It’s a sad story.
Late-term abortionist George Tiller was gunned down and killed at his church on Sunday.
It shouldn’t have happened.
But what’s a Christian to think about such an event? We fight for saving the lives of those George Tiller killed: the unborn. Now he will kill them no more. How should we be feeling? Should we put that all aside and pretend he was a normal guy?
No, Christian, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that he was a baby-killer and feign outrage because you sense that if you don’t, the pro-life movement will be doomed (although you’d be right, it would be doomed if we weren’t truly outraged).
Christians should be outraged, for many reasons. And we shouldn’t ignore any of the outrageous parts of this story.
Here’s a look at how things should have gone, or put another way, things to be (rightly) outraged about:
1) George Tiller should have been forced to stop practicing abortion, or killing babies, long ago, by the gov’t., whose primary job it is to protect and defend the people (especially the littlest and weakest ones) of our country.
2) If George Tiller had refused the gov’t’s demands and continued to kill innocent human life, he should have been put in prison or even faced capital punishment, where the law deemed that the correct course.
If that had been done, hundreds (thousands?) of babies would then have been spared his murdering, profit-hungry hand.
3) A Kansas man should not have taken the law into his own hands in order to try and right this unspeakable wrong. George Tiller was a law-abiding citizen, even though I believe he was a murderer. And Tiller’s wrongs have not been righted by the Kansas man’s murderous act.
The wrong has simply been added to.
It is a sad story indeed.
So, Christian, don’t pretend that because George Tiller was murdered that he was not a murderer himself. And don’t think for one second his being a murderer in anyway justifies or mitigates his own unjust death.
His was a death wrought by a murderer apart from law or sanction. Laws matter. Laws matter to Christians. We obey the law. There is only one thing that would keep a Christian from obeying the law and that would be a law that would keep us from our worship of the Lord.
We are not there yet, by God’s grace.
We walk a fine line, Christian pro-lifer. We must cling to all we know of Christ. We must do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.
We must heartily condemn the murdering of George Tiller, even while we acknowledge his murderous ways and pray that those like him will become outlawed in our land.
Extremely well-written!! Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Jesus taught us to fight evil with spiritual weapons, not earthly weapons. He told Peter to put away his sword.
We are to lay down our lives, even for the ungodly, not taking their lives and thus sending them into eternity without the Lord.
Instead of killing abortionists, we should be praying, as Jesus did, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
And we should be more persistent in putting peaceful pressure on our leaders to stop abortion.
Remember Red Envelope Day? There should be tens of thousands of letters of protest arriving at the White House, Senate and House every day, not just one day a year–so many that the mail handlers can’t handle them–so many e-mails that the computers can’t handle them.
We should start now saying something every day so that people can’t forget that while politicians publicly bring before the world the plight of some alleged terrorists who suffered harsh interrogation, millions of children have been tortured and killed under the tragic proposal that this is a woman’s right. Tortured and killed instead of gently held, cared for and protected.
And right on Chris.