Maintaining a pro-life stance has been difficult in recent years. A massive campaign has been waged to infuse federal funding into embryonic stem cell research, a field that holds hope for victims of many diseases. Who could not sympathize with Michael J. Fox as he displayed signs of his Parkinson’s disease? How could anyone say “No” to research that might have helped Christopher Reeve overcome his debilitating spinal cord injury? When faces were connected to the maladies, many abandoned former objections to manipulation of human embryos.
An announcement on Tuesday, November 20 shook the scientific world. Researchers announced that a way had been discovered to generate stem cells from ordinary skin cells. No longer would embryos have to be disturbed. Virtually any laboratory in the nation could easily produce stem cells, it was announced. Research on many of today’s most dreaded illnesses may soon move forward with full speed.
There will be more information released in weeks to come. The optimism of this news may be tempered by details not yet revealed. But one principle already stands out to this writer: Those intent on doing right will ultimately find a way.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were determined to do what was right. The king of Babylon had ordered all subjects to worship a golden idol. These men knew there was only one true God, and they were resolved to bow down to no other. Standing before the king who had power to cast them into a superheated furnace, they declared their convictions: “If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (Daniel 3:17,18, NKJV).
In the end, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were delivered by God’s power from a fire that killed some of Nebuchadnezzar’s men. Those who waited on God were given dramatic deliverance.
The principle is also stated in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” The escape may not come immediately, but it will come if we hold fast to our faith.
We pray that this news about stem cell research will bear fruit and that many will be liberated from dreadful limitations. While we wait for better times, however, let us never compromise our convictions. God blesses those who are resolved to do right. Let’s believe the words we sing: “I know the Lord will make a way for me …”
Doors will open to those who are resolved to do the right things.