My latest video on abortion is one of the most disturbing and eye-opening videos I have done, further cementing my conviction that America is a country that is under the awful wrath of a holy, righteous God. Here it is:
I hope you have watched this short video and will offer some important observations to what you just saw.
First, the concept of “Baby Sarah” is one that I began experimenting with years ago as a way to engage university students to think not only critically about abortion, but emotionally. When I first saw the picture of this aborted little girl, I was deeply moved; it is so horrific and graphic that—even to this day—I am moved emotionally by seeing her.
But there is another reason tiny “Baby Sarah” exercises a profound emotional reaction with me: she bears a slight resemblance to one of my daughters. The picture above is a companion photo to the one in the video: same little girl, different perspective, but equally brutal and incomprehensible that a mother or anybody else would do this to such a precious, innocent little child. In this picture, I can see the faintest of resemblances to a daughter I dearly and deeply love.
Years ago, when I traveled with the “Genocide Awareness Project (GAP),” this picture of Baby Sarah was often prominently displayed and was the first time I saw this unborn child.
Here is a picture of Baby Sarah with myself in front of her speaking with a student at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville:
As I mentioned in the video, naming this little baby was something I came up with to humanize her and as a way to hopefully weave a story around her gruesome death that might have profound and long lasting emotional connection and impact with pro-abortion advocates.
I believe people can be reached on an emotional level in a way they might not be able to on a purely rational, intellectual one. And the use of graphic images, though understandably controversial in some camps, are among the most effective tools “life apologists” have in their toolbox of faith.
As I also mentioned in my video with the four university students, I pay close attention to the facial expressions of the individuals I show the Baby Sarah poster to. Here are some of my thoughts on these four women:
This screenshot was taken mere seconds after these women saw Baby Sarah for the first time. You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Immediately, one fact becomes clear: not one of these young women were able to continue looking at this bloody, murdered little baby. After their first glimpse, they avert their eyes.
The women who bothered me the most was the third one from the left, looking at and texting on her phone. I’m not certain she ever looked at the poster at any time in the conversation and her reaction and comments angered me. Out of the four, she was clearly, at least in my eyes, the most hardened and callous toward the wickedness that stared her right in the face.
Please understand that my comments in the video did not have the benefit of hindsight; it was only until I uploaded this video to my computer and began editing it that I had a chance to truly study their reactions. At least one of my observations were probably hastily made, in particular, the one where I said that each of them had a “motherly expression”: this third woman obviously did not.
The first student from the left, to me, appeared to react in the most genuine and shocking manner; she was stunned, more so than the others.
The fourth woman from the left is a bit puzzling (in truth, all of them are puzzling because none of them reacted in the way they should. Each of them should have been outraged and deeply pained at what they saw, expressing sorrow mingled with rage over the injustice suffered by this innocent, precious little girl, whose life was brutally snuffed out before that life had a chance to begin). Like the other two, she can’t bear to continue looking at the poster, but as the seconds turn into minutes, she overrides her human emotions and falls back onto the pitiful rhetoric of “choice” that she has been brainwashed into believing since doubtless a child.
This fourth woman’s unrehearsed and spontaneous comments reveal a profound truth that, at the time of their utterance, was hidden even to herself, which is this: it is human life that is extinguished in abortion, no matter what abortion apologists try to argue to the contrary, and this fact is intrinsically known to everyone.
Notice what she says at 3:00: “Because it’s a dead baby.” At 3:05 she continues, “…clearly no one wants to see pictures of dead babies or dead people in general.” In this snippet of dialogue, she admits the obvious: Baby Sarah is a “dead baby” and a “dead person.”
This is an self-evident observation, of course, and one that does not need a university degree to acknowledge. But here’s the insanity of even pointing out this obvious truth: most young people, like trained parrots, mindlessly repeat the brainwashing talking points drilled into their heads from sources such as Planned Parenthood that deny the humanity of the very babies they murder five and six days a week in their death clinics.
In a spontaneous, unguarded moment, this woman speaks obvious truth. Probably never having seen a picture as shocking, violent and bloody as Baby Sarah before, her reaction is raw, visceral, unscripted, without the opportunity of hindsight and the passing of time to allow her intellect to catch up with her emotions. In short, she acknowledged and confessed the obvious: this baby is a human being whom was murdered by a “safe, legal abortion.”
But back to the third woman. Her rude, immature behavior has much that needs to be condemned and criticized. Perhaps I should be gracious and give her the benefit of the doubt: was her callous and disrespectful behavior in the face of so solemn a subject due because she was shocked by what she saw, taken off guard? Maybe.
Or maybe she is simply your average, run of the mill, brainwashed college student that has seared both her heart and conscience to the reality of what abortion on demand in America is all about: the intentional, systematic targeting of innocent pre-born babies to be slaughtered for one main reason: the convenience of the mother.
Desiring to be gracious and willing to stifle my gut reaction concerning her character, I will hope that she is a young, impressionable young woman who was unwillingly brainwashed by her culture, the school system, the media and her liberal, progressive parents.
And, Lord willing, my interaction with all four of them was a divine appointment in a long series of divine appointments orchestrated by the Lord Himself to help them break free from their spiritual darkness and journey toward their new life in Christ.
This is why using the issue of abortion and utilizing graphic imagery like Baby Sarah is so effective when ministering to young, moldable minds: the shock of unvarnished truth can be a trumpet that awakens their darkened consciousness seared into denial of the obvious by the all-powerful culture of death that reins and rules over their minds and hearts.
Christians are neglecting one of the most powerful tools available to us in evangelism if we do not wisely employ the issue of abortion in our soul-winning and soul-awakening efforts. Certainly it is challenging to be able to switch from the oftentimes heated and hyperemotional topic of abortion and shift into Gospel mode; I know, because I have spent decades trying to do exactly this and know from experience the difficulty of making such a transition.
The “Baby Sarah technique” shown in this video is merely a sampling of how powerful and effective the subject of abortion can be to generate dialogue. I am not suggesting my questions or approach is the best, and the fact that these four women decided to end the conversation before I had a chance to introduce a spiritual dynamic into the mix shows that things don’t often go as well as we hope. But there can be no doubt as to what transpired between the five of us that day, and the impact it left on their hearts and minds.
As seed planters, our job is to go out and meet people, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, present truth in such a way that days, months, and perhaps years later, what we shared with them, watered by the gentle promptings of God’s Spirit, will bear fruit for salvation.
But, this is only an infinitesimal sampling of many conversations and interactions I have had with students using this technique; in later posts I would like to share additional insights and conversations that will show how you, too, can effectively use this powerful presentation as a lead-in to the presentation of the Gospel.