Monday, October 31, 2011

180 Movie - Project Heart Changer - Cal Poly SLO

Is a twenty-three minute video really necessary to document Project Heart Changer at Cal Poly State University? Maybe not. Many people won’t watch the entire video – I understand. But after going through the almost four hours of footage I had, I couldn’t bring myself to exclude these clips. Even though it’s kind of long and sometimes the audio isn’t all that great, these clips capture the faces of individual human beings.

The shoulder-mounted camera captured excellent footage of the student’s and faculty’s faces as they accepted and/or rejected the 180 Movie DVD’s. As I edited the footage, I was struck by a few things.

First, some of these young people are the future leaders of our country. Some of theme won’t be. Many are future stay-at-home moms. There also may be successful or not so successful business men amongst the faces of these individual human beings. These are people who are alive. My point? Each of them has hopes and dreams for the future. Again – they are living the life that GOD has so graciously given to those of us who breathe.

Secondly, please think for just a moment of the 1.2 to 1.3 million human being each year in America who will never have the opportunity to see their mother face to face. Think of those aborted millions who will never catch a ball thrown to them by their daddy. What about the fifty-seven million children killed in our country since 1973, little faces that we’ll never see, because they were unwanted – murdered in a country where it’s “legal” and accepted.

So as you watch as much of the video as you choose to watch, look into the faces of these human beings and think of the millions of faces you’ll never see because of abortion. I pray that you’re heart will be burdened to the degree that it shakes you from inactivity about the issue.

The means that GOD has used to stir my heart about the abortion issue is 180 Movie. If you’ve not seen this shocking documentary, please take the time to watch it for free today. Also share it with others.

And finally, when you look into the faces of these young individuals, remember this - each and every one of them, no matter how young or old they are - will one day die. At a time of GOD’s appointing (Heb 9:27). The thought of these people standing in judgment without the righteousness of Christ is a horrible thought indeed. It overwhelms me! One thing for sure, GOD will punish those who have lied, stolen, used His Name in vein, looked with lust (committing adultery in the heart), those who deny His existence – those who have broken His Law – the Ten Commandments. All have sinned!

These people are in a desperate position. The Just Judge of the entire Universe will do right and cast them into the Lake which burns with fire and brimstone for all of eternity!

Please Christian! Let this, in part, be a motivation to reach out to people with the gospel. Speak to them about the fact that they will die, stand before GOD and be judge by Him, by the standard of His moral Law. Reason with them about the reasonableness of Hell, the righteousness of GOD and the sinfulness of man – their personal sin against GOD.

But let the Person of Christ and His finished work - His glory - be your prime motivation. Because of His grace toward us, don’t be derelict in your duty to care for your neighbor (the millions of unborn babies). Don’t sit back in inactivity and do nothing to rescue the little children whose lives are on the line every day. May CHRIST and His glorious gospel be the central motive for coming to the aid of the unborn and reaching out to those who are lost, dying and Hell bound.

This video documents Project Heart Changer at Cal Poly State University. We had a wonderful time interacting with the students and faculty while distributing the one-thousand 180 Movie DVD's that Living Waters provided us for the outreach. We had many 1-2-1 conversations with the students about where they'll spend eternity. I had several conversations with students about abortion, pro-life, and pro-choice positions. I love the collage campus for this reason. Most of the students are open to this kind of conversation.

One of those students was a young man I met named Devon. He's a freshman at Cal Poly studying business. He's also an atheist. We had a quick intellectual ‘sword-fight’ about each other's world-view.

Because this video was already long enough, I really only present my world-view here. Devon did make his respective points but, because of the length of the video already, and because it’s my video, I chose to primarily present the Christian world-view – the right one.

The Christian worldview makes sense of life's experience. While the atheistic/evolutionary-worldview fails to provide what's known as the preconditions of intelligibility. That sounds smart uh? Me - not so much. I'm a bag-o-hammers and I'm really just learning how to use this ultimate proof for God's existence. Here it is in a nutshell – ‘Without GOD you couldn’t know anything at all.’

This is one of the first times I had the opportunity to present this argument. I was quite excited so say the least. I must admit – I was so excited that I'm ashamed to say that I talked over my new friend. Devon didn't get to respond very much. Sorry Devon! He was a good sport and I hope we'll get the chance to meet again soon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

180 Movie Clarity 2

Last week I attempted to apply some of the 180 Movie tactics by putting Janie and Adrian through a few of the Holocaust scenarios. The scenarios Ray gave us in 180 have the ability to bring such clarity to the abortion issue.

During our discussion Janie and Adrian opened up and shared some of their personal abortion experiences with me. I wasn’t prepared for that at all. The effect their short stories had on me was quite profound. As they shared their experiences, my heart became very grieved. Adrian shared something with me that was very difficult to hear. But I believe that the Holy Spirit allowed me to hear their shameful acts that I might experience a greater degree of compassion for these two young people.

For the unregenerate person, so many of life’s choices are disappointing and regrettable. I think you’ll be able to sense the disappointment and shame in Adrian and Janie’s tone.

This is another good reason to use abortion as a spring board for the Law and Gospel. 57 million babies have been “legally” killed in our country since 1973. Not only are these babies being killed, but for each one of them, how many other lives are ripped apart because of that one abortion?

