By Editorial Staff
Published October 1, 1989
By David MacLean
In an age such as ours, when God’s people are called upon to confront officially sanctioned evil, we may find ourselves faced with painful and life changing decisions.
As I sat in a West Hartford, Connecticut courthouse on Monday, June 19th, 1989, I weighed my options: either I would post bail and return to my job working with retarded adults, or I would strengthen my stand, remaining in police custody indefinitely and risk losing my job. Ultimately, I remained in jail for 24 days and every single day brought a new testimony of God’s faithfulness and provision.
This was the seventh time that I had participated in Operation Rescue – a non-violent sit-in on the site of an abortion clinic – and the second time I had been arrested. I had arrived in Hartford on Saturday morning and had spent several hours blocking the stairwell leading to an abortion clinic along with 300 other people. Christians from many different backgrounds had come together in an attitude of repentance, praying and physically interceding for the children who were to be slaughtered that day. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those who had gathered there was breathtaking, and there was a unity and fellowship which transcended denominational barriers. This is Christianity the way it is intended to be!
As the day wore on, our success became apparent: no abortions were likely to take place that day, and at least one woman had changed her mind, deciding to receive the help of our counseling services rather than kill her baby. But there was one more detail that needed to be taken care of. In order to make sure that the clinic would remain closed, some rescuers were needed to block the buses being used to transport those who had been arrested. By causing further delays, we would insure that the clinic would remain closed. I agreed to go along and will never forget what happened next.
The whole scene was unbelievable: out in the parking lot, policemen were cursing, blaspheming, and in some cases, brutally torturing the rescuers. Men were groaning in pain as their hands were being stepped on. Older women (some past 60 years) were being dragged painfully by their handcuffed arms. I placed my body under a police bus and was there for a minute or two before being dragged out and painfully and tightly handcuffed.
When I responded to this abuse by audibly praying and forgiving the arresting officer, he grew visibly angry and when the time came for me to be dragged on the bus, the arresting officer threatened to break my wrists if I didn’t walk. When I responded by singing and praising God, the officer almost proved his threat, but fortunately I am quite limber, and his best efforts (lifting me by my cuffed wrists, bending them back as far as possible while dragging me on the bus and jamming my wrists against the seats) did not succeed. I will never forget the unfettered anger I saw that day. All that I had heard about violence against blacks during the civil rights marches of the 1960s did not prepare me for that day in Connecticut.
Even as we were brought into a West Hartford courtroom, the abuse continued. One man, who was overweight and suffering from hypoglycemia, screamed in pain as police dragged him across the courtroom floor. We stayed there for two nights, and when our bail was set for that Monday morning, Judge Raymond Norko (who said that he ordered the police “to use no more pain compliance”) sat and watched as a non-compliant rescuer was kicked by policemen.
Finally, we were brought to the Hartford County Corrections Center, where those of us who refused bail spent the next 20 days. I spent most of my time apart from the other rescuers in a barracks style bunk house along with 104 other men, most of whom were awaiting trial for felony charges.
What can I say about this painful yet precious time? God proved Himself faithful every day, as I learned first hand what it was like to be at the mercy of our arbitrary and overcrowded prison system. I had often dreamed of ministering to prisoners, but God gave me the practical every day experience of getting to know these men whose lives were in pieces as our court system repeatedly denied them their right to a speedy trial. The privilege of sharing my faith in Jesus Christ with dozens of men (including two struggling Christians) was absolutely priceless. And in my darkest hour, God compounded the blessing by using one of them to minister to me!
Ultimately, I emerged entirely unhurt: God protected both my physical body and my job, and made more fervent than ever my desire to see reform brought to every aspect of our society by the power of His Spirit!
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » Pro-life Articles
Your comments are welcome!
That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
Special offer: Order 5 or more for $5 each.
Watch a clip from Martin Luther.
$9.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
$4.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)