I know, it’s been a while since I posted. I guess I ran out of things to say about the chaos on the sidewalk. And there have been so many new voices talking about their experience as clinic escorts. I love hearing other perspectives.
But I don’t want you to forget that we’re still here. And today -it was wild on the sidewalk.
Antis standing in the drop-off zone
The police asked them to move out of the street, which was helpful, but that was the sweet spot of the morning.
Ky Mountain Bible College showed up.
Actually, clients came up behind this crew -if they were approaching from the corner on 2nd St. People coming from 1st were greeted by these folks.
If you were on the front line today, you got to hear some preaching:
All of us outside of Christ – all of us outside of Christ – are lame and crippled and weak and sick. But we build up ourselves – we have this self righteousness that says we can take care of ourselves, we can save ourselves. There is room at the table for those that are unable to save themselves, which includes all of us. None of us can save ourselves
(With apologies for the music – it helps drown out the noise of the megaphones inside the clinic. At least it wasn’t polka music today.)
One escort got some special attention:
There is room at the table for all sinners, even you, Sir. Sir, we love you we do, I know you don’t believe that, you probably go home and laugh about this, but we care about you. We do. God commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. I don’t like being out here. I hate it. But we are coming out here to warn you
End of the morning. Some escorts talking amongst themselves and – they laughed. Spurgeon didn’t like that. I walked up after he was already on a roll.
JS: WHERE IN THE WORLD – IS IT FUNNY – THAT 25 CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE MURDERED RIGHT HERE? YOU TELL ME – TELL ME WHAT WORLD THAT IS FUNNY IN!!!
Escort: I don’t know who you think you are but you need to bring it down because you are incredibly – no – no-
JS: HEY! YOU BE QUIET! 25 CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE MURDERED IN HERE!!!
Escort: …you talked enough during the day and I am going to say something
JS: 25 children are gonna be murdered in here and you led them…
Escort: I don’t know who you think you are but do not raise your voice at me like that at all (she continues to say “at all” several times as JS yells over her.)
Anti in the background: We totally raise our voice.
JS: I WILL RAISE – YOU’RE MORE CONCERNED THAT I RAISE MY VOICE THAN THE FACT THAT 25 CHILDREN ARE BEING MURDERED AND YOU LED THEM TO THEIR SLAUGHTER – YOU LED 25 CHILDREN TO THEIR SLAUGHTER!!!
Escort: …we are grownups and grownups don’t have a discussion like this.
JS: GROWNUPS DON’T LEAD 25 CHILDREN TO THE SLAUGHTER!! GROWNUPS DON’T KILL BABIES!!! YOU’RE NOT A GROWN-UP!!!!
And just in case we didn’t get the point:
Male Escort: Go home, Joseph
JS: YOU HAVE MURDERED 25 CHILDREN!! EVERY ONE OF YOU LED 25 CHILDREN TO THEIR DEATH. THAT’S NOT FUNNY. IT’S NEVER FUNNY. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOUR OPINION ON THIS PLACE IS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF ME, IT IS NEVER FUNNY!!
Female escort: All right, I think we’re done, let’s not keep giving him the audience he wants…
At the end of the day, I’m just glad that clients and their companions only experience a minute or two of the chaos on the sidewalk. It’s like I always say, as we head for the door, “You don’t have to stop or talk to them, we can just keep going.” And we do.