The Weekly Perspective

by TJ Draper, Deacon

Last year, Paul Vaughn, faithful member of his church in Centerville (and long time friend of mine), participated in a peaceful, pro-life protest. Last week, the FBI deemed the timing appropriate to arrest Paul for this far past event at gun-point on his farm, surrounded by his children, and cart him off without answering any of his or his family’s questions as to the nature of the arrest. We know now that it had to do with that protest from a year ago. Paul and Bethany have 11 children in all, the oldest of whom are married with little children of their own, the youngest of whom is toddling around in a diaper.

There are many questions surrounding this arrest, but what is not in question is the Vaughn’s commitment to Christ, family, and children. Their money is where their mouth is and the powers that be have decided to persecute them for it. In 2 Timothy 3:12–13, the Apostle Paul says, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” So those who despise God and his word purposing evil against us is not unexpected. Paul goes on, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.”

Paul is facing up to 11 years in prison for trying to peacefully stop the murder of unborn babies. Please lift up Paul and his family at this time that they may walk faithfully to that which God has called them.