Nate Schmolze is an abolitionist and follower of Jesus Christ living near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Christian activist, he works to fight and abolish the evils of our age through literature distribution, street preaching, web development and writing.
As the culture dies and becomes more fragmented into self-centered, warring special interest groups, Christianity has the opportunity to rise up and provide the unifying worldview that holds people together in humility, self-sacrifice and truth. The Church took this role (though of course imperfectly) during the decline and fall of the Roman empire, and in the modern day, Christians are rising up to challenge the Church to follow our forefathers’ example.
Because different people are at different places in their walk with (or away from) Christ, there are four basic groups being addressed.
- Those who don’t yet bow the knee to Christ
- Lazy Christians — those who think that they don’t need to sacrificially care for their neighbors, share Christ with them etc.
- Untrained Christians — those who want to obey Christ, but don’t know what to do
- Abolitionists — those Christians who are already rising up to attack the evils of our age, and replace them with the life found only in Christ
At each stage of a person’s walk with Christ, Nate works to resist the fragmentation of our society and epistemology by demonstrating how the gospel of Jesus Christ applies to all matters of life, placing Jesus at the epicenter of all history, life and thought. Subject matters can therefore cover any subject, but all are united in one common theme — the abolition of death in all its forms, as far as the curse is found.
If you’ve spent any amount of time on this website, and you aren’t presently an active part of the abolitionist movement, then you’re probably wondering what the deal is with my logo. Why does it have the word “evil” in it? And what’s with the weird up-side-down A thing?
The first, and most important thing to talk about is the “AHA” symbol on the right; it stands for “Abolish Human Abortion,” and is the symbol for the modern abolitionist movement.
AHA is not a logo representing an organization, but rather a symbol representing a movement of people who are working to abolish human abortion by the power of the gospel. You don’t have to be a part of any abolitionist organization to use the symbol; rather you need to be a follower of Jesus Christ who believes in a set of ideas, and increasingly acts upon them (see the five tenets of abolitionism)
Earlier abolitionist movements chose various symbols to represent and unify their movements; the Jesus Fish and Am I Not A Man And A Brother symbols are discussed in the video below. In the same way, abolitionists today use the AHA symbol to unify our movement, and convey a basic theological truth.
The symbol’s meaning is very simple. The higher, right-side-up “A” represents the higher law of God, which has the authority to abolish lower laws of men. The lower, up-side-down “A” represents the lower law of man, which (in many countries) claims that abortion (murdering preborn children) is an acceptable practice, and a woman’s right. The “H” in the middle (the two slashes) represents the humanity which is gained when honoring the supremacy of God’s law, and which is lost when falsely claiming that man is supreme.
Abolitionists therefore are those Christians who honor God’s law above the arbitrary rulings of man, and are working to turn man’s law right-side-up by abolishing human abortion, so that man’s law is once more a reflection of God’s law. This work of abolition presently focuses on protecting preborn children, due to the scope and severity of this holocaust. However we also stand against homosexuality, no-fault divorce, pornography, and anything else that lifts itself against God’s way of life, because and we recognize that these practices are aborting us all.
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord…[and] Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2Ti 1:8, 10)
My website actually predates the moment that I became an abolitionist. It started as a blog called Redeemed that I created to write about my life, theology, Christian living, and the reformation of the Church. “Redeemed” captures a positive aspect of Christ’s work against sin, in that He not only abolishes it from the earth and individual lives, but He does so in a way that saves the lives of evil people who turn from their sin, and trust His death on the cross.
Like you, I am an evil man, when left to myself. When I was a kid, I briefly engaged in homosexual activity with a friend who introduced me to the practice, before I even knew what sex was about. In some respects it was abuse, but eventually it became simple, consensual sin on my part – a capital crime in God’s form of civil government. (see Pride and Humility for more information)
God in Christ has every right to judge me for my wicked and departure from His law. But in His grace He redeemed me (bought me back) by dying on the cross in my place. In that victory, He started a movement that would crush the head of Satan, and abolish death from every human life that trusts in Him. As one of those people who has been redeemed from my evil heart and deeds, I am now called to take up my own cross, and join Him in that work to abolish sin from the earth through the power of the gospel — standing against the very things that I was once guilty of.
So after I encountered abolitionism, I wanted to create a logo for my site that would integrate the war that abolitionists are waging against sin, with our personal experience of being bought back from the kingdom of darkness.
The word “Red” in “Redeemed” of course represents the blood of Christ that was shed to buy us back and cleanse us from our sin. The remaining white letters (or backgroun) represents the final, pure, glorified state of the redeemed bride of Christ (all who trust in Jesus).
The word that looks like “evil” is the word “Alive” spelled backward, beginning with the up-side down “A”. Just as abolitionists are working to turn the law of man right-side up, the redeemed are working to turn our backward culture of evil and death into a redeemed culture of purity and life.
Finally, the gray underline fading into red is the pull of God’s Spirit on every evil heart, to turn from sin, and trust in Jesus’ selfless sacrifice on the cross. It is the decision that you have to make to either reject Christ and remain in the kingdom of darkness, or accept Him, and enter the war for life. There is no neutrality; if you claim to follow Jesus, then He will change you into a new creation, the kind of person who reaches into this dying, evil world with the gospel and compassion of Christ for the needy and the lost.
“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isa 1:16-20)
“Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.” (Rom 11:22)
Many Christians instinctively recognize that they have a God-given duty to help the needy and the oppressed. In a culture where the neediest people are the 1,000,000+ people being killed by abortion every year, they understand that Jesus does not give us the option to walk by these children on the other side of the road as they bleed into the ground (Luk 10:25-37).
Many Christians know that they should do something, but they don’t know where to begin. The Activate series is designed to give you a simple, free way to educate yourself about the abolition of abortion, and to make an impact on the people in your social network.
Five minutes out of your day can save the child of someone you know. Join the great social campaign to help shift the culture’s perspective on abortion toward repentance and trust in Jesus Christ.