Pro-Life Teen Who Is Terminally Ill Forgives the Internet Trolls Who Celebrated His Cancer
This shining star of faith, forgiveness, and utter fearlessness said of those who mocked him, '[It] feels good to be hated for Christ'
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you,” Colossians 3:13 in the Bible directs.
One special teen whose earthly time is running out is a living example of the forgiveness Christianity offers — and asks human beings to extend it to others.
Jeremiah Thomas, 16, was diagnosed with bone cancer this March, less than a year after receiving baptism and becoming a teen preacher, LifeSiteNews reported. He has witnessed about Christ outside of abortion clinics and has taken on the issue of abortion as his mission in the time he has remaining on Earth.
The teen’s father, Rusty Thomas, is director of the pro-life group Operation Save America (formerly known as Operation Rescue), headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The younger Thomas, who before his illness was a star athlete, heard that he had a cancerous tumor on his chest and thought that his dreams of playing college football and becoming a minister were over, as multiple sources reported. (See this inspiring teen speak in the video below).
He soon found another calling.
“I don’t know how much time I have left on this earth,” Jeremiah Thomas said in an open letter, “but with the time that I do have, I want it to count for my God and for my generation.”
He explained, “This is my call to my generation: Leave it all behind and come back home.”
“This culture of death I speak of consists of abortion, homosexuality and suicide,” he explained in his letter.
“One-third of our generation has been wiped out due to abortion,” he added. “Over 25 million people have died as a result of AIDS. Even without AIDS, the life expectancy of a homosexual man or woman is about 33 years shorter than that of a heterosexual. More young people die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.”
The teen also had a message for left-wing college campus demonstrators “who think they’re fighting the establishment.”
“You ARE the establishment,” he wrote. “Your professors are liberal. Your parents are probably liberal. Your friends are liberal. The music you listen to is liberal. Hollywood is liberal, so the movies you watch are liberal. So tell me, who or what are you truly rebelling against?”
He noted that if students really wanted to be rebels, they should instead fight for freedom — and he held up pro-lifers as “true examples of counter-culture” in their effort to eradicate abortion.
When Thomas was approved for Make a Wish, he decided on a “legacy wish” — one that would benefit him but also potentially save countless lives.
His request: A phone call with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, imploring him to end the scourge of abortion.
AMAZING: Jeremiah is a 16-year-old who is battling cancer, and his dying wish is to end abortion. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Jeremiah and promised to do everything he can to fulfill his wish to save preborn children. Pass this video along to share Jeremiah's story.Video credit: Rusty Thomas
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After the story about Jeremiah Thomas, his open letter, and his Make a Wish Foundation involvement broke, hate-filled messages began to flow — hard to believe but all too true.
“Cancer is giving your mom a late term abortion. lmao [laughing my a** off],” said one, according to the Operation Rescue website.
Another read, “You aren’t dead yet? God, do your job!”
And another, “See u in hell, ugly.”
And there was this: “Imao. When he’s dead there’s less damage he can do to women and their psyches.”
One hater even wrote, “Cancer is what he deserves … By condemning abortion he’s saying he doesn’t care about all the women who die from not having abortions … Hope he goes quick and soon.'”
But the teen’s mother, Kendra Thomas, said her son has forgiven all those haters.
“I pity them,” she said he told her, according to the Operation Save America website. “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.”
Jeremiah Thomas has a positive attitude even toward those who mock and hate him.
“Feels good to be hated for Christ,” he said, according to LifeSiteNews. “Feels like I’m actually doing something.”