“What Am I Doing?”

I’m sure you’ve seen the articles about Abby Johnson, the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic who resigned her position after witnessing ultrasonic video of an abortion in which the 13 week old baby tried to pull away from the probe the doctor was using to kill him/her.  Here’s what she told ABC News after resigning.

“I just thought, ‘What am I doing?'” she told ABC News. “And then I thought, ‘Never again.'”

“What am I doing?”  That sums it up pretty well.  And it is a question that I hope and pray everyone involved in abortions asks themselves.  Because what they are doing is killing.

Planned Parenthood and those who are pro-abortion tell us that we’re doing nothing more significant than removing an unwanted skin blemish – taking away something that isn’t wanted.  What they don’t tell us is that the actual abortion procedure is barbaric and that it is killing an unborn baby.  Not a lump of unwanted tissue – a baby.  A baby that will recoil from a probe in a way that looks like he or she is experiencing pain from the probe.  A baby that was a special creation of God.

The thing that struck me here is that question, “What am I doing?”.  It certainly isn’t a question that applies only to those who provide or facilitate abortions.  It is a question that applies to each of us because we all sin.  What we are doing is moving against what God desires and against God himself.

Abby Johnson seems to have been confronted with that question for the first time after witnessing the true brutality and horror of an abortion.  What does it take for us to be confronted with that question for the brutality and horror of our own sin?  And how do we respond when we ask that question of ourselves?

“What am I doing?” indeed.

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