Why We Pray

“Band of Brothers,” a 2001 ten-part miniseries based on the book of the same name, follows a group of WWII paratroopers, E Company (“Easy Company”), through basic training, the D-Day invasion at Normandy, into occupied France and finally into Germany. Author Stephen Ambrose based his narrative on interviews with Easy Company veterans.

In the ninth episode, “Why We Fight,” the soldiers encounter a whole new realm of evil. It’s April 1945, the war in Europe is all but over, and the men of Easy Company are stationed in the German town of Landsberg awaiting orders. One day a few of them venture out to explore the area. They come to the edge of a forest, and before them stands a high barbed wire fence with a locked gate. Behind it are hundreds, perhaps thousands of dazed, emaciated, starving prisoners.

The men of Easy Company have seen fierce battle, but this is a horror of an altogether different kind, and they are speechless.

After they set about meeting the prisoners’ basic needs, like food, water, and medical attention, they force the townspeople from Landsberg out to the camp to make them look, straight on, at the human atrocity which has been taking place in their own back yard and presumably with their complicity.

This scene came to my mind yesterday as I stood and prayed, quietly, outside a Planned Parenthood clinic. It was Day 1 of 40 Days for Life.

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One Comment on “Why We Pray

  1. Reblogged this on Right Angles and commented:

    In the wake of the Planned Parenthood videos, I thought I’d repost my thoughts after my first visit to Planned Parenthood.

    And I would add two things:

    (1) It was a very sobering, somber, convicting experience. I believe all of us in America share collectively in some way in the guilt of abortion on demand, whether or not we have participated in abortion. And that includes me.

    (2) There is release from the pain and guilt of abortion for all of us, including those who’ve had them, participated in them, or even performed them. There are some outstanding organizations in post-abortion ministry (and men seek out post-abortion healing too; this is not just a woman’s issue). One I’m familiar with is Rachel’s Vineyard, but there are others.

    If the revelations coming out about abortion prick your conscience, then here is my counsel for you: Take it to the cross of Jesus Christ. He claimed to be the savior of the world and the Messiah to the Jews who secures forgiveness of all sins, past, present, and future. I think he knew what he was talking about.


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