By Skyler Lee
While Jeremiah Thomas has gained much support from the pro-life community after he used his last wish to discuss the abolition of abortion with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, pro-choice activists have bombarded him with hate. However, Thomas responds with nothing but love.
Thomas was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer last year and has since become paralyzed from the waist down but he has not let that affect his pro-life efforts.
Before he was diagnosed, Thomas was involved with sidewalk counseling outside of abortion facilities with his family. Even now, Thomas says he can still preach from his wheelchair.
The apple does not fall far from the tree as Thomas’ father is the National Director of the pro-life organization Operation Save America.
With his parents being pro-life advocates themselves, they are no strangers to hate — but seeing people viciously attack their son online has become too much.
Thomas’ mother recently released a statement in response to the relentless hatred her son is receiving from those who are pro-choice.
“How would you feel if someone wished your child dead? Or laughed at his suffering? Or called him ugly as he recovered from the effects of chemo and radiation?” she questioned. “How would you feel if an army of abortion supporters… flooded your child’s social media account to cyberbully him AS HE DIED?”
His parents may be hurt for Jeremiah, but Thomas insists the hate directed at his family bothers him more than the hate directed at him personally.
“I get more offended when they talk about my family. Most of them were personally towards me, and some were about my parents… that I was brainwashed as a kid,” Thomas told Live Action. “No matter how far of a pit you are in, God still died on the cross for them, and He still loves them.”
In fact, as a true Christian, Jeremiah prays for his haters.
“I pity them. To have that much darkness in your heart that you’d want a kid with cancer to die. Makes me wonder what happened to them in their life. It’s a scary place to be — mentally and spiritually. I pray God would have mercy on them,” Thomas said in a statement on Operation Save America’s website.
Thomas’ mother recognizes this is a similar fight a lot of Christians face; as Jesus said in John 15:18, “if the world hates you, remember it hated me first.”
That is why Thomas stands firm in his faith and stance against abortion.
“Feels good to be hated for Christ. Feels like I’m doing something,” Thomas said.
Although he has faced a lot of hate along the way, Thomas is grateful for all of the support he has received from the pro-life community.
He told Live Action kids from all over are messaging him saying they have started sidewalk counseling outside of abortion facilities too and are helping actively combat a culture of death in America.
“What was truly amazing was the ministry opportunity that was given to me when I got sick. As soon as I got sick, my testimony blew up [in size]. Constantly people were texting me, encouraging me, giving me their testimony and this blessings, and prayer,” Thomas explained. “All over the world, people tell me...how their lives were changed.”