On Saturday, May 13, a historic rescue of preborn babies took place at the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Kentucky. Coinciding with Mother’s Day weekend, Operation Rescue National/Operation Save America exercised the biblical doctrine of interposition after a fifteen year hiatus. To draw attention to the plight of the victims, eleven Christians (including a concentration camp survivor, a pastor, a missionary to China, a great grandmother, and some young people) “rescued” babies scheduled to be murdered at 136 West Market St, Louisville, Kentucky.
The ministry responsible for this “rescue” issued this press release:
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13)
A historic event is in progress at the EMW Women’s Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. At 136 W. Market Street, a small band of committed Christians with Operation Rescue National/Operation Save America are crossing a line that has not been crossed for close to 20 years. There are no other ministries or organizations sponsoring this event. They are risking arrest to rescue their preborn neighbor.
In the battle to end abortion, the American holocaust, these Rescuers have counted the cost and are willing to pay the price to protect the lives of their preborn neighbors. These Rescuers are exercising the Christian doctrine of interposition. Interposition takes place when one stands in the gap between a strong oppressor and a victim in order to rescue the victim from the oppressor’s hands. The Bible and history are replete with glorious examples of interposition.
It was interposition that ended the ancient evils of slavery, human sacrifice and other atrocities in times past. The Church of Jesus Christ, armed with the revelation that man is made in the image of God, led the charge to set the captives free. Today, these Biblical and historical truths are being lived out at Louisville’s last remaining death camp defiling the land of Kentucky with blood guilt.
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, National Director of Operation RescueNational/Operation Save America states, “Since the Kim Davis debacle, our ministry has been plowing the fields in Kentucky by promoting the doctrines of Interposition and the Lesser Magistrate. Our righteous purpose is to call the Church to interpose by laying down her life to save the preborn. Simultaneously, we also call upon the civil magistrates in Kentucky to interpose by defending the lives of the preborn theough ignoring the lawless ruling of Roe vs. Wade, establishing justice, and abolishing abortion now!”
Rev. Thomas concluded, “Today, we, by God’s grace will provide an example of interposition as churchmen. Our sincere prayer is it will serve as an example for Governor Bevin, the legislators, sheriffs, and police officers to follow in the sphere of their God ordained authority. May God’s Kingdom come and His will be done in Jesus’ name!
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
There has been much debate over the years as to the effectiveness of the strategy of interposition at abortion clinics, as the practice was more common for a time during the 80’s and 90’s. Some say Christians must obey the law and therefore such an action is in defiance of Scripture.
But Scripture does teach that when human laws come into conflict with God’s laws, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)
We see civil disobedience modeled in Scripture by the Hebrew midwives, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and the Apostles. And most Christians likewise venerate such historical activists as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks for their acts of civil disobedience in the face of racial injustice.
Sometimes Christians must break the law in order to truly love their neighbor. Weren’t those who smuggled slaves to freedom breaking the law? Weren’t those who hid Jews from their Nazi persecutors breaking the law?
The online debate has been lively today concerning this strategy.
A man named Shane wrote:
“This isn’t a ‘we must obey God rather than men’ situation. The magistrates aren’t commanding them to do something sinful as was the case in Acts 5:29.”
A woman named Sarah on facebook pointed out:
“If I saw someone assaulting a weaker person, I’d draw my weapon to protect them, even if politicians had declared it a ‘gun free zone’. Sometimes laws must be broken to defend life. That does not mean we should be lawless.”
Whatever one’s belief regarding this particular strategy of interposition, it is hard not to respect the courage and sacrifice on display in Kentucky today.
Photos taken by: Charity Johnston