Leaders know that when you are fighting the good fight people say stuff about you, both good stuff and bad. Being human we tend to give more weight to the bad and let it bother us more. It probably takes three affirmations to outwiegh one low jab. Church at the Gate is filled with affirming people and I’m blessed. But today I got a big blessing from a CATG mom who forwarded on her eighth-grade daughters language arts assignment to me – it was about me! Gulp. I’ll post it below.
This is a first for me and quite an honor! Had the realization that this next generation is indeed looking up to us for models. That’s not something to take lightly. I also know these young gals and guys wearing pro-life shirts and buttons to public schools are heroes in their own right and take substantial flack for the stand they take. Even “coming out” as pro-life to a teacher can be huge. This will be the generation that wins this war. I love their boldness.
Look around you today – who is watching the stand you are taking? (It is okay, isn’t it, to share stuff like this with friends without it coming across as prideful?)
Stepping Out in Faith, Stepping Up to the Challenge
Many people like to become “robots” and act like everyone around them. They just want to follow the crowd, but how many people actually stand for what they believe? My pastor stands for what he believes and shares it publicly.
Steve Hickey is the pastor of Church at the Gate and according to pro-choice people his messages are politically incorrect. He talks about where in the Bible it says that abortion is wrong. Two years ago when an initiative to ban abortion in South Dakota was started, our church played a key role in helping. Pastor Steve talked passionately about how abortion is wrong and many people in the congregation were fired up to get involved.
Many pastors and congregation members didn’t agree with Steve on the issue of abortion or with some of his other messages and some of them still disagree with them. When Steve started preaching about abortion the congregation members started to leave the church, because they didn’t agree with what he was teaching. Some city pastors don’t agree with him either, yet he keeps preaching those messages despite the fact that some people don’t want to hear them. He often says that even though he preaches some convicting messages, he is preaching what he knows to be true from the Bible and as God leads him. Instead of preaching about what he thinks that people like to hear, like most pastors, he preaches what we need to hear.
During the last two years, our church has been more active in showing how we feel about abortion. Steve has encouraged the whole congregation to help out; whether handing out petitions, teaching awareness about abortion, or helping in some other way. Planned Parenthood now sees Steve as a threat to their business. Pastor Steve and our congregation now have more confidence that what we are doing to stop abortion is succeeding; however, we still need to work hard to accomplish our goal. Whether he is preaching about abortion, or out working on helping he inspires the congregation.
Even though many people disagree, I agree with him 100%. In fact one day I want to be just like him and not care about what anyone else thinks of me, but do what is right, no matter the cost. Also, I want to be a pro-life activist just like he is. Although others may not agree with my decision, I know what is right. Steve has taught me to stand for what you believe in even if others don’t agree.