We know, statistically that high school students, and even some middle school students are sexually active.
We know, statistically that high school students, and even some middle school students seek abortions, if not now, later.
1 in 4 women will have an abortion.
So Why do we go to schools?
We go where the Front Lines are. We go to inform students, before they are pregnant or seeking an abortion , that abortion is the evil of our age.
We go to inform them that each pregnancy, from the moment of conception, is a human being in their Mother’s womb.
We stand on the gospel of Jesus Christ, who came to the womb to redeem the world. In the very place he became like us in all things, we are all guilty of allowing the legal murder our own sons and daughters.
And so we seek to tell students that they will not find freedom in sex. They will not find liberty in murder. We urge them NOT to be enslaved by sin, but to find freedom in Christ.
We also seek to tell them that rather than prop up this injustice, we ought to oppose and expose the evil of our day.
Why do we use Graphic images?
Our Society often engages in collective moralism, using history to illustrate injustice, and praise those who opposed it. Abolitionists of old, Soldiers in WWII who helped end the Holocaust, and Civil Rights giants like Martin Luther King Jr. who said: “Injustice must be exposed.”
As a culture we value past movements that despite great sacrifice of self, and risk of danger, sought to end injustice and expose it. We do the same, and agree with the imperative “Never Again.”
We use graphic pictures of abortion to illustrate and educate on the injustice perpetuated in our nation on image bearers, human beings murdered legally in our nation. We use them as a “Schoolteacher” teaching the law that God has written on our hearts, our conscience, that tells us what is right and wrong. (Romans 1)
In a study from the University of Nebraska Press, published in 1992, it was estimated children viewed an average of 200,000 acts of violence on Television before they reached the age of 18.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reports that “Students in grades six and above demonstrate the ability to empathize with individual eyewitness accounts and to attempt to understand the complexities of Holocaust history, including the scope and scale of the events. ”
It is established that young students are capable not only of viewing violent imagery, but of processing it, and determining a need to oppose injustice.
What is more disturbing than the pictures themselves, are the parents who seek to cover them up, and hide the truth, while hypocritically touting brave men and women of the past who used such images to say: “Never Again.”
Students see this response and follow their parents in dehumanizing the human beings in the womb for the purpose of their destruction. Or, they are disturbed by their parents lack of compassion for their peers who are being murdered daily in our nation.
What will you model for your student? A courageous desire to oppose injustice, whatever the cost? Or a cowardly response that perpetuates evil, because you desire it to be so, or it is too difficult to oppose?
What is our message?
Our message is one of pleading with you to love God, and love your neighbor.
“At this very moment you are either living to serve Christ, love others, and walking a path which leads to life, or you are living to serve yourself, a slave to your sin, and walking a path which leads to Death. ” (excerpt from Booklet, which can be read here: You’ve Been Lied To)
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” (Duet. 30:15-20)