Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) member and Ob-Gyn physician Dr. Regina Frost appears to be a modern-day Queen Esther, taking a courageous stand for the faith as did the biblical heroine. Dr. Frost is representing Christian doctors in a high-stakes federal lawsuit
to protect the new federal conscience protection rule
from legal assault.
In an age of increasing hostility toward believers in the healthcare arena on issues including abortion, assisted suicide, sex and gender, the faith community needs more Esthers and Daniels to stand up and speak out.
Esther, the courageous queen of Ahasuerus, averted a pogrom by risking her life to unlawfully approach and entreat the king on behalf of her imperiled Jewish brethren. As she contemplated the risk and compared it to the impending consequences for her fellow believers if she did not speak up, Esther committed to taking a stand, concluding, “if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).
Daniel, a young Jewish captive chosen to serve as a protégé of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, committed to not compromising his conscience. He wisely but determinedly contravened the king’s orders that would have violated his faith:
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8, NASB).
Dr. Frost and CMDA are taking a stand against the assault on faith and conscience by 19 state governments, the District of Columbia and the cities of New York and Chicago. Becket
, the winning law firm that successfully represented Little Sisters of the Poor in a Supreme Court religious freedom case over a government contraceptives mandate, is intervening on behalf of Dr. Frost and CMDA to protect the conscience rule, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
As Becket explains on its website
As Dr. Frost has realized, this is no time for believers to silently hide while passively hoping that somehow the controversy and the agitators will not reach us personally. Our right to follow our conscience and the dictates of our faith are under sustained attack, both from within the healthcare community and from without, in an aggressively secular culture untethered from morality.
Regardless of how close the assault may be touching us personally at the moment, we need to stand up and speak out whenever we see an erosion of faith and conscience freedom.
In the 1930’s, Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller at first welcomed the Nazi’s Third Reich. Eventually he learned that the State would countenance no competition from the Church.
After emerging from seven years in Nazi concentration camps, Pastor Niemoller summed up in a poem the lesson he had learned so painfully:
Having yielded our lives--and livelihoods--to our Lord who suffered and died for us, we can resolve, as did Esther, “if I perish, I perish.” And then we need to speak out and make the most of our calling to engage “for such a time as this.”