Monday, June 01, 2009

Killing in the name of...

As a blog that often espouses Pro-life ideas I think it is important along with all the pro-life community to soundly condemn the murder of George Tiller. Tiller was a well-known abortionist who did late pregnancy abortions. He was shot yesterday in the foyer of his church.

Being pro-life means trusting that killing is not the right way to fix problems. Tiller had most certainly killed thousands of children, but stepping outside of justice and killing him is evil and inexcusable. Murder and mayhem for a good cause is still murder and mayhem. It is sad that many in our society believe violence is the path to goodness and peace (apparently even a few isolated pro-lifers).

It is encouraging to see the pro-life community as a whole condemn this violence. I hope that the understanding that even the killing of so bad a person as Tiller is wrong will lead the movement to oppose other such behavior such as capital punishment and unjust wars. I am still hopeful that someday our culture will find common ground on a Consistent Life Ethic that defends and respects all human life.


Anonymous said...

I agree that it is very dangerous for sinful men to take issues of justice into their own hands. It is, perhaps, safer for our mortal souls that we should leave justice to the state. I was thinking, in fact, that the Lord's original command regarding the death penalty was not given until after He instituted nations. But in checking I found that “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man” is found in Genesis 9, whereas the nations are not divided until Genesis 11. Still, one might argue that the nations, based on Romans 13, properly bear the responsibility for judging sin.

Nevertheless, Dr. Tiller's case was an excellent example of how poorly our nation is doing in its responsibilities under the Romans 13. God says that “rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” The fact that Dr. Tiller could kill 60,000 late-term fetuses and not be punished by the state is one more proof that we as a nation are far from God's standard as a people.

What concerns me most, however, is that in God's name God's people oppose the Word of God. To oppose the death penalty and wars, when God obviously approved of these as means to control sin and wickedness, is to put yourself in the position of judging God and finding Him morally lacking. It is to suggest that you are more sensitive to moral injustice than He. But in fact, it proves how morally corrupt we all are because we cannot see the and do not approve the justice of God.

~~ Anna Marie

PJ Thompson said...

Huh. that just reminds me of that song killin in the name of by Rage against the Machine... sorry to get a little off topic there!