Better Then Than Now
Joan Malin might've been the most dangerous person to Jesus Christ. Conceived by the will of God to a teenage mom, Jesus Christ experienced a post-birth attempt on his life some 2000 years ago that caused his parents to relocate to Egypt. Present day ineutero inhabitants are finding themselves in a similar situation in New York City.
Malin, the director of Planned Parenthood in New York City, has championed an initiative that places Plan B, also known as the Morning After Pill, into the hands of high school students, bypassing any parent authorization. As of September, 567 children who found themselves conceived in the womb of a New York City teenager lost their lives through the school-offered abortifacient.
Herod's gendercide and Malin's approved convience killing stand in opposition to God's image-stamp on humanity. The distraction from humanity's tie to God's image in the womb creates a justified arguement when the time-frame of development is brought-up in a court of law. This justification is a form of idolatry, calling for greater emphasis on mankind's will than God's holy indwelling in humanity. C.S. Lewis noted this in his classic The Great Divorce:
“No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God's hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.”
The beautiful paradox of the message of Christ at Christmastime is centered in the fact that from the lowly place of a cattle trough, despite abortive attemps on His life, Jesus entered the world to bring reconciliation.
Through the small voice of a baby, humanity regains purpose. Despite present culture's attempt to relegate utilitarian thinking into teenage education, Jesus' birth story speaks, calling redemption and restoration for all of humanity. This historical reality is the basis of Hillcrest's attempt to prepare students in a Bible-based environment for a life of significance.