"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Never before has this scripture had more meaning for me than it had yesterday. I traveled to Austin in hopes of testifying in favor of the Texas HB 2. This bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother's life was in grave danger. It would also create new standards to monitor and improve abortion clinics, ensure there are hospitals nearby, and require abortionists to have privileges at those hospitals so that the mother's life would be protected in case something went wrong. There was a huge turnout from both supporters and opponents of this bill. When brought for a vote during the regular legislative session it was filibustered by a Democratic senator until the deadline was over for a vote. Governor Perry ordered a special session to address this bill, and hearings were held in Committee yesterday until 12:01 a.m.
The pro-abortionists began marching, stomping, sometimes cussing and chanting through the rotunda about an hour before the hearing started, so pro-life supporters began singing hymns and praise songs. Things got louder, and if you will watch the video posted in the article in the Baaad News section about the event you will see that certain pro-abortionists began chanting "Hail Satan". It was stunning, to say the least, to witness such open tributes to the adversary.
I did a lot of soul-searching afterwards, however. I reflected on how I reacted to the whole situation. There were several nice people on the other side that I was able to have a conversation with regarding the sanctity of life, although you knew they had their mind made up, as did I. I was rather disappointed in myself for the way I judged these people, the way I turned away from their display in disgust, and wanted as far away from them as possible. The way I felt the "Us vs Them" set in. Should I have been more Christlike? Should I have asked the Lord's guidance in approaching some of these troubled souls? Was there someone there that I could've reached, had I been more in tune with the Spirit? The Lord always loved the unlovable, cautioned us not to judge, and reached out and blessed those that cursed Him. I felt small in comparison to the example He set. I should've found a way to glorify him, and instead failed to use an opportunity to work for His good.
In the future I will try to follow Paul's admonition to "take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace..." - Ephesians 6:13-15.