A small church in Florida has taken a big stand against abortion. First Baptist Church of Trenton, Florida completed a church project to create 4,000 crosses and display them on their grounds. Each cross represents one of the estimated 3,000-4,000 babies that are killed in abortions each day in America.
” The Lord laid this on my heart three years ago. I got the pieces cut. We had everything on palates ready to go, but things would happen and we couldn’t get it together,” Lead Pastor Keith McConnell explained.
After seeing the movie “180” a stunning documentary film in which Ray Comfort challenges the pro-choice beliefs of 8 people with just one daring question, the church was motivated to complete the project and get the crosses up. The sign they posted in front of the crosses also displays the URL for the 180 movie website (which can viewed fir free at www.180movie.com).
Awakening the Nation to Sin
The prophet Jeremiah shouted to the people of Israel, crying to them about the sins that they were committing:
23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
For their multitude of sins and rebellion against God, the tribes of Judah and Benjamin were attacked, slaughtered and taken into slavery by the Babylonian Empire. God’s judgment hung over them and they did not heed the numerous warnings from his prophet. Today, the role of a Christian is no different. Under the guise of women’s rights and “choice” abortion has made the murder of life in the womb acceptable and widely supported. However, the Bible is clear that life in the womb is life. As God told Jeremiah:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. — Jeremiah 1.
Not only was Jeremiah alive in the womb, God had already sanctified and knew him. What an amazing revelation from The Lord on how intimately involved in our creation He is. Yet the way of the world has tried to determine when “life begins” and persuade society to see a “fetus” as different from a human being and thus justify their death. And the argument is very effective (as this author can attest, having repented to God for being pro-choice at one time in life). But a baby in the womb is a life. And aborting that child is taking a life.
As the world plunges deeper into sin, the job of a Christian, just like Jeremiah 2,500 years ago, is to point people back to Jesus Christ and God’s Word. First Baptist Church is taking the right step by not attacking any person or group, but taking a strong, bold stand for righteousness.
“We believe that we can make a difference,” McConnell said. “We are in a small town, but we are located on a major highway in town. It’s the main road in the county.
“The majority of the community is saying things like, ‘Wow, I never imagined that many (lives lost to abortion).’ You don’t understand how many lives have been taken until you’ve seen the crosses. … “I think it is really effective in helping people understand our individual roles in making a difference and helping stop abortion in our nation.”
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139)