The Pictures Tell the Story. Dare You See Them?

It was 1978 and I had no interest in politics.

Zero. Zilch.

I thought it a waste of time to even vote.

Watergate had disillusioned me.

I was going through some teenage rejection of my upbringing (I had been raised in a family deeply immersed in politics).

And, most of all, my newfound faith in Christ so consumed my heart and mind that I simply didn’t have time for worldly ventures.

But something happened to drastically change my perspective and it happened in a matter of minutes.

I saw the pictures.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the ones I saw were beyond ten thousand words.
They were indescribable.

The were pictures of aborted babies.

And there was something so evil, so sickening, so shocking that I’ve never forgotten what I saw.
Those pictures changed me forever.

Prior to that afternoon, I’d never even heard of “abortion.” Just five years into legalized abortion, it still wasn’t talked about often — at least not in my circles. I guess it mattered to Catholics and radical feminists, but I didn’t much hang out with either of those groups. When I saw those pictures and someone explained what they were, I literally had no idea that such a procedure was even possible.

In fact, when we thought Roz might be pregnant, we went to a clinic where we heard we could get a free pregnancy test. After discovering she was pregnant (we were thrilled!), we were given literature about “terminating” the pregnancy. We were in an abortion clinic! And I still left that afternoon having no idea what they meant by “terminating our pregnancy.”

But that all changed when I saw the pictures.

My world was shaken that afternoon.
Does this really happen in the United States of America?
My head had been in the sand and suddenly I saw there was evil all around me in ways I had never even imagined.
Babies, hundreds of thousands of them, were being murdered right here in my country.

How could this be?

That afternoon began a transformation in how I viewed politics.
Edmund Burke is known to have said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
After seeing those pictures, I could no longer do nothing.
I had to do something.
A deeply sinister evil was on the march in my very own country that required good men to take a stand.

So, I educated myself on the issue.
I talked with people on both sides.
I prayed to God.
I spoke up.
I wrote letters.
And, for the first time, i believed my vote mattered and so, I voted.

I was part of a sleeping giant — what was then a “moral majority” — that woke up as a result of legalized abortion. Millions of us Christians who honestly didn’t much care for politics were now recruited into a battle we really preferred not to fight, but one from which we were convinced we could no longer be AWOL.

In time, I became convinced that the single most important role of government is to protect the lives of innocent people (Romans 13:1-6). If it fails at that, nothing else really matters. And I have become convinced that the most innocent of all people are those yet to be born.

Thus you can imagine my disappointment when, after over 35 years of steadfastly clinging to the pro-life position, of skillfully and gracefully arguing it and of sticking to my conviction to only ever vote for pro-life leaders, our Republican majority in the House (and Senate) caved to the fear of “alienating women” and “millennials” by failing to further meaningful pro-life legislation.

Yes, I am grateful that Republicans passed a bill seeking to restrict federal funds from being used for abortions  — and Democrats will fight tooth and nail to make sure your tax money funds abortions for whoever wants one.

But I’m deeply saddened that Republicans yielded to the voices of its “moderate” members on legislation that would have blocked most abortions after 20 weeks. This despite polls which indicate 84% of Americans want legal abortion limited to the first trimester (13 weeks)! 20 weeks is half-way through a pregnancy! I’ve actually seen babies who were born at 20 weeks who survived and went on to live perfectly healthy lives. After 20 weeks, there’s no euphemism of words to call it a “blob of tissue;” we’re talking about killing babies that would survive outside the womb!

And so where do we go from here?

Because we are principled people and evil never rests, we will not rest either.
We will never give up.
We will continue to educate ourselves, to speak up, to pray, to take a stand.
Yes, we will continue to vote, and though we will not be vengeful, we will remember.

We will NOT put our faith in government or politicians; we will ultimately hope only in the Lord and cry to Him for justice.

I issue a special plea to WOMEN and MILLENNIALS to stand up and raise your voice on behalf on the helpless and innocent. You must carry on this fight against this shedding of innocent blood.

Maybe for you, it will start by simply seeing the pictures.

Daily SOAP: Joined to Christ Bears Fruit


My daily journaling from God’s Word, SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Romans 6.


“Therefore, my brethren, you were made to die to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4


I must “die to the law” in order to be truly “joined to Christ.” Legalism kills true faith in Christ.

Being joined to Christ is the key to fruitfulness. All who are truly joined to Christ will bear fruit. The fruit of the Spirit, the fruit of good deeds, the fruit of making disciples – all come form our union with Christ.


Abide in Christ (John 15). Never slip back into believing that God accepts me because of my morality, my goodness, my law-keeping. I am accepted in Christ and in Christ alone! Remember this, glory in it, and preach it!

Help others as well. I regularly encounter Christians who bear no fruit for God. Is it possible they’re not really “joined to Christ”? That they attend church, read the Bible, etc, but are still trusting in their own righteousness; and thus, their religious striving doesn’t produce fruit? Preach the gospel even to church attenders who may not be born again through saving faith in Jesus!


