17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21
Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed at his church this morning in Wichita, Kansas. (see article here) Dr. Tiller is infamous for his advocacy for late-term abortion and has run a clinic (one of only three in the US) where abortions are performed after the 21st week.
While I believe that abortion is a great evil that plagues our society, I go on record, here, stating that I abhor the cold-blooded slaughter of Dr. Tiller. Too little is known at this moment as to the identity of Dr. Tiller’s murderer or the reason for this act. Dr. Tiller has been a victim of violence in the past (see article) and his clinic is continually threatened with bombings. Dr. Tiller’s life was precious and should not have been taken from him in opposition to our laws. Such threats and actions are completely and utterly at odds with the pro-life message millions in America advocate. God has granted governments the right to “bear the sword” to bring punishment to wrong-doers. (see Romans 13) We may not take up that sword ourselves to enact vengeance. The scripture passages above are clear. “Do not repay evil for evil.” and Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
Such actions only serve to weaken the public image of those who peacefully demonstrate and protest the ongoing violence against unborn children and undermine our efforts.