The Power of One, by Dr. Allen Unruh

“He who began a good work in you will finish it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  Phil 1:6

A headline in the Chicago Tribune years ago read:  “Ice Packing Plant Burns Down.”  Underneath the headline it read:  “This building had over 100 tons of ice inside of it.”  “It had all the materials inside of it capable of putting out the fire, but it was in unavailable form.”  It was FROZEN ASSETS.

In the battle to save the lives of the unborn, we have had all the ingredients for many years to win this war.  We have had the truth on our side.  But our assets have been frozen by ignorance, apathy, indifference, and by divisiveness and discord among the pro-life brethren.

There are those who say the time is not right, and that we need a big army to win this battle for the soul of America.  But I ask you, “How many did it take to help the victim who got mugged on the Jericho Road?  How many were chosen by God to confront Pharaoh and lead the Exodus?  How many prophets were called to stand before wicked King Ahab and predict a drought?  ONE!  NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF ONE.

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.  In 1845, one vote brought the state of Texas into the union.  In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.  In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.  In 1941, one vote saved the selective service system just twelve weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.  In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of the Nazi Party.  Ah, the power of one.  Never underestimate it.  You alone can make a difference.

Each pro-life person in South Dakota has a duty to ask themselves that question, “If not me, who?  If not now, when?  Each one teach one, and each one teach ten.  We need to eat, drink, dream and sleep pro-life.  What have each of us done each and every day to further the cause to free the unborn?

Great character, like massive roots, grows deep when water is sparse and winds are strong.  Your greatest works will grow out of the incredibly painful periods in your life.  You are appointed and anointed by God to occupy a significant role of responsibility.  In each generation, God calls people to emerge to stand up for truth and justice. 

Winston Churchill referred to the “soft underbelly of the Axis” while half the world was intimidated by the powerful blitzkrieg style of Nazi warfare the perceptive prime minister focused on the other side, the hidden side, the insecurity, the lack of character, the insanity behind the public image of the German dictator.  

Mark Twain used a word picture to convey a similar though:  “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  “This dark side can exist for years behind carefully guarded masks.” 

Planned Parenthood and the abortuaries and abortionists have gotten by with the wanton destruction of the unborn for far too long.  They have denied their demonic destruction.  They have destroyed not only the lives of the unborn, but the women who are victimized by their deception.  There is no doctor/patient relationship.  There is no informed consent.  These are the facts.  The embryology of the unborn cannot be denied any longer.  The humanity of the unborn is documented and demonstrated throughout the literature, and through the technology of 4-D ultrasound.  Their lies cannot remain private forever, it’s only a matter of time and the world will know and long remember, like the holocaust.  The death and destruction must stop.  It must stop here.  Now is the time.

We must stand firm when the evil-doers seem to prosper.  Stand firm when the wicked appear to have more money.  Stand firm in times of crisis.  Stand firm when petty people demand authority they don’t deserve.  Stand firm…keep your head…stay true…endure.

No amount of resistance shall dim our determination.  We must endure.  Nothing they can do will make us retreat.  If we are misunderstood, maligned, murmured against and misrepresented, we shall never flinch.  We will remain resolute.

Dr. Luther said, “I never work better than when I am inspired of anger; when I am angry I can write, pray and preach well.”  Exaggeration and extravagance swarmed around his story.  But Martin Luther was not irrelevant.  He said, “If you preach the Gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues which deal specifically with YOUR TIME – you’re not preaching the Gospel at all.”  In other words, “The Gospel isn’t to be changed.  But it is to cut into each generation like a flashing sword sharpened on the stone of Scripture, tempered in the furnace of reality, relevance and need.”  His enemies misunderstood him but they couldn’t ignore him.  They hated him, but were never bored around him.  Stay in the trenches.



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