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    Saturday, May 05, 2007
    Provoked
    Came across this photo randomly in some facebook group. I thought it was quite thought-provoking.

    Who are we, really, to judge? To hate? To protest? I'm not sure. It reminds me of a time, about 6 years ago, when I was really into the whole "Rock for Life" movement. They are a pro-life, teen oriented, punk rock goth hippy post modern organization that, among many other things, makes T shirts and buttons and patches that say things like "Abortion is Murder", "Abortion is Homicide", "Face it, Abortion Kills", etc (I must admit, I kind of like the shirt that says 'Former Embryo", that's pretty clever).

    Well anyway, in my late teens I wore some of this stuff. And when I was in Vancouver, doing my DTS with YWAM, I had a revelation. I was sitting on Commercial Drive, with my baggy pants and my "Abortion is Homicide" patches, and I suddenly thought, "what if a girl walked by me, who had had an abortion, and saw my patch....and then later I see her again and try to tell her about the love of God?" I realized at that moment, that she would never listen to me..that I was speaking a message far more damaging than I could imagine, that her first impression of me would be that I was judging and condemning her. Why would she listen to me? I'm not saying it's not true or that we shouldn't stand up for what we believe.. But I do know that I was changed that day. And since then, I've definitely thought alot more about things before I took my stand.

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    posted by jamie @ 2:07 AM  
    3 Comments:
    • At 2:10 PM, May 05, 2007, Anonymous Jamie Arpin-Ricci said…

      Excellent post, Jamie. Well said. So very important, I hope more people learn this lesson.

      Peace,
      Jami

       
    • At 4:26 PM, May 07, 2007, Blogger MaryHuffman said…

      Good comments. Makes you think what you stand so loudly against can silence someone from reaching out to God's love and forgiveness. Thanks for reminding me of this.

       
    • At 5:14 PM, May 08, 2007, Blogger Emily Deu said…

      I do think that what you said was good, but maybe Im selfish...I want to know what you thought about Grey's last week?

       
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