I love the word hope. It is such a wonderful, optimistic word. It inspires, encourages, and motivates. It makes me smile. It has been the subject of countless songs, hymns, poems, sonnets, movies, and books. Hope is also a fabulous female name.
Like the word love, the word hope can be difficult to define. It is so rich with meaning, so often used in our culture, and so saturated with history that we have a hard time wrapping our minds around it. Yet hope is foundational to life. Without hope, we die.
The word hope appears over 150 times in Scripture. It is one of the three main elements of the Christian life (1 Cor. 13:13), the bedrock of our belief, and the reason for our joy.
The Holman Bible Dictionary defines hope as “Trustful expectation, particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God’s promises.”
Hope is not frivolous or ill informed. It is not flippant. True hope is grounded in facts, observations, and assurances. It is grounded in belief—and not “belief” as it is commonly defined today.
Our culture often defines belief as personal preference or opinion, such as, “I believe abortion is necessary to secure women’s rights,” or “I believe abortion doesn’t kill a person; it just removes a blob of tissue.”
Both statements are wrong opinions based on fallacies. And yet our culture gives credence to such opinions because we use the catch phrase “I believe.”
I like Holman’s definition, “Trustful expectation.” We expect hope to be fulfilled because we trust or believe in the reasons for our hope. And those reasons are rock solid.
Hope is essential to life, and it is essential to ending abortion in America.
Human Coalition is designating 2017 as The Year of Hope. Though our key organizational passage is Proverbs 24:11-12, during 2017 we will explore Hebrews 10:23-25, as well as other passages about hope.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB) says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
This passage is packed with meaning, insight, and instruction. We’ll explore it together throughout 2017, but here are a few initial thoughts:
1. We will not waver.
Those of us who are fighting to end America’s greatest holocaust will experience fatigue, frustration, and discouragement. There are times when we feel alone. Yet we do not waver. We will not falter; we will not fail. You and I know this war is primarily spiritual, and we serve the King of kings. Our hope is not built on our own efforts, goals, or abilities. It is based on the Creator God who made each one of us in His image.
2. We are to encourage one another to good deeds.
In the effort to end abortion, the term “good deeds” takes on a myriad of meanings. However, instilling hope in a community that has very little of it is something all of us can and should do. Over the past five years, we’ve discovered just how essential hope is to ending abortion in our nation.
Human Coalition serves mostly single, pregnant, abandoned women. Of those women in our post-crisis care program (called the Continuum of Care), 95% are single, 57% have other children, 89% are living below the poverty level, and 35% have criminal records. In other words, they have very little hope.
Thousands of hurting women call us, and many choose to visit one of the 30 life-affirming pregnancy centers we partner with, or one of our 7 pro-life women’s care clinics.
The primary emotion of the women we see in our clinics is anxiety. Oftentimes a woman is being coerced to abort her child by a boyfriend, mother, father, or pimp. If the abortion decision is hers, there are powerful influences on her life that make her feel like she has no choice. She may be financially strapped, emotionally insecure, abused, and neglected.
The antidote for anxiety? Hope. Trustful expectation. We want our clients to trust us and trust that we will help them, walk with them, stand by them, and advocate for them. It is not a frivolous hope. It is a promise we make and work diligently to fulfill—every time.
Can all of us be promoters of hope to an abortion-determined community of millions of women who don’t have any hope?
3. We must work together.
This Hebrews passage is often used to encourage us to be deeply involved in our churches and faith communities, and this is a proper application. However, I believe it applies to our movement to end abortion as well.
Human Coalition is, at its essence, a justice effort. While we sometimes think of justice as judging oppressors, justice also means rescuing those being oppressed. Christians are to be deeply, passionately involved in bringing justice to those who are victimized.
And we are to be rescuers—together.
There is much about the pro-life movement to argue about, and there is much that can divide us. It is far better, though, to focus on that which unifies us—our belief that every human being is precious and should be protected. And we are driven by a passion to rescue those being delivered to death, both child and mother.
Abortion can be ended in America in one generation. That is a belief based on fact. However, abortion will not be ended without a unified Church. Being unified doesn’t mean we agree on everything, for certainly we won’t. Unified means we focus on that which is common among us.
The Human Coalition staff is a beautiful example of this unity amidst diversity. Our 110+ team members represent different races, colors, creeds, denominations, and sects. If we spent time discussing baptism, the end times, worship styles, theological interpretation, or church history, I suspect the arguments would never cease.
However, we aren’t here to argue about those things. We are here to help end the worst holocaust in human history, to protect image bearers of God, to bring help to abandoned and rejected women, to restore biblical manhood, and to save every baby we can. And we are to do it together. Why?
Because we’ve seen hope turn into life almost 6,000 times. Because hope is transforming the hearts of men and restoring their warrior spirits. Because hope is motivating the Church out of its silent ambivalence and apathy. Because hope is the antidote to abortion, and the antidote is spreading like wildfire.
Thank you for embarking on this adventure with us. Let our unfailing hope in our Savior drive us, may it encourage us, and may it be the reason for our success.
Glory and Praise! Our Heavenly Father God , Our Lord Jesus Christ. For you Brian Fisher and all of the Human Coalition staff.