There are mothers, fathers, siblings, extended family, friends and the myriads of individuals who participated in the abortion through their council and/or support. I read somewhere that the estimates are around 200 million individuals in the US who have been affected by abortion. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau there are approximately 312 million people living in the U.S.

That means that over 60% of the people in our country have been affected by abortion. It would seem to me that Christians would have compassion on these post-abortive individuals. It should be the Christians who understand what it is to be forgiven by a gracious GOD and because of His mercies, we, out of gratitude, would endeavor to bring about true healing for these 200 million people in our country. They are your next door neighbors!

So how do we promote the spiritual healing of these people? Convert them to be pro-life and religious? Absolutely not! As Ray demonstrates in the 180 Movie, we must press people up to the standard of GOD’s moral law to help them see they’re sin is exceedingly sinful before a Holy GOD and they are on their way to Hell. At that point we do our best to express the deep mercy, grace, and love of GOD for sinners in and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Christian – 60% of our country has been affected by abortion. If you endeavor to talk to people about it, you’ll find out what I’m finding out – people are willing to share their experiences with you. Get out of your comfort zone, be obedient to Christ and proclaim the Law and Gospel to these hurting people.

It is true – the Bible is filled with examples of GOD’s people turning away from Him to idols – “a way that seems right to man.” The way that seems right to man always results in disappointment, shame, grief, and ultimately death and Hell. But GOD’s Word is also filled with stories of His great patience, mercy, grace, and love toward His people.

In Isaiah 54:1 God likens His unfaithful people to a barren woman. His people were to be a blessing to the nations but they failed miserably and instead became as a woman without a husband. The Holy Spirit calls it, “the reproach of your widowhood.” To be barren and without a husband in their society brought great reproach, disgrace, and shame to a woman and her family.

However, in spite of the fact these unbelieving, disobedient people turned away from the One True GOD to idols, He says this,

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.
For the Lord has called you
Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Like a youthful wife when you were refused,”
Says your God.
“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Isaiah 54:4-8 (NKJV)

Christian, shouldn't we be heralding this GOOD NEWS? In spite of the fact that men and woman have sinned against GOD by breaking His moral law, GOD offers terms of peace. In spite of the fact that men and woman have brought great shame upon themselves through the act of abortion or assisting someone in the act, there is forgiveness of sins and right standing before GOD through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. Love them, by telling them, with your mouth!

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to
shame.” Romans 10:11 (NKJV)

Monday, October 17, 2011

180 Movie Clerity 2 Teaser

I met Janie and Adrian on the Pismo Beach pier last night. We had a twenty minute conversation about the Holocaust, abortion, sin, righteousness, judgment, eternal life, and Jesus Christ.

Did Janie and Adrian change their mind about abortion? How did they respond to the call to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ? Watch these short clips and let them wet your appetite to come back to watch the full twenty minute encounter to follow.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

180 Movie Clerity

Last Sunday afternoon I had the privilege of seeing a young lady named Lauren make up her mind about how she felt about abortion. At the beginning of our encounter she indicated she was neither pro-life nor pro-choice – but undecided.

This video documents my first day out evangelizing where I endeavored to incorporate some of the tactics I learned from the 180 Movie. I also incorporated a series of small business card-sized photos depicting graphic Holocaust seines and aborted babies. To be honest, I was very uncomfortable because I’m still far from being an expert at defending my pro-life position. While it’s true there’s NO justification for any pro-choice argument, I’m still uneasy at the thought of entering into debate because I’m still learning how to give an answer to their arguments.

However, the parallel between the Holocaust and abortion (and slavery for that matter) is undeniable. And in the case with Lauren, it didn’t seem to matter that I didn’t have all my pro-life argumentation down pat.

This is just a thought and you tell me if I’m nuts. Is it possible that when helping a person see that the Holocaust of the 1940’s isn't much different than abortion, the person’s conscience is what’s being addressed and therefore the pro-choice arguments that are typically brought up are minimized in a conversation? Kind of like what we see when we use the Law in evangelism. Often times many of the typical arguments are circumvented because the person’s conscience is what’s being addressed as opposed to their intellect.

In the 180 Movie, when Ray Comfort tells the person being interviewed to finish his sentence, ”It’s ok to kill an innocent human being in the womb when..,” in a sense, he’s holding up the Mirror of the Law - specifically the Sixth Commandment to their conscience and asking them to tell him what they see. Remember God’s Word says, “Now we know that whatsoever things the law says, it says to them who are under the law that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God.” Romans 3:19

It seems to me, this is what Ray’s question is getting at. The human conscience knows that it’s wrong to murder. And what do we see in the 180 Movie when Ray asks this question? Silence! This is what I experienced with Lauren as well. Silence, immediately followed by a confession of what they know is good and right. They say “Never…!”

“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers…” 1 Timothy 1:8-9

The 180 Movie Clarity – The effectiveness of the 180 Movie and the clarity that it brings to the abortion issue is due to the fact that God’s Law is at work on the human conscience. When we employ the Holocaust/abortion parallel in talking about abortion, in a sense, we’re using the Sixth Commandment to bring about the knowledge of sin. It’s as God’s Word says, “the law is good, if a man use it lawfully…”?

Let me know what you think of my assessment.