The Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation today confirmed what everyone else already knew: taking a stand for what is right; taking a stand on issues that are not popular; taking a stand against what the world has determined in its own mind is perfectly acceptable; is hard. Not hard as in someone came in and yelled at you and now you are having a bad day hard, but the overwhelming flood of phone calls, emails, and letters from citizens and politicians and the media pushing you to do what they want and not what your own convictions have told you.
Of course, I will give Susan G. Komen for the Cure credit: they did last almost 48 hours. Which is a lot longer than most others last against the pressures of the world.
For the record, Susan G. Komen for the Cure withdrawal of funding for Planned Parenthood was curious, and based on some stories, possibly even only temporary until Planned Parenthood was no longer under investigation. The pro-life movement may have been celebrating prematurely, although the victory, while momentary, did get the pro-life message in the media for at least a few days.
But the issue today is that the victory of Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunding Planned Parenthood was even more short lived than most expected. Funding has been restored due to pressures from the outside. The 100% increase in donations during that short window were not enough to overcome the massive onslaught that the rest of the world countered with.
Let the Christian take note: being a Christian is hard. A foundation with a huge budget and lawyers and some smart people on staff were not able to withstand the pressures.
Were they ready for all the attention they were going to get? Were they ready for the massive deluge of calls and emails they were about to get from citizens and politicians?
Take note: ready or not Susan G. Komen for the Cure lasted less than 48 hours on a decision that was probably not as purely pro-life as some would like to think; how long can you last when you take a stand for something that you actually believe in?
Being a Christian is hard. It is not just about going to church on Sunday while your neighbor goes to the golf course, or your friends are at a sporting event. Being a Christian is about making a confession of what you believe to those who may not agree with you: whether they may be family or friends or strangers. Being a Christian is being willing to undergo that persecution that may come: letters, emails, phone calls, loss of friends, angry family members, even the possibility that you may have to seriously rethink your career choice.
The apostles and early Christians faced death. We remember the account of St. Stephan being stoned, of St. Peter being imprisoned, and St. Paul being stoned; they stood firm for what they believed; how many saw the persecution and fled?
In Star Wars Episode 1, Qui Gon tells young Aniken that becoming a Jedi is hard work, and even if he should succeed, the life was demanding. Aniken responds that becoming a Jedi was what he always wanted to be. Little did Qui Gon or Aniken know just how hard Aniken was going to have it in his life as a Jedi.
That is the warning given to Christians: being a Christian is a hard life, it is not always popular, and it can lead to a long and even lonely life. Susan G. Komen for the Cure lasted 48 hours; many last less than that. Be prepared to make a defense of the hope that is in you, because you will be called upon to make a defense for the hope that is in you.