From John Pisciotta
Director of Pro-Life Waco
Director of Pro-Life Waco
The time for searching and planning is over. It is time for action from the daring. Pro-Life Waco seeks broad support for demonstrations this Monday, June 1, at Walmarts in the Waco area.You and I can be at the Franklin Ave. Walmart (New Road vehicle entrance/exit) from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. During the 10-11 hour, we will transition over to the Hewitt Walmart (Hewitt Drive entrance) for a demonstration that will last until 1 p.m. We will NOT hit the Bellmead Walmart since their 50 Shades video sales do not spread across the store to customer checkout stands. I have revised the signs we used in the Battle of Target, replacing the Target name with Walmart. Come and hold one of these signs or make one of your own. In reality, the most important “sign” is YOUR physical presence. Each person who comes out will have a more powerful impact than one sign staked to the ground.
Those who participate—hopefully dozens—will be heeding the Gospel call to defend and shield the hearts and souls of precious children. Will we succeed? In some ways, I am sure we will succeed. Our comfortable silence while Walmart markets 50 Shades of Gray will be replaced by visual, vocal, and PERSONAL opposition. We will send messages to marketers at Walmart and to our Christian neighbors.
When we step into the public arena we are sometimes criticize by others—even our Christian friends and relatives and pastors. Let us be encouraged by those who deride us for daring to take action. I dedicate this Monday’s Walmart outreach to a special group of Protestant pastors in Waco. In the early fall of 2005, Hooters restaurant sought City of Waco permits to build a sexually oriented restaurant in our city. These pastors did not shrug and go with the flow. They appealed to city officials in a public stand for virtue and for rejection of Hooters permits. They raised money and placed full-page ads seeking public support for their cause. Unfortunately, the permits were granted and the restaurant opened in January of 2006, I do not see their efforts as a defeat by any means. They stood for what was right and appealed to other to join their cause.
I appeal to pastors, staff, and laity of Christian churches in the Central Texas area to join Monday anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to say to Walmart management and the Waco community that we are not going to wave “a white flag” with continued silence.
I close with a quote from over 100 years ago from Theodore Roosevelt about the significance of action for a great cause:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”