Father, thank you for Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior. Jesus, in You alone do I trust for my salvation. And in You alone do I trust to make me fruitful. Yes, I want to work hard, discipline myself, prepare for service, obey You, etc, but I know that apart from You, I can do nothing.

And so, I will abide in Christ. I will remember You; I will seek You.

Jesus, I know You, but I want to know You better, to desire You more, to trust You more deeply, to see You live Your life more fully in me.

And use me to help others who are religous but not born-again to find You in truth and reality.

Christmas in India, Iraq, Nigeria and the US: Let us Hope for Peace

‘Tis the night before Christmas and I have all the typical warm and wonderful feelings that come with this time of year.

But my heart is also heavy as I think of our brethren in India. This looks to be a tough Christmas for them.

Christmas is the time of year in which Christians can publicly declare their faith and be tolerated in this predominately Hindu country. Many of the larger stores are decorated and have Christmas sales just like here in America. Our closest friends there have a tradition of visiting the local jail, giving the prisoners an apple and then presenting them with the gospel. Later in the day, they go into the streets with their Christmas program explaining to Hindus what Christmas is all about.

But not this year.

A new political party has come to power in India that is hostile to Christianity (as well as Islam or any other non-Hindu religion). Therefore, our friends have been denied permission to visit the prisoners as well as any other organized presentations of the gospel message. And they must be on guard when doing any type of evangelism because they know the police are unlikely to come to their aid if a mob of Hindus attacks them.

But it gets even worse. Even though it is technically illegal, there are multiple reports of Hindu groups offering significant amounts of money for people to “reconvert” back to Hinduism. They have chosen Christmas day as the day for these mass reconversions.

Of course, these folks in India are not the only ones suffering persecution and religious hatred this Christmas. ISIS has displaced and murdered tens of thousands of Christians in Iraq and Syria. Boka Haram continues to terrorize the people of Nigeria — especially the Christians of southern Nigeria. War in Ukraine continues to ravage lives of believers we know there.

Here in America, we are facing our own unrest in which “social justice advocates” are rising up against law enforcement (I have much I’d like to say about this, but I don’t think Christmastime is the time to do so).

All of this causes me to reflect on the importance of the real Christmas story and gospel message. Real peace on earth will never come until people have peace in their own heart. And people won’t have peace in their own hearts until they have peace with God. And peace with God only comes through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

And so, on this Christmas Eve, I am thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God’s gift to us. Those of us who truly know Him have His peace ruling in our hearts — a peace that passes all understanding. I pray for this peace to fill your heart this Christmas season and all year long.

And if you’ve read this far, can I ask you to take just a moment and pray for our persecuted and suffering brethren around the world (India, Iraq, Nigeria, Ukraine, etc) and those in racially torn communities here in America. Let’s hope and pray that the Prince of Peace will one day soon rule in each of these places.

Merry Christmas and might God’s peace be multiplied to you!

Partner with TSCM this month and your gift will go twice as far!

Wouldn’t you agree that our country — indeed, our world — needs Jesus!

Images of violence in our nation’s cities and atrocities committed by radicals overseas remind us that something has gone terribly wrong with our world — something that is beyond the scope of politicians or educators to fix.

At its root, our problems are spiritual in nature.

We’ve been alienated from God since the Garden of Eden and our deep need is to be reconciled back to God.

And Jesus is the One who can do it!

This is the moving hope of Christmas: “There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!” (Luke 2:11)

This message of hope, love and truth is the message I’ve been actively, aggressively and tirelessly spreading on campuses all over American for over 35 years.

In that time, thousands of lives have been touched by the powerful, life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps your life — or the life of someone you know — has never been quite the same after spending an afternoon on campus with me evangelizing the lost and defending the truth against the attacks of skeptics.

But please don’t think I’m a one-man-show.

Obviously, I am what I am by the grace of God and all that is done through me is done in the power of the Holy Spirit.

But I also have a whole team of folks who partner with me in taking the gospel to our nation’s campuses.

People just like you who

  • have benefitted from our work
  • and who want to see the gospel continue going forth in a bold, persuasive and gracious manner.

We call these team members “ministry partners” because they really do partner with us in advancing the gospel.

How do they do this?

They pray for us and they financially support our work.

Would you please consider joining our team as a TSCM ministry partner?

Becoming a TSCM Ministry Partner allows you to become part of a team impacting our nation’s youth, but joining this month allows you to have twice the impact!

A generous supporter of our ministry has promised to match whatever amount is given during December up to a total of $5,000!

That means if you give $50, he’ll give $50.

If you give $100, he’ll give $100.

In essence, your gift to TSCM will have twice the effect.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to double your donation by going to!support/c1wc9 where you can give securely and conveniently right now.

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I share things in this letter that I only share with our ministry partners.

And we’ll begin to pray for you as well.

I believe God blesses those who give to His work and I regularly pray and ask God to bless our ministry team partners.

But most of all, you’ll know that you have been a faithful steward of resources God has entrusted to you and you are part of a team that is putting the “go” back into the gospel.

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Serving the Lord with all my heart,

Tom Short