Thursday, January 16, 2014

Babies Are Murdered Here: A Review

For less than two years, I have stood outside an abortion clinic in Mission Hills, CA, most Tuesday and Saturday mornings, pleading with men and women not to murder their unborn children, and proclaiming the law and the gospel to the same. What motivated me to enter into this kind of ministry (the most difficult ministry of which I have ever been a part) was serving as part of the Living Waters team during the time the ministry produced the documentary, 180. Although I organized the ministry's national college and university distribution campaign, I could not shake the fact that I was not personally doing enough to fight for the lives of unborn children and for the souls of those who murder them.

Ten months ago, I contacted Pastor Jon Speed and Marcus Pittman who were in the early production stages of a new documentary titled Babies Are Murdered Here. I asked them to come to Southern California to participate in a one-day "Babies Are Murdered Here" effort at the abortion clinic where I minister. They agreed to come. On Saturday, March 23, 2013, a team of more than 45 people joined me at the abortion clinic to let the world know that babies were being murdered there.

For the purpose of full disclosure, our efforts that day were filmed and clips of our efforts are in the film.

Less than an hour ago, I finished watching a pre-release, rough cut of the documentary Babies Are Murdered Here. I cannot begin to express how fortunate, privileged, and humbled I am to have participated in a small way, in this film.

The film wasn't what I thought it would be while, at the same time, much more than I expected.

I have maintained a quiet level of concern, even apprehension, that the film might come across as too militant in the eyes of many Christians who might not have the stomach for front line evangelism and war waging against one of the great evils of our day--abortion. The reason I had this concern was that people like me were in it--open-air preachers--men who take to the streets to herald the good news of the gospel and who unashamedly and publicly call people to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The open-air preaching subculture is a much misunderstood and often maligned group. Sadly, there are times when the subculture brings misunderstanding and consternation upon itself.

However, while the tone of the film is firm and resolute throughout, there is nary a hint of militancy. While the call "where is the Church" is anything but veiled, the call is bridled with edifying words to the Church to stand up, be seen, be heard, and fight the good fight.

The film is honest, true, passionate, compassionate, strong, firm, loving, and kind. And.....the gospel is preached. Yes, the gospel is preached. I would expect nothing less considering the men who produced the film and those who were called upon to participate in the it. And with the preaching of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ there is a clear and genuine message of forgiveness in the film. Those who are rightly characterized as murderers (i.e. abortive mothers and fathers, abortionists, nurses, clinicians, clerical staff, and anyone and everyone who supports them in their murderous work), can find and receive forgiveness for their sins by the grace of God alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

I do wonder, though, if the American Evangelicalism Church is ready for this film--not because it is gratuitously provocative. I wonder if the American Evangelical Church is ready for a film that, no matter what efforts might be made to marginalize or criticize the film, leaves the Christian viewer with the unshakable reality that the American Evangelical Church, with all of it "Walks for Life" and "Baby Bottle Campaigns" (which are good activities), is all but AWOL on the abortuary field of battle. Well, whether or not the American Evangelical Church is ready for Babies Are Murdered Here, every person who calls himself a Christian must see this film. Every person who professes to be "pro-life" must see this film. It's not only that good. It's that important.

The film is scheduled for release on January 22, 2014, which is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Apologia Radio and Crown Rights are working to raise $3,000 to begin a mass distribution campaign, the goal of which is getting the DVD into the hands of college and university students around the country. If you would like to help cover post-production and distribution costs, please make your donation here.

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