written, and that we are now on our way to sanctioning and paying for the euthanasia slaughter of an untold number of old persons? We now have a popularly elected President (Clinton) who publicly supports the killing of unanesthetized infants in partial birth abortions but will fine you $5000 if you squash a bird egg (Bald Eagle Protection Act, 1940, 1072). The contrast between America now and Nazi Germany then is too close for dismissal.

The Lord commands His people to be a compassionate people (Eph. 4:32), that is, we are called to be a people with a deep love and sensitive soul for our neighbors around us. (Jesus tells us this in His parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10:30-37.) Biblical compassion though is not a cheap feeling, or emotion of pity, or warm sympathy for someone. It is a divine attribute of virtue leading us to loving action.

But in contemporary American society, feelings and emotions often substitute for godly virtue and Biblical compassion. Nowhere is this evil substitution more apparent than in abortion, because American compassion for mothers is the reason most often given for butchering babies before their birth. Now, if compassion for mothers is our guiding light, why stop with pre-birth homicide? Have we Americans no compassion for mothers of unwanted babies outside the womb who can be even more inconvenient and troublesome? Where is the dividing line between inconvenient new borns (partial birth abortions), and inconvenient toddlers (are they next?), and inconvenient teenagers? Surely, teenagers make parents suffer as much as little unborn babies do. How about inconvenient parents? Why shouldn’t we Americans be compassionate to those neighbors and friends who are suffering because of unwanted and costly parents? Come to think of it, there are other groups of people who may cause our neighbors to suffer–the hopelessly ill, the terminally suffering, the severely retarded, the troublesome racial and ethnic groups, the politically incorrect, the religious malcontents, maybe some of you.

There is no reason why the American version of cheap  compassion-run-amok will stop with baby killing. Indeed, 100 miles south of here, Oregonians have voted twice (1994, 1997) to be able to kill each other to save themselves from the inconvenience of pain and costly medical bills for the family. And now they want the state to pay for the killing because it is the “compassionate” and “non discriminating” thing to do (AP story “Assisted suicide gets taxpayer assistance” 2/27/98). The movement for wholesale slaughter of innocent old people (politely called, “euthanasia”–“a good death,” but which attorney Wesley Smith calls Forced Exit) is well underway in Washington State under the mendacious name of “Compassion in Dying of Washington.” (“Death March, WJ Smith, NR, 2/23/98). Now that American life is cheapened and de-sanctified at one extreme through abortion, life is demonized at every age symbolized by American acceptance of Jack Kevorkian and his death-on demand traveling murder-incorporated circus.

That is one reason why the battle over abortion is not just another activity in the life of the church. God will not continue to withhold his wrath and judgment from a culture of death that celebrates and funds the massive killing of innocent lives. He will not be mocked (Ex. 23:7; Gal. 6:7). 35 million young lives cry out for justice.

I am reminded that what started in 1973 when Roe beat Wade in the U.S. Supreme Court giving us the right to kill the voiceless among us, now, in only 25 years, has led to our right to kill the feeble-voiced among us. The full spectrum of life is now threatened. With our child-killing worship of Molech (Lev. 18:21; Deut. 12:31; 2 Kings 3:27). American society has destroyed the sanctity of all that is uniquely human–individual sexual identity, monogamous marriage, and personal purity. The Imperial Self (cf, The Rise of the Imperial Self, Ronald Dworkin) has been loosed upon our land and judgment awaits, unless we repent as a society. What was only the nose of the camel in 1973 for the sake of compassion for young pregnant mothers, has seen the rest of the camel, the smelly parts of the camel, enter into our national tent because it is a one piece camel. And now the camel of death owns the tent. The specter of pagan violence hangs over the head of this country. I have a quote hanging in my office from Helaire Belloc (1870-1953), the English Catholic writer of the first half of this century. It is his description of the relationship between Christianity and paganism. He writes: “We sit by and watch the barbarian.  We tolerate him. In the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence. His comic inversion of our old certitudes and fixed creeds refreshes us. We laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond. And on these faces there is no smile.”

Brothers and sisters, Pierce County Crisis Pregnancy Centers are truly on the front lines of a massive spiritual battle, and we are its supply troops. Thank you for “standing in the gap on behalf of the” (Ez. 22:30) defenseless unborn. Thank you for being “greatly indignant” (2 Kings 3:27) about America’s evil “compassionate” killing.

For years now we have been bringing Protestant minded speakers to our Spring Life Celebration—Gary Bauer, Kay James, Edith Schaeffer, Marvin Olasky. This is the way it should be since we are an organization with a Protestant worldview that holds that Scripture is the sole rule of faith and practice in life of all individuals. But this year we have invited an individual with a different background. This year’s speaker is a 72-year-old ethnic Jew. A physician who is responsible for killing over 75,000 unborn human babies in our country through his abortuaries. We called him “The Abortion King” in his heyday of slaughter. Then about 20 years ago he began to have second thoughts about abortion and when ultra-sound became available he saw what there was to see–a little human inside mom. He became profoundly pro-life and made a truly astonishing film using ultra-sound technology, the epochal, “Silent Scream.” Then he began to identify the “God shaped vacuum in his heart” of which Pascal spoke. He began to read Augustine, Dostoyevsky, Muggeridge, Lewis, and John Newman, among other Christians. Then he began to think about suicide because he felt his excruciating loneliness with his moral burden of killing. Then through the living testimony of people like Randall Terry and the Operation Rescuers and some Roman Catholic co-labors he began to see that perhaps he wasn’t alone after all; That God was there and had been speaking to him. Then . . . well let him tell the rest of the story in a recent interview with Jim Dobson (Physician, 1-2, 1998).

Dobson: “What is it like to carry the burden of having overseen the destruction of so many lives?”

Nathanson: “Well, if you’d asked me that

5 years ago I would have said I have a feeling of terrible guilt and a feeling that I will never be forgiven. However, about a year ago I accepted Christ as my Savior, and as a result I know that I’ve been forgiven. I have a lot of remorse over those lives I destroyed. But the moral baggage has been lightened by my conversion . . . . The only person I knew that could take care of me was Jesus . . . . Christianity is where I have to be. It’s the only place for me.”

It gives me pleasure to introduce to you Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who will be speaking on “Abortion: Past, Present and Future.”


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