Dr. George Tiller

1 Jun

Yesterday morning after serving as an usher in his church, Dr. George Tiller was shot to death.  Dr. Tiller was a very controversial doctor.  He was an abortion provider for decades and even performed the extremely controversial procedure of “late-term,” or “partial-birth” abortion.

Let me be clear about this: I am not a supporter of abortion. Let me be clear about something else: I am not a supporter of killing abortion providers.

I’ve seen some seriously ridiculous arguments on Facebook and on various blogs that I regularly read regarding the issue of abortion.  The arguments have ranged from talking about what “pro-life” really means, all the way to some people writing such ridiculous things like “he (Dr. Tiller) got what he deserved.”

This was the most thoughtful and reflective comment that I read all day and it was written by Aaron Monts, a church planter in SF:

“ironic: pro-lifers giddy about the murder of dr. george tiller. question: where’s the consistent ethic of life?”

Now we’re talking!  That cuts through some of the empty rhetoric that I hear from pro-lifers.  As well-intentioned as many pro-lifers may be, intentions are only intentions if they are not accompanied by actions.  Doesn’t it only make sense to claim to be pro-life if you are thoroughly pro-life?!

I have a hard time listening to someone claim to be pro-life while being pro-murder of abortion providers.  There is no justification for such an evil position.

I want to see a new generation of Christ Followers who actually follow Christ.  Wouldn’t that be refreshing?  I want to see pro-lifers actually be consistently pro-life.  And if we manage to do that, we’re going to live out a very costly Christianity…and here’s why:

If we believe that God wants to save babies from mom’s who want out of pregnancy and motherhood, and from abortion providers, then maybe God actually wants us to get our hands dirty in the process.  You know, actually put our money where our loud mouths are.

Maybe God wants us to be-friend and to actually love these scared mothers who have to make such frightening life or death decisions.  And maybe we can show these mothers tangible love by supporting them financially and emotionally or being willing to adopt their children.  Now that sounds like the kind of pro-life movement that God would support.

And that is the only kind of pro-life movement that I support, too.  One that has a loving and consistent ethic of life…all life.  May God give peace to Dr. Tiller’s family and may God break our hearts for what breaks His.

Peace,

Neil




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4 Responses to “Dr. George Tiller”

  1. Marco June 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    In Hosea 6:6 God makes it very clear:
    “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know Me”

    He doesn’t tell us to pick and choose who we should love. We must love everyone……no exception. The adage, “hate the sin not the sinner” is so true. Jesus spent more time with the sinner when He walked this earth. Why? LOVE!!! Nothing else must be said. That means “outside the box” approaches to ministering to others. Bringing an expectant mother into your home when she has nowhere else to turn. Offering to adopt an unwanted child and relying on the Lord to provide what the child will need. Actually praying for those in the abortion industry versus yelling obscenities at them as you picket their clinics. We love because He loved. It’s that simple. Amen

  2. Shelby June 2, 2009 at 6:18 am #

    AMEN! This paragraph:

    “If we believe that God wants to save babies from mom’s who want out of pregnancy and motherhood, and from abortion providers, then maybe God actually wants us to get our hands dirty in the process. You know, actually put our money where our loud mouths are.”

    is where so many of us fail and, in my very humble opinion, it’s the part where we need to focus the most!

  3. Jamey June 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    I like what you wrote:

    “Maybe God wants us to be-friend and to actually love these scared mothers who have to make such frightening life or death decisions. And maybe we can show these mothers tangible love by supporting them financially and emotionally or being willing to adopt their children. Now that sounds like the kind of pro-life movement that God would support.”

    I totally agree. Maybe if more people would get involved in the lives of those who are hurting and facing difficult situations we would see more lives saved and changed. Hatred and violence does not change anything. If all those christians who spend their time protesting outside these clinics took that passion and reached out to the mothers who were considering abortion and tried to help…what a difference that could make. In reality though…what mother would want to approach a christian for help when they see how some of them act in public over this issue.

    • neil schori June 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

      Jamey,

      You are soooo right on about that. Christians need to talk less and do more.

      Neil

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