Sunday, May 31, 2009
What in the world is going on? Abortionist George Tiller was gunned down today in his church in Wichita, Kansas. Yes, he has stirred up a barrage of emotions for his apparent dedication to performing late-term abortions. Yet those of us who believe that life is precious cannot stop at George Tiller's life. As wretched as his behavior has been, going into a church and killing him is something I cannot begin to wrap my brain around. Though I find his actions despicable and sickening, killing the killer is not the answer. But are such acts inevitable?
Perhaps the assailant felt that since the law did not do its job in March when Tiller received no repercussions by the court for performing illegal late-term abortions, he/she would take matters into his/her own hands. The truth of the matter is that when the law does not do its job of protecting life, everything gets out of hand.
God has ordained life. As the song we used to sing in Sunday School says, "Jesus Loves the Little Children." Unfortunately, we live in a society now that does not necessarily feel the same way--or at least doesn't love the littlest of children the way Jesus does. We live in a society where a Senator who votes to end a baby's life, even outside the womb, can become President of the United States. We live in a time where a woman's choice is more important than a baby's right to life, and she is applauded for exercising that choice. And that, whether we want to admit it or not, cannot exist without great price. I want to be very, very careful not to over-spiritualize an act as horrendous as the one which occured today, but is it possible that what we see is a case of reaping what we have sown here in America? Each must bear his own sin, but I'm challenging us to look at the bigger picture. The truth is that when we are willing to sacrifice even one innocent life in favor of death, all lives are placed in jeopardy.
Lest I be misunderstood, I must again say that I am not--in any way, shape, or form--condoning the murderer's actions in this case. As much as I despise the act of little lives being snuffed out by abortion, which Tiller committed himself to, I cannot be silent when this man's life is brought to an end. All life is precious. What I am saying is we'd better get it together across the board. What will America, so providentially born, become? Will we be that place of "liberty and justice for all," or will we compromise in one area, making us vulnerable in every area? So much is on the line: The conscience of America, the soul of America, the very life of America is at stake. When we embrace a culture of death on one hand, it's impossible to close the door to it on the other hand.
My prayer is that we would cultivate a culture of life in every single way. We cannot have pockets of life, segments where life is sacred, and other areas where it is dispensable. All life must be valued and protected. And yes, that includes George Tiller. His loss of life is part of a bigger problem--one that needs serious fixing. If it continues uncorrected, we're all in trouble.