It is Good To Ask Ourselves Some Questions. The Pro-lifers of Rockford have been dealing with what a writer for the National Catholic Register has called, "The most infamous abortion clinic in America." Inside Rockford’s abortion mill tens of thousands have been murdered and God is mocked. This abortion mill has a destructive power that reaches well beyond the bloody confines of the Northern Illinois Women’s Center.
Through it all, the pro-life Christians of Rockford have been models of faith, hope, and love. Persevering for over 25 years, they have been playing a part, through God’s grace, in the saving of thousands of children’s lives.
But we need to be aware that the brutal, sustained, and openly demonic killing of so many innocent people for so many years can have an effect on us also. We cannot give in to hatred, bitterness, or despair.
We need to be on guard against the thinking of the Pharisees who only saw evil in the world and thought of themselves without sin. When we work for the lives of the unborn, the attitude of the tax collector would serve us best: "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
Below are a few questions we can ask ourselves to strengthen us in our ministry to love Christ, the unborn, and every person we meet at the Rockford abortion mill.
1. Am I ever mean-spirited in the cause of "righteousness"?
2. Do I operate only by laws (like Pharisees) or by love (like Jesus)?
3. Do I trust God will end abortion in His way and in His time?
4. Do I encourage forgiveness, healing, and exorcism or discourage it (as the Pharisees attempted to stop Jesus)?
5. Am I humble, or pretentious?
6. Do I honor God with my lips while my heart is far away from Him?
7. Am I confident, patient, and persevering in prayer?
8. Do I strive to control my passions?
9. Am I grieved by sin, and am I grateful to God?
10. Do I love what God loves and hate what God hates?
Cleanse my lips, O Lord, that everything I say and everything I do be pleasing to you. Amen.