The Value of Vigilance: Hariette Petersen

March 4, 2014

by Hariette Petersen
Hariette blogs HERE

“He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

A friend recently questioned my reasons for engaging the various battles in life when it all seemed so “pointless.”

I understood her frustration. I’m the woman who wonders about all the battles when faced with monumental opposition at every turn: 

~ when legislators refuse to hear bills and judges overturn the public’s votes;

~ when school systems ignore the voices of parents and students;

~ when corruption destroys the efforts of hard work;

~ when society rebukes the Word of God and bashes Christians for faithfully standing upon it despite extreme personal losses — materially and emotionally;

~ when another baby is aborted and tossed in the trash; and,

~ when a Christian stands for truth and is knocked down by worldly opinion.

If it’s pointless for people to stand against abortion, then the abortion rate would still be rising, not falling. Those who are pro-life would be losing ground, but they are gaining it: 87 abortion clinics in the U.S. closed in 2013.

“The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176.” says Operation Rescue/here in a report.

If our battle saves one life and changes one mind for the rights of the unborn, then we’ve made one point. It’s not pointless. There’s reason for praise. People are waking up.

I’ve often wondered why so many Planned Parenthood offices are located in minority neighborhoods, where desperation and hopelessness abounds. Could it be an ideological reflection of PP’s founder, the genocidal racist Margaret Sanger?

Recognizing Sanger’s ideology, many people also recognize that Black Americans are the target for the majority of abortions in America, and they are speaking out. Former Congressman Allen West calls it ethnic cleansing, and cites that in 2012 in New York City there were 56,000 pregnancies among black women, and 31,000 ended in abortion. (Read West’s outrage here.)

If we don’t battle for the rights or our children, then who will? Of course we’d like to see results; that’s the point in every battle– to win, to gain ground. But sometimes we gain ground by standing our ground.

The culture of decadence and sinfulness is eating the soul of our society. America is deteriorating at a rapid pace; immorality is the cancerous tumor that’s spreading through every niche and node. We will forever be at war with the powers of darkness which seek to silence Christians in every single portion of their lives. Bit-by-bit, religious freedom is suppressed and shackled. More preachers are handing out sugar pills of tolerance to treat the sin which can only be removed by the Great Physician. We can sit down in the waiting rooms of life and let it all happen, or we can stand together and battle it. Even when it seems pointless to do so.

We cannot fight all the battles, and we can never do enough. But we’re not called to eat the whole elephant– just to do what we each can with our one vote, two ears, two eyes and ten fingers. The rest we leave to God.