Pastor, This Is Your Time



In the history of the world, there have been many events where mankind stood up to stop the persecution of defenseless people. Two such events, which most people know about, are the persecution of the Jews, and the persecution of Africans.

Most people don’t know, the slave trade is alive and well today, in the 21st-century. Africans and other races of people, are still kidnapped and forced into slavery in various countries. Children and women are also targets of slavery. That’s a topic for another day. My purpose of this discussion is to look at how we, as moral human beings, confront what we know is apprehensible.

If you were a pastor during the days of slavery in America, or any country where slavery was commonplace, do you believe you would have spoken out against it, or would you have supported slavery?

If you were a pastor in Nazi Germany, would you have spoken against the persecution of the Jews?

Most likely, if you are a pastor, you want people to know the love of Jesus Christ, all people, including persecuted people. The most persecuted people in the world today are unborn human beings.

The most dangerous place a person can be today is in his/her mothers womb. This doesn’t seem logical. One would think the most protected place a person could be is in that location, but it just isn’t so.

Around the world, 42 million people are killed by abortion every single year. In the United States alone, 1 million humans are killed by their mothers, who use abortion, to remove their offspring from their womb.

Yes, I know women are coursed into doing so, and I know women have been misinformed on the issue of abortion, that is also a discussion for another day. The point is, because of abortion, over a HALF-BILLION people were never allowed to see the light of day in just the last 15 years or so.

In a letter I received from a pastor recently, John McWilliams says:

“the same couple that chooses to abort what they say is just a fetus and not a baby, after two and a half months of an unwanted pregnancy, will later, during a planned and wanted pregnancy, call what’s in the womb, at even one month, their “baby.” They will buy clothes for that baby, work on a nursery for that baby, pass out sonogram pictures of that baby and tell people they just found out they are having a baby, even though it’s at the exact same stage of the pregnancy when they previously aborted what they said wasn’t a baby.

Couples don’t say after one month of the pregnancy, “We just found out we’re having a fetus.” On the contrary, they say “We just found out we’re having a baby.”

The tee shirt the Mom wears with an arrow pointing down to her stomach doesn’t say
“FETUS,” it says “BABY.”

So one has to wonder how at two and a half months of pregnancy, a woman with an
unwanted pregnancy is only carrying a fetus, a bunch of cells, a non human, but then
later that same woman during a wanted pregnancy, at the same two and a half month stage, is now carrying a baby. It sounds harsh, but for many the bottom line is that if you want it, it’s a baby. If you don’t, it’s a fetus or a non human bunch of cells. It’s a double standard that people have become convinced actually makes sense.

Otherwise they would have to admit they are aborting actual babies.”

Yes, slavery is bad, and I’m glad people spoke up and demanded an end to the public practice of slavery in the Western world.

Yes, anti-Semitism is bad, and I’m glad people are speaking up today to defend Jewish people from hate.

Slavery ended because people rose up and did the right thing. The slaughter of the Jews didn’t end for that reason, it ended as a byproduct of people standing up against the brutality of Adolf Hitler. Americans and Russians liberated emaciated Jewish people from concentration camps, but it wasn’t because people were standing up against the brutality of the German people.

It’s a point that needs to be made clear. in Germany, many Germans knew what was happening to the Jewish people. They saw the brutality, they saw Kristallnacht, “Night of Crystal.” Did the German people respond? Did they demand an end to anti-Semitism? No, they turned the other way.

Pastor, if you do nothing to help end the horror of abortion, you are just as guilty as the pastors who ignored slavery, and the pastors who were too scared to stand up to Adolf Hitler. The difference? During the days of the Nazis, you could have been killed for defending the Jews.

One pastor who paid the ultimate price for defending the defenseless was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who said “If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.

Bonhoeffer actually had the opportunity to avoid the danger of defending the Jews in Germany. He escaped to America for a while. But he decided he was in the wrong place, that he needed to be in Germany, doing all he could to help the Jews.

So Bonhoeffer went back to Germany, speaking his mind in the face of danger. He was eventually arrested and executed.

Pastor, Bonhoeffer May not have been able to save the Jews back then, but I pray his words and actions are enough to motivate and inspire you. You couldn’t defend blacks from slavery because you weren’t alive then. You couldn’t defend the Jews from persecution because you weren’t alive then. You are alive today, and the unborn are being persecuted in record numbers.

Rolley Haggard at Breakpoint wrote an article about the silence of our churches. He said:

“While we all rejoice that Congress, under pressure from constituents, has finally mustered the courage to vote against taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, the lack of united concern about abortion among churches (which arguably paved the way for federal funding in the first place) still remains. Babies are still being killed, and the church is still doing pathetically little, at roughly the same rate as before. One is tempted to wonder cynically if the underlying sentiment of most runs along the lines of, ‘Abortion is an evil I will reluctantly live with forever—so long as my money isn’t used to fund it.'”

I encourage you to read the rest of the article.

Pastor, this is your time.

Contact me, and / or, visit my websites. They are all listed below, along with my social media sites.

I will leave you with two videos which will help provide you with encouragement. The first is a short, 15 minute video, called Volition. The second video I put together after years of travel and communications with pastors and church leadership. It’s called Pastor’s Letter.



Pastor’s Letter


Pastor’s Letter – 15 min version


Peter Shinn
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