FoxNews reports that a Planned Parenthood worker in Texas quit after seeing an ultrasound of a baby being aborted. Here’s a snippet:
Abby Johnson, 29, used to escort women from their cars to the clinic in the eight years she volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. But she says she knew it was time to leave after she watched a fetus “crumple” as it was vacuumed out of a patient’s uterus in September.
The most intriguing part of this article was when Johnson described the driving force behind the clinic’s abortions:
“Every meeting that we had was, ‘We don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough money — we’ve got to keep these abortions coming’…It’s a very lucrative business and that’s why they want to increase numbers.”
Immediately, Acts 19:21-41 came to my mind. Paul had been preaching the gospel in Ephesus, and he was preaching against the goddess Artemis, the Greek deity of hunting and fertility, who later became associated with wealth and prosperity.
Some Ephesians were angry at Paul, who “persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not god” (v. 26). What was the driving force of their anger at Paul and zeal for this goddess? Verses 24-25 tell us the answer:
For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth.”
Just like the Ephesian silversmiths, the Planned Parenthood workers acquired their wealth from a god (i.e. abortion) they made with their own hands. In a word, they were greedy. Greed and abortion, like Artemis, are idols. And when the idol of greed is threatened, the result is either repentance toward Jesus or rage, chaos, hatred, and only more idolatry and greed.
The lust for wealth is a damning desire. Truly “those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Tim. 6:9).