Corrie ten Boom, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oskar Schindler, and Leah Winandy...
(Tim, w/thanks to Alan) Now that it's safe, movies are made and books written about the men and women who feared God and took action to save the lives of Jews during the Third Reich. Corrie ten Boom and Dietrich Bonhoeffer are the best-known in evangelical circles. Oskar Schindler was the inspiration behind Steven Spielberg's Academy Awards Best Picture, Schindler's List. Too, there's the relentless (and unjustified) attack on Pope Pius XII for his purported failure to defend the Jews.
But back when Hitler was still in power and the Jews were still being slaughtered, who then was making movies about Corrie ten Boom, Oskar Schindler, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer?
No one. Our Lord made it clear prophets don't get garlands until they're dead and buried.
And while, elsewhere on this blog, the debate rages over whether any pastoral prayer should include a petition that God our Father would cause our civil magistrates to repent of their hatred of justice and mercy and bring an end to the slaughter of untold millions of unborn babies they have presided over, there are a few heroes at work in our cities today...
They're right in our midst and they bear the shame of ten Boom and Schindler and Bonhoeffer. They're the men and women, girls and boys who stand outside the slaughterhouses crying out to those mothers intent on murdering their child that they should repent and turn. That we will help them with food, housing, medical care, and love--whatever they need--and that they need not slaughter their little one.
Did you know these prophets have saved many thousands of lives?
My wife and I had one of the precious children they are saving living in our home for a couple of years with his adoptive mother. We praise God for the faithful witness of those in our city who do this nasty work and suffer the persecution. Constant, relentless, endless streams of cursing and profanity with the finger. Horns honked. Fists shaken. Legal intimidation by law enforcement officers and landowners. Physical intimidation by bodies and fists and cars. Jostling. Shame. Arrest. Used tampons thrown at us from the windows of passing cars. Armed assault.
Speaking of armed assault, remember the heroine who had a knife pulled on her while she was trying to stop the murder of babies outside Duluth's The Building for Women/Mothers Slaughterhouse of Choice? Here's what happened:
Leah Winandy, 21, said she was protesting abortions on behalf of Pro Life Ministries of Duluth and handing out pamphlets on First Street outside the Building for Women when confronted by Hall.
“I was there to ask mothers not to kill their babies at the abortion clinic,” she said. “She [Hall] was walking toward me. She pulled out a knife and waved it at me saying ‘Don’t come near me.’ I said, ‘Please don’t kill your baby. Fear God.’ I came to the edge of the courtyard. I said, ‘Look and listen to your ultrasound.’ She turned around and came back with a knife and held it up to my throat.”
And the fruit of Ms. Winandy's labors--what was the fruit?
Mechelle Hall said she never had the planned abortion. She decided to keep the baby after being confronted by anti-abortion protesters Leah Winandy and her mother, Sarah... She said she was stressed out and they made her realize that she didn’t want to end the life she was carrying inside her.
Asked if she had anything to say to the woman whose throat she'd held a knife against, Hall responded:
“Thank you for being there. If they weren’t there, I probably would have gone through with it and regretted it for the rest of my life. It probably would have gone the other way. I’m sincerely sorry for doing that to her.”
God bless Sarah and Leah Winandy. Some day a movie will be made about them. And when it's shown, Darryl Hart's great-grandchildren will watch it and cry with joy when they see the clips of Mechelle Hall's child playing in the park.v
And God bless Mechelle Hall. Isn't repentance beautiful? Thank you, Lord Jesus, for softening Ms. Hall's heart.