Dr. George Tiller was no hero. He routinely took the life of unborn babies. Specifically, he was one of the few U.S. physicians who performed late term or partial birth abortions. Tiller was a part of what is perhaps the most shameful aspect of our present culture.
He was gunned down on Sunday while serving as a church usher. CNN is reporting that a man has been arrested in the slaying of the abortion doctor and will be arraigned later today. I am sure there are extremists who will argue that Tiller deserved to die. Some will say that his murder saved the lives of many children. But in my judgment, the murder of the abortion doctor was wrong. Life is sacred – yes, even his.
Christians are to respect the law of the land (Romans 13) and are to be good citizens. We have no authority to take vengeance into our own hands. God will avenge the innocent (Psalm 94:1, Romans 12:19). Those who seek to justify this act will find themselves on the proverbial slippery slope toward anarchy when every man chooses his own way (Judges 17:6).
Such an act unfairly taints every person who opposes abortion. We have opposed abortion in this space before and will continue to do so. This act however does not help.