Thank you, for all that you are doing to save all Babies, our joyous gifts of life from God. Continuous Blessings.
Thank you, from all of our team here!
How our hopes of once again America, Gods country no. 2, would be honoring our Creator again ! As it was when I was young. We had prayer each morning in school, we honored Jesus’s birth at Christmas ! Sex was not flaunted in all of our lives! And our… Read more »
Hi Brian, I pray in Jesus name , the lord god will stop all abortions At all the clinics . It is simply murder in the first degree because they have to raise money to pay also make an appt . Go in for consult to make it is what… Read more »
Please make changes that would allow Canadians who share in this fight for life to donate. Thank you for all you do. Blessings! W. Dean Hill
Hi Dean – this giving form should work for you: https://hucoprod.wpengine.com/save-a-child/. Thanks in advance!
Keep up the awesome work you and your group are doing!!! Thank you!!! Kathy Sheahan
I pray the rosary daily for the end to abortion, taking the precious life of God’s creation. We are fighting a against pure evil and all of us need to pray more and get involved as much as we can. I plan on volunteering at prolife pregnancy center
God bless all that you do for preborn babies. I pray the rosary every day to end this murder of babies.
Dear Brian Fisher thank you for your message.I agree with you that it is God’s will to end abortion not only in America,however all over the world.I want to donate for this noble cause,however have no money.However I shall make big donations when I get payment for work for Democracy,financial… Read more »
Thank you SO much I so needed this encouragement. Thank you for all you do!!!!!!
New director of pregnancy care center
Congrats! Blessings as you lead the charge in your center.
I pledge my daily prayers to go to the Human Coalition. The work you’re doing is hard. It’s uncomfortable. It’s emotionally challenging. It NEEDS to be done. Thank you!
Thank you Kathy!
Dear Brian, When I left my wife, my children, my grandchildren, my aging parents and spiritual children at my local church that I was pastoring in Africa, on August 29th 2013, in obedience to the call on my life to COME AND PRAY FOR ALL THE FIFTY STATES of AMERICA,… Read more »
Thank you John. Blessings on your fabulous ministry! And amen to your comments about men. The tide is turning, though, and we have many reasons to be hopeful.
May God bless you for all you are doing to bring about Life & Hope in our society.
God has given me a huge heart for this cause. I find myself interjecting on FB every chance I get to be a voice for them. And its been on my heart to see all of us united one Church in Christ. Putting down all odds we have and getting… Read more »
Thanks Steve, and thanks for engaging on social media. If you want to talk to someone on staff about how to be move involved, email Sean at [email protected]. Blessings!
Thank you Brian for your HOPE filled rallying cry! There is great power, and authority even, in the word Hope, because the opposite is despair and great power must be had to break it’s bonds; to break it’s hold over mankind.
Thank you Brian for this lovely message on HOPE!!! I look forward to reading the scriptures on Hope as well… God bless you–I am keeping you and all those who work tirelessly for the unborn and their moms., in prayer…..I am not able to give financially but if I ever… Read more »
Thank you for your comments. Without hope we have nothing. The hope you expressed is so much a part of all our life. I pray that your quest for the hope of the future, that all lifes will be saved in our lifetime.
Many blessings to you all
Our LORDS word says in Psalm139:13-16 we are wonderfully and beautifully made, that HE had a plan for all of HIS creation each one written in HIS book of LIFE spoken of in Revelations. I just want to say all societies before us in biblical times who harmed, used babies… Read more »
I hope and pray they close the abortion clinics,, and prosecute the people making money not just for the abortions but also everyone involved in selling baby body parts,, they will face their judgment and pay for their sins.
Planned Parenthood, etc. can only charge their expenses.
I know how to make abortion unthinkable: make it unwanted. You need to focus on the demand side of the equation. By focusing on the supply side, you’re simply addressing a symptom. Why not address the problem? Why not actually join *with* pro-choice activists, who’d also like to see unwanted… Read more »
Pro-choice advocates don’t want to end unwanted pregnancies. They worship death, they want the unwanted pregnancies to continue so they can keep on murdering babies. Sounds crazy I know, but go to one of their rallies sometime and have a chat with them.. ask them about Satanism. Or just check… Read more »
That *does* sound crazy, especially because none of the pro-choice advocates I know worship death or are Satanists. Let’s put that nonsense aside and look at the simple facts. No pro-life or pro-choice advocate *likes* abortions. They’d both be happy to see the need for abortions shrink. By trying to… Read more »
When innocense is protected on this earth, only then will we cease to crucify Jesus.
I pray the rosary daily for an end to abortion.
God bless you in all your efforts!
and may God bless your efforts; don’t give up!
Thank you! The words of our Father live in our hearts and are true to who we all are as children of God. Let hope reign in our hearts and shine out of us unceasingly.
If we pray together we will stay together to abolish abortion
Please do not the great work you are doing for these poor souls that receive abortions. My only regret I can not do more for the cause. I will pray very hard the GOD helps us stop this murder of human beings . May GOD bless you and all of… Read more »
There is always HOPE other wise things would just get worse.
I trust in the Lord to get things right. He will sustain me.