By: Dr. Ed Prins
In Luke 9, James and John encountered a Samaritan village that refused to provide Jesus and His disciples a place to stay. They asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” I admit that when I think about what abortion workers do day after day, I feel deeply grieved but also find myself inclined to condemn them.
Abbey Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood center in Texas, explains her past life this way; “When evil comes into your life in such a real and tangible way, it changes you. And you know what? You don’t even see it. You truly don’t realize what you are doing.”
Sin blinds us to the truth, and only the work of God can remove our blindness. Abbey offers this advice, “How can we condemn those who are truly blinded by evil? We can’t. We shouldn’t. How do we bring about conversion of those living in blindness? By love. By truth in charity. By offering forgiveness. By offering mercy. With prayer.”
Her testimony has challenged me to replace judgement with compassion; to respond to injustice with prayer rather than vitriol.
Jesus answered James and John’s anger with compassion, saying, “Ye know not what spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” And then Jesus led them to another village.
I think of Expect Hope as “another village.” It provides a Christ centered, loving sanctuary for those who choose life for their unborn. Expect Hope is a place where both mother and child can be nurtured, where the love of God is shed abroad through a staff committed to glorifying God through this ministry.
I thank God for His work at Expect Hope and ask for a fresh baptism of fire from heaven, that we may be filled with Him and with His compassion for the suffering and lost.
The following is an additional excerpt from the article “Confessions of a former Planned Parenthood director” by Abbey Johnson in LifeSiteNews.com:
I’ve heard pro-lifers yell at abortion clinic workers that they should “REPENT!!!” Repent of what? They don’t see what they are doing as something that needs to be repented of. Why? Because they are blinded. Do you think yelling at them will remove that blindness? Not likely.
They don’t see it. They don’t know what they are doing. That sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
“Father forgive them. They know not what they do.” You see, Christ recognized spiritual blindness in others, yet we are not able to see. That is part of our own blindness. Christ gave us the perfect example of how we should treat those who truly don’t know. We pray for them. We forgive them. We love them. But somehow, some think they know better than Christ. Blindness.
We are all afflicted with our own spiritual blindness. That’s what sin does to us, and we all sin. We would do better to look into our own hearts and deal with our own sin before we condemn the sins of others.
Does this mean we don’t judge right from wrong? Of course not. I’m not talking about taking a stand on moral absolutes. Is abortion absolutely wrong? Yes. Are the people who work in these facilities absolutely evil? No. Why? Because they have the ability to change. They have the ability to receive the love and forgiveness of Christ. Abortion does not change. It is always killing a human being. It is always violating the rights of an individual person. Nothing will ever change about that. Abortion clinic workers can change. And they do change. I changed. We have 132 clinic workers in our ministry (abortionworker.com) who have changed.
Don’t doubt the power of God to change any heart. Let’s extend love to those He may be working on. Let’s not do anything to disrupt His hard work.
They will know we are Christians by our LOVE. Hate begets hate. Love begets love. Let’s choose to love and to love well.