January 27, 2010
Scene one: A young boy is walking home from school when he is cornered by a bully who forces him to his knees, throws his books in a mud puddle, and runs off as the boy whimpers with shame. Scene two: The young boy takes a different path home from school, fearing another encounter with his tormentor. It doesn’t work. The bully has followed him and scene one is repeated. This time the boy tries to resist and is pushed down on the road by his attacker. Scene three: The young boy asks a friend to walk home with him, but when the bully shows up, the friend runs away. Scene one is repeated, with the bully taking it one step further. He makes the young boy kneel in front of him and say, “You rule and I drool.” Laughing hysterically, the bully slaps his “servant” in the face and runs off. Scene four: The boy stays home from school, feigning sickness. His life is consumed now with fear. His grades suffer; he begins to have trouble sleeping; he even wets his bed, something he hasn’t done since he was 4. The camera rolls through scene after scene of the bully’s torments and the agony of a 7-year-old who begins to wish that he had never been born. Then one day, something happens that changes everything.
Scene five: The young boy is being put through the normal routine by the bully, which after months has gotten more wicked and twisted, when a new kid walks down the road and witnesses the scene. Joshua has just moved to the neighborhood and doesn’t know anybody yet. He is a big boy, much bigger than the bully, and when he sees what is happening he runs over and throws the bully off the young boy. He helps the boy get his books together, brushes the dirt out of his hair and off his face, and then walks the rest of the way home with him. From that day on, the two become fast friends, and the word on the schoolyard is, “Wherever Joshua is, his little buddy is not far behind.” The camera rolls through scene after scene of the two developing a friendship, playing ball together, watching TV, going to church, eating lunch at school.
Scene six: Joshua is sick at home, and the bully has been watching and waiting for this opportunity. He knows it will be fun catching up with his “servant,” making up for many lost days. What he doesn’t know is that the young boy is not afraid anymore. Joshua has been more than just a friend and protector: He has taught his young friend how to fight back. When the bully starts to run at the young boy, he is met with a surprising blow to the gut, followed by an elbow drop that sends him crashing to the pavement. The victim has become the victor.
I was motivated to write the story by this quote from Stephen Schwarz’s book, “The Moral Question of Abortion”:
“Suppose, in the encounter between doctor and child [in an abortion], the child won half of the time, and killed the doctor in self-defense — something he would have every right to do. Very few doctors would perform abortions. They perform them now only because of their absolute power over a small, fragile, helpless victim.”
Where are those like Joshua who will fight for the unborn against the wicked who “murders the innocent,” whose “eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless?”
The slaughter of the innocent need not continue.
January 27, 2010