Hope and Change: A Call to this Generation

About two years ago I was hit hard by life. My dad decided it was time to move on. I was living in Houston at the time and I was left wondering what to do. The questions of whether it was my fault haunt me to this day. It’s a pain that stays with you and turns into anger when people expect you to do the impossible while they are requiring the ordinary of themselves. It was at this time of my life I was faced with two options. I could sit in my house and pout about how the world seemed out to get me or go and change it. It was at this time I saw the poor and helpless for the first time. I saw the murder of the unborn as genocide for the first time. I saw a church shooting itself in the foot with its apathy lack of passion. I asked myself is there hope, and if there was, could I even hope to make a difference? God gave me answers to my questions. He told me I’ve given you breathe, use it to turn the world upside down. The world will hate you and your own friends will criticize you, but you will be about my business. It was that day I decided I would do something. I never looked back. I have never let the status quo be since that day.

40 Days for Life was something that I got involved in after a friend of mine at breakfast challenged a group of us to go out to an abortion clinic. Most of us had never been. It was the first time I was ever emerged into a battle where lives are being snuffed out before your very eyes. It is a sobering experience. I attempted to get more involved but my parents’ divorce was not final so hearings kept requiring me to go to Houston.

It was not too long after that I discovered the judge in the family court back in Houston decided that homeschooling was not a legitimate form of education and that my dad should put my siblings in public school. I could just accept the violation of rights or I could fight it. I chose to fight. I began a petition and was able to get over a couple thousand emails sent to the Judge urging her to reconsider her decision. Tim Lambert of Texas Home School Coalition wrote the judge and there was a change.org petition was shared across the world. A little under 2,500 signatures came in before I closed the petition. It became a success when the judge recognized homeschooling as a legitimate education option after she received thousands of emails and a couple dozen calls.

I then became swamped with emails of people who were encouraged by my efforts and would still fight to be able to home school. I even got an email where one woman said she was inspired to home school her kids because of what I did. All it took was one high school student to stand up and not accept the status quo. People underestimate youth. They have low expectations of them. If just one person goes against the flow it will at the least leave an impact that affects future generations.

One of the next things I did was follow Jason Vaughn around the Capitol for about two weeks. We were working to help push the Texas pro-life bill through, HB2. After watching the first bill die in the first special session there was a great push when Governor Perry called a second special session. Tons of protesters showed up at the Capitol for the next couple of weeks.

Media was crucial for the pro-life group out at the Capitol. There were a handful of us equipped with cameras to record and catch the opposition acting unethically. If nobody was out there using social media tools and getting the footage, people would not know what was going on in the Capitol. Jason Vaughn the guy I was helping out, got Hail Satan trending worldwide on Twitter when several videos of people shouting “hail satan” were produced during the session. Everything that happened only happened because a handful worked overtime to make it happen. If those folks were not there the goings on in the Texas Capitol could be a lot different. The bill may have died because of all the negative media attention and lack of respect for the politically incorrect viewpoint.

 

 

So what am I saying? We need young people to rise up and speak up for their generation. We need 20-somethings with their free time standing for truth. Because if not them, then who will? We live in an exciting time where before us where we have the responsibility to stop an agenda that intends to turn America into a godless socialist wasteland. You don’t have to have connections, great leadership potential, and communication skills. God doesn’t need your talents; He just wants you to be willing to offer yourself to Him as a vessel to use. My story is a testimony of how God chose to use a kid from a broken home who was told his whole life that he was worthless and ineffective. That he would never succeed. That he should be content with his quality of life. It’s a story of how he said no and resolved to do something to fight for justice. That story can be your story if you are just willing to look at the world around you with a different pair of eyes. If we had an army of young people that were willing to fight for the unborn, the widow, and the orphan then if that army was only a 100 strong, I believe that a difference can be made. The only thing that is stopping us is you not getting involved. This generation is in a crucial time in history if we do not defend the Judeo-Christian principles that this nation was founded on we head towards a fall much like Rome’s. If we rise up there is still hope that we can spark a revival to stop the downward spiral into darkness. It can only happen if you are willing to serve. It’s time for you to lead the escape, to light the path, and make known the present danger. Everybody talks about hope and change, let’s be the generation that actually makes these things a reality.

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40 Days for Life – Lives are Depending on It

Andrew Koch at a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio

Andrew Koch at a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio

It was about 2 weeks ago, I was at a discipleship breakfast when a older young man challenged all of us and specifically me. He asked us the question if any of the men there had been to a abortion clinic to pray ever. Some had been but the end result was that most of us had never ever been once. It was at that point he brought up 40 days for Life and what would be happening a in a few weeks. I felt a need to go as a person attempting to address culture it was my duty to show up at least once.  It was on Wednesday night February the 13th that I went to the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio and for the first time I was emerged into a battle.  A spiritual battle and physical battle over the lives of unborn babies. I was sobered by the dull atmosphere from the blue sign and white illuminated text of death that shown as dusk came. When I first arrived I saw a handful of faithful Catholics and people from the church I attend. That night was pretty big for them because our church moved the prayer meeting to the clinic that particular night and approximately 30 people were there. It was warfare but only a skirmish.

I felt convicted by what I saw, I had recently attended the San Antonio Independent Film Festival and watched many documentaries about abortion and the war on babies. The theme that was in these social commentaries was that it has been only  the Catholic church that has been active in fighting for life. I dearly appreciate these faithful Catholics and how they are willing to sacrifice so much for babies. I went again today on Saturday with a few others I got to come and found about 6 Catholics that had been there most of the day praying with their Rosaries. The entire time only two people showed up that were not Catholic. I say this not to put down the the Catholics, but to send a wake up call to all Evangelical Christians that they are sleeping and allowing genocide to happen on their watch. They say in San Antonio 23% of pregnancies end in abortion.  That is 1% higher then the national average. There are several Mega-churches in the area  and if we had a fraction of those members out on a regular basis the presence and outcome would dramatically change. one of my favorite quotes is commonly attributed to Edmond Burke who said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ” We as Christians need get out and stand for what we believe. We will be held responsible for what we did and didn’t do. We need the church to wake up.

What am I asking you to do?  If you would just being willing to sacrifice one hour of your time during the 40 Days to just pray and stand for life outside one of these places of death. The Catholics are getting old and we need young people and people to fight for truth in society. I plan to be out at my local clinic as much as I can. I ask you to join me. 40 days for Life has been going on since 2008. They have closed the doors of clinics and where once stood a place of murder now stands a Korean Bible Church. Great things can happen if we only take the step of faith and just be there. Lives are depending on it. You can find more information about 40 Days for Life here. You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get updates on abortion and issues in general here.