By Ed Prins:
I recently read an interview in the April 24, 2017 issue of Time magazine. A doctor who said he’s “been a Christian longer than I’ve been a physician” felt compassion for women who needed help to “safely end their pregnancies” when he heard Dr. Martin Luther King tell the story of the Good Samaritan as related in the Gospels. How could he stand idle while others passed by these victims with disregard? This personal “epiphany” that he described has led to a life of using his skills as an abortionist to end the lives of a multitude of unborn children.
That same day I had the chance to read the blog of a special sister in Christ who saw that same parable as a call for us to recognize the need for helping women in crisis save the lives of their unborn children. Pearl Corbin wrote, “Very few young women know that there is a God who loves them, unconditionally, and has a wonderful plan for their lives, as well as the lives of their little ones…..by opening up its doors to embrace, teach, train and mentor these new mothers-to-be, Expect Hope is serving the ladies in its care as the Good Samaritan did.” She goes on to say that we as His disciples should “go and do likewise”.
What a stark contrast in the views of two individuals, both claiming the parable of the Good Samaritan as their rationale. When one accepts the lie that some humans are not really human, they can easily justify ridding their society of those individuals. We saw this happen in Europe prior to the Holocaust that ended in the deaths of over 6 million Jews, and we see it in our own age with the deaths of ten times that number of unborn since Roe vs. Wade was decided.
Now picture a woman lying on a stainless steel operating room table in Manhattan while medical personnel remove her baby. The tiled walls and floor are shiny and clean and lights bright, belying the severity and consequence of the procedure. In contrast, a single mother in the Bronx decides to give life to her child. Although she found herself in a difficult situation with her pregnancy, she is now in a warm, nurturing environment for raising her baby and being supported and trained to parent and provide for this precious new life.
God delights in taking an impossible situation and changing it for His glory. For the women and children of Expect Hope, God can give “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness: that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3) How exciting it is to see the hand of God at work as Expect Hope becomes a reality, providing the opportunity for redeeming the lives of young women and their children.