The king is dead… Long live the King.
As many of you have heard (provided you aren’t living under a rock) a man was shot in church on Sunday. That man’s name was George Tiller of Wichita, KS. There has been a lot of hoopla about what happened, what does it mean, and how the heck do we move foreward after it? As always, I do not pretend to have all the answers (or even a couple, for that matter)… but since this is my blog, I feel inclined to share my thoughts anyway.
Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America. — the Life Prayer
The first thing I want to scream from the rooftops is that the murder of George Tiller is in no way God’s answer to the 22-word Life Prayer that is beginning to make its way around in Charismatic circles. By no stretch of the imagination is the assassination of an abortionist God vindicating 4400 unborn children who were aborted in the last 24 hours, let alone the 50 million since 1973. For any who might like to take up the topic on this blog, this author in no uncertain terms declares that the murder of George Tiller was a grave injustice and the murderer should be punished for their actions.
That being said, I do believe that George Tiller’s murder was a resounding statement of God’s feelings towards Tiller’s occupation. As much as it pains me to say, a man who lays the bricks of his house with the blood of the unborn will not long survive the wrath of God. Just as God judged the Israelites by the hands of the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians, God has passed a sentence on one George Tiller by the hands of a murderer.
This is not to negate the injustice that his murder was. God’s idea of Justice is that the wrong things are made right. As much as I think Tiller was a despicable and evil human being, God loved him. Had there been justice, Tiller would have repented of his works and become an outspoken member of the pro-life community. Though I doubt many would have had this reaction, I would have welcomed him with an open heart. Had we seen justice, Tiller would be alive, his clinic shut down, and a trumpet would have been blown as to the evil that is Abortion. However, the outcome is that Tiller is dead, his clinic (while shut down) has been enshrined in his honor, and the entire anti-abortion movement is having to run for cover due to the force of his martyrdom.
Make no mistake about it… George Tiller is a martyr.
Even worse, we who, in America, have no idea about A) what real martyrdom is or B) what it’s effect is, are about to recieve an education about the power of martyrdom.
To those who may admire the person who shot George Tiller– for any reason– I ask you this: At what price have you obtained a singular victory? I keep thinking back to the first James Bond film starring Daniel Craig (Casino Royale ). In that film there is a chase scene where Bond is trying to catch a bomb maker in Africa, and after a long series of events executes said bomb maker. When “M” confronts him on it later he says “I thought the world wouldn’t be the worse off with one less bomb maker”. Said M, “‘One bomb maker’? The problem with a blunt instrument is that they do not think beyond the current crisis.”
Yes, George Tiller is dead. But for the sake of a single Abortionist, the entire pro-life movement is set back 40 years. Gone is the idea that the pro-lifers are peaceful idealists. Gone is the respectability that we are not murderers. If anything, for the sake of a murderer we have been counted as murderers. Had this been a legal proceeding where Tiller had been tried, found guilty and executed… it would be different. But all of that is moot, for we are where we are and we cannot change it.
So what is the answer? The answer is the same as it has always been… pray.
May God have mercy on this nation, forgive us of our sins, and send the revival that we so desperately need. In a land where men like Tiller are idolized for their bravery and committment, may we see the Son of Righteousness and find forgiveness at his feet.