A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”
I don’t know about you, but I always dread coming to a stop light and seeing, at the side of the road, a man or a woman begging for money. I have the tendency to turn away and look busy. I might even get on my cell phone and pretend to be speaking to someone. What can I do? Often, I don’t carry any money. Would this beggar understand that? Would he look at my collar and believe me or would he lose all faith in Christ and in His Church because of me!
And so for this reason, I turn away.
But there are many who turn away because they don’t want to see these things that are all too real and all very personal. There is a strong tendency in all of us to turn away from the truth; to turn away from guilt; to turn away someone, especially if that someone is unexpected and unplanned.
I hate to bring up certain themes and certain articles I have read, but I feel like I have to. In yesterday’s Dallas Morning News (or DaMN for short), there was an extremely biased and opinionated article written by Chuck Lindell of the Austin American-Statesman regarding the Texas’ sonogram law. Chuck seems to think that when it comes to women’s health, women should remain ignorant. He reports that “Some women choose to watch the monitor image; some try to tune out the physician’s description of what it shows; most decline to offer to hear the fetal heartbeat.”
The new state law requires that doctors inform and educate expectant mothers of the size of their unborn child, the physical details of their unborn child. I am not surprised at all that some of the mom’s do not want to see these images. It’s probably because they were told by Planned Parenthood that it was simply “a mass or blob of tissue”. If anyone is to blame for this law, the blame should squarely rest with Planned Parenthood. Years of falsehoods, years of denial, and years of betrayal have finally caught up with them.
I may have a problem with a surgeon describing in exacting detail what he plans to do with me and with, let’s say, a tumor inside of me. But I would not have a problem watching on a monitor the image of a tumor. In fact, I would be excited to see it and hear how it will be removed and destroyed.
That a mom would not feel comfortable looking at an image of her unborn baby must strongly suggest that the “blob of tissue” does not look like a blob at all but haunting resembles hands and fingers, feet and toes, a head, a nose, a body, a soul of one of my very own children.
Yes, and in that case, the truth is very hard to watch. But Chuck and the DaMN seem to think that knowledge is a bad thing! Whatever happened to the maxim, “Knowledge is Power!”? I don’t know a single doctor in America that does not carefully go over the details of a procedure. Texas law has finally caught up with the laissez-faire attitude of the abortion industry and their “doctors.”
Chuck writes, “Whole Women’s Health, [an abortion provider], has seen no minds changed to date.” He seems to want his readers to forget that the law has been in place for one week. He goes on to say that the law is a burden to women: “It can be costly. They have to take off two days from work, pay for child care twice…sometimes drive long distances over two days.”
While I was reading these pitiful distractions, I immediately recalled the reactions heard around the country when the Supreme Court ordered desegregation. Yes, students had to drive for miles to go to school. They were even forced to attend schools far from their neighborhoods. All types of people complained. Moms and dads were angry and frustrated. Few people changed their minds at the start of the law.
What a difference the world is today because of desegregation!
Don’t turn away! There are many laws in our land that specifically target and give special rights and protections to groups of individuals. At first people always complain, and few hearts may actually change. But I guarantee you that the unborn child is not complaining at all. For these small, silent voices that are scared to death of being put to death, let us never turn our backs on them. Make no mistakes: We are in this fight for the long haul, not for some short term benefits. If one life is saved, then it was all worth it, especially for that one life.
Let us continue to fight for a culture of life and not a culture of death. Let us continue to fight for truth, knowledge, education and awareness. Let us continue to reach out and touch the untouchables.
Keep Austin Weird! Austin may be a “weird” city. But let’s not make any mistakes: weird should not be equated with dumb.