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 [2006]).  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.

Adam

 

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.

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~ by xristosdomini on June 2, 2009.

6 Responses to “The king is dead… Long live the King.”

  1. RE: “we are where we are and we cannot change it.”

    That is not true. Killing people is not what Christ would want us doing, and we must speak out all the more clearly to that effect. Somehow the message is getting out that it is ok to kill in the name of Jesus, and this is a terrible message to send out.

    Yes, Tiller is a martyr now, and I do know that NOW and Planned Parenthood are galvanizing people to have speech such as “abortion is murder” categorized as the speech of terrorists, prosecutable under the Patriot Act. This is a disastrous thing.

    But – by fostering the idea that it’s ok to shoot people in the name of Jesus, we have no one to blame but ourselves for this pickle we now find ourselves in. But this problem can be solved, and hopefully not too many Christians will be seized by the Department of Homeland Security and sent to jail until THEY choose when to let us go, just on account of their speech.

    I am sure you will not agree with me, but I felt moved to speak this out loud and get the idea out there, clearly and directly.

  2. I think you misunderstand my sentiment. I am not saying that it is okay to kill people in the name of Christ. I fully agree with you on this point…

    What I am actually saying here is that someone has killed George Tiller and it is being pinned on the anti-abortion crowd. We cannot change the fact that George Tiller was murdered and we cannot change the attempt to blame the abortion activists. That is my point. Had Tiller been tried through the Judiciary and found guilty as a murderer, then his execution would be justice… unfortunately for us all, someone decided to play vigilante and now his slaying is rightly labled murder.

    As for the DHS… they will be involved in suppressing Christians eventually (think eschatological). Thankfully, today is not that day.

  3. Ann Coulter’s column this week (http://www.anncoulter.com) called “49 million against 5” expands on the problem of pro-life people being blamed for Tiller’s murder. Worth a read, IMHO.

    I don’t have any theology to go with the idea that God somehow works His judgements through murderors, or even that Dr. Tiller’s murder was any kind of a divine judgement against him. Satan is described as a killer, a devouring scavanging roaring lion and Satan has never loved Dr. Tiller for any evil act he did. I don’t think people please Satan by doing evil – but rather the evil that people do contributes hopelessly to Satan’s realm while they wait to be devoured for their troubles. God comforts and keeps His servants, whom He sometimes permits to be martyred; Satan’s servants labor in vain while waiting their certain turn in his salad bar.

    No one sane I know in the pro-life movement would assassinate Dr. Tiller, or anyone else involved with abortion – it is not the Christian way. Certainly people get killed by other people on earth all the time, for any reason and no reason, it’s what happens next for Dr. Tiller that is dominating his existence now.

    Dr. Tiller only earned what we all earn by sinning, so when we pro-life Christians observe that Dr. Tiller sowed, and reaped, we are applying a principle that we all live by, and seeking a glory we all fall short of, but for Jesus.

    It’s easy to point to scripture suggesting God’s love for and involvment in human procreation, and the fearfulness and wonderfulness of the manufacture of each person (Ps 139, for example) Then there is Matt 18:6,10, where Jesus admonishes His disciples about the privileged access to God that children are afforded. If one child is permitted to be born because it’s suddenly less inconvenient than to have an abortion, it is not wrong for pro-life Christians to rejoice. Surely an angel who continually sees God’s face is also rejoicing at a timely deliverance.

  4. A very good thought, so I will preface my opinion with a humongous qualifier.

    After a deeply thought-provoking discussion with three of my closest friends about this topic, I have come to a singular conclusion… There are too many hypotheticals and possibilities for me to positively declare George Tiller’s murder as an act of divine judgement or not. If nothing else, this makes me realize how smart and how good of a leader God really is. As far as interpersonal relationships go, this is pretty straight forward, and yet it is too cloudy for me to make an accurate judgment. Thankfully, God doesn’t have that handicap.

    Now to my thoughts:
    As for the theology for God judging through murderers, Habakkuk had the exact same problem with the Babylonian invasion (Hab 1, 2). We see God using Persia (a wicked empire) to judge Babylon (another wicked empire) and on down the list.
    The clearest example of something like this happening is actually in the Assyrian empire in the days of Hezekiah. The king of Assyria comes up to war with Israel and God turns him back with a word through the prophet of the day (I think it was Isaiah) that he would be struck down for his mockery of God. The king of Assyria gets turned back, and is then assassinated in the temple of the local idol. Was that act a judgment against the king or not? My feeling is yes.

    As much as I agree that Satan has no love for those that do his bidding, I also know that Satan is not without wit either. That being said, it makes no sense for Satan to have inspired the murder of a man who originated and inspired so much wickedness. If Satan’s main MO is to pull people away from God and away from a righteous lifestyle, Tiller was one of the MVP’s. I agree with sowing and reaping, but I don’t think that God is that Laissez-Faire about those who sin… call it my lack of faith in God’s operating by conservative principles.

    As for your last paragraph/thought; I don’t think you meant it this way, but I disagree with any notion that Christians should be rejoicing over the passing of George Tiller. His murder was tragic and represents the closing of the door on a huge potential. If this is how God chose to close Tiller’s clinic, then the proper response is fear and trembling due to God’s sovereignty and severity rather than joviality. The time for celebrating the demise of the evil will come… but as for now I think it would be more fitting and biblical to mourn with those who mourn. God is more than able to make a point, and He seems to have no difficulty making those points through broken and fallen human beings; however you decide to view the mechanics thereof.

  5. No pro-life person I know would rejoice over Dr. Tiller’s murder.

    It’s not wrong for pro-life people to rejoice that a child, who would have been aborted if it was convenient, now has a second chance to be born. It’s like mourning the flood, and rejoicing for the rainbow – Two different things that only the evil or lazy in the anti-life crowd would conflate.

  6. I think part of what is holding me back is that the passing of Tiller doesn’t necessarily equal those babies slated to be executed are now going to be born, but more likely that they will be aborted by a different doctor in a different city. Without a doubt, some of those selected for a late-term abortion are going to be born due to the lack of expeidiency in getting an appointment elsewhere, but I just don’t see a massive dent being made in the abortion rate because Tiller is gone. I think that in the demonization of that man by the evangelicals, he became thought of as the biggest monster in the castle, but he wasn’t really… he was only the most obvious.

    I’ll save the rejoicing for when abortion is actually ended.

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