This evening we watched the newly released documentary film, “Babies Are Murdered Here.” It was powerful. It was convicting. It’s absolutely what the American church needs to see and hear. Those Christians who are vocal about being pro-life will be shaken in their boots. For the past two years, I’ve sensed a dramatic change in the dynamic of the efforts in this country to end abortion. This film is a product of that changing dynamic. Directed by Marcus Pittman and produced by Crown Rights, it is both refreshing as well as sobering. What I like best about the presentation is how much it is Christ-centered and focuses upon the proclamation of the Gospel as the only viable solution.
The film begins by looking at the efforts of Pastor Jon Speed of Christ Is King Baptist Church (Syracuse, New York) to minister in front of abortion mills. There was a need for a message that was short, powerful, and to the point. They created signs which read: “Babies Are Murdered Here.” The very use of the word “murder” to describe what takes place inside these abortion mills was one of the central points of the film. Sadly, the pro-life movement as a whole refuses to call this sin what it really is. Mothers who systematically plan to destroy their own children are called victims instead of murderers. This is one of the major reasons why the pro-life movement has failed for the past four decades.
Let me make this abundantly clear: if we cannot define sin and what it really is, then we cannot define and proclaim the Gospel. It’s that simple. The doctors and staff who perform abortions are most definitely murderers. And, yes, the mothers who seek out abortions are murderers too. That’s a provocative statement to make, though it shouldn’t be. Some of the footage in the film shows mothers who actually brag about the fact that they’re going into the mill to butcher their children. Still more footage shows just how violent it can be when the husband or boyfriend of the mother reacts to those ministering outside the mill. The only victim involved here is the child in the womb.
In the film, R.C. Sproul, Jr. acknowledges that there are indeed risks to ministering in front of abortion mills. But he also points out that the greater danger is that of having babies die and souls going to hell. I like how he exhorts American Christians to stop being “middle-class sissies” and take up the mantle of responsibility. This isn’t a game. There’s a holocaust happening in our midst. There’s literally demonic activity happening at these places of murder. And if the Christians in front of the mill are effective in any way, then there’s a tremendous amount of resistance to be expected. This is spiritual warfare and it happens every day. Faithful servants like Patte Smith and John Barros know this all too well.
Praise God for the hard work of everyone at Crown Rights. I’m praying that the Lord will use this film for the benefit of His kingdom and the eventual ending of abortion. In my humble opinion, this documentary ought to be shown to every Christian in America. My hope is that it will galvanize millions into showing up in front of the abortion mills, even if only to hold up simple signs which spell out exactly what abortion is. Last year I got a taste of what it’s like to stand in front of the gates of hell, pleading with mothers not to murder their own children. I learned a lot and I’m still learning. Seeing this motivates me to do more. May the Holy Spirit convict us all to lift up the banner of the Gospel and proclaim the crown rights of Christ our King.