I was so encouraged by the heartfelt prayers, speeches from our pro-life representatives, singing (Amazing Grace and God Bless America), sign-holding, and the commitment of the thousands of people--men, women, and children--who came out to shiver in the rain and take a public stand for the right of the helpless unborn person to be free from murder.
My signs were a big hit! How could they fail to be, with the word of God on them? :-) Several people took pictures of me with my signs, and one of my signs was pointed out (Sign 3, Side 2) in one of the speeches.
I made three signs, and each was two-sided. Stenciled using black acrylic paint pens, outlined in silver glitter, and sprayed with a sealer to make it water-resistant. They worked out great, except the posterboard was a little floppy. Fortunately, it wasn't windy. Next time, I would use foam board.
Sign 1 had these messages:
Side 1: YOU SHALL NOT MURDER Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17; Matt. 19:18; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Rom. 13:9; Jer. 22:3
Side 2: CHOOSE LIFE Deut. 30:19
Sign 2 had these messages:
Side 1: BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN THE WOMB I KNEW YOU Jer. 1:5
Side 2: DID NOT ONE FASHION US IN THE WOMB? Job 31:15
Sign 3 had these messages:
Side 1: INIQUITY FRAMES EVIL BY A LAW AND CONDEMNS THE INNOCENT BLOOD Ps. 94:20-21
Side 2: BE INSTRUCTED YOU JUDGES SERVE THE LORD WITH FEAR Ps. 2:10-11
There were about 10 pro-murder hecklers. The speakers made sure to note to the crowd at a couple points that we should reach out to them with love and with the truth of God's word and evangelize.
My guesstimate is that 90% of the crowd was Roman Catholic, though it was an ecumenical rally. There were even Eastern Orthodox clergy there. Many Roman Catholic parishes, schools, and benevolent service organizations (Knights of Columbus) had banners with their names on them for all to see. In addition, the names of the Catholic (and possibly Eastern Orthodox) churches were proclaimed by microphone to the crowd as pro-life supporters. No Protestant churches were mentioned. The rally was broadcast (twice) over Sacred Heart Radio.
I was happy and impressed to hear that the pro-life legislators’ speeches and the priests’ prayers were steeped in Scripture, and to see so many take a public stand (on the grounds of the state capitol building, no less!) for what's right based on God's word.
Would I worship with the Roman Catholics? No.
Would I stand for the word of God in public sphere alongside Roman Catholics? Yes.
P.S. Mary was not mentioned, but King Jesus was.
That Roman Catholics were the ones standing virtually ALONE publicly at this rally for the right of the unborn to be free from murder is a SHAME to Protestants. Where were the Protestant Christians at this rally? Where was the “good-works-are-evidence-of-a-living-and-saving-faith” crowd? Is there a local Protestant church that would like its name listed over a microphone at a pro-life rally at the state capital as being officially pro-life? Is there a Protestant church that would bus everyone to the state capital to stand for life?
Does anyone know of a Reformed Protestant annual pro-life rally in the Northwest of the USA?