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Justifiable Homicide?
Doctor's murder considered by some to be the lesser of two evils.

by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
June 7, 2009

Last Sunday, while serving as an usher at his home church in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. George Tiller was shot in cold blood. Period.

Oh, to have issues like murder be so black and white. But in the eyes of many, it is a lesser of two evils. After a week of pundits on both sides of the abortion issue sounding off, it's my turn.
Last Sunday, while serving as an usher at his home church in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. George Tiller was shot in cold blood. Period.
For most people on the side of legal abortions and with a favorable view of Roe v. Wade, Dr. Tiller was a hero. For people who believed that abortion is murder and should never be allowed, Dr. Tiller was a doctor who guilty of premeditated murder of a living child.
Earlier in the week, I put it this way on Facebook: "murder is not ever the appropriate response – even to abortion. Especially not in the House of God. Jesus said ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' Nothing here about murder that I can see."
To me, an individual's opinion about abortion is not the same issue as murder of an abortion doctor in cold blood.
Personally, I am pro-life. I am against abortion. I cannot understand the mentality of some who consider an abortion as a form of after-the-fact contraception. Especially 6 or 7 or 8 months after conception took place. I do understand the arguments given by those who favor a pro-choice position. I understand the opinion of "it's my body". I don't agree with it but I understand the logic. I understand the argument of "it's not a living breathing child yet". I don't buy it but I understand it.
But, I don't accept the position that this was justifiable homicide. I understand it but I don't accept it. I have heard this week one should or must die for the purpose of saving many hundreds, even thousands of children. I don't buy it but I understand it.
So for me, I must go back to scripture, as I do so many times when I do not understand something in this life. I try to understand the events of today in light of the writings in that holy book. And so I wondered, how would Jesus respond to this issue? Or to use the overused, WWJD, what would Jesus do? Would Jesus have looked at the doctor as someone who took the lives of children? Would Jesus have acted in a revengeful manner, remembering his own teachings recorded in Matthew chapter 25 of "when you do it to the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do it to me." Would Jesus taken the life of Dr. Tiller?
And what of Jesus' closest followers, the disciples. Would they have taken the life of Dr. Tiller? One must examine the response of the disciples when someone very precious to them was taken and murdered. What did the disciples do when Jesus was murdered? Did they get together, teach a philosophy of revenge, plot and scope out the every move of the chief priest or Pilate or King Herod, in preparation for taking the life of the guilty ones?
No, but that is what the pro-life community has done in part and Scott Roeder has followed through with this past Sunday. Many pro-lifers have had the attitude that one must die for the good of the many. Roeder did nothing more than what some secretly wanted to do for years. Take Dr. Tiller's life. Roeder scoped out Tiller, the "guilty one", by going to Reformation Lutheran Church over the last few months. He knew that Tiller would be ushering and he knew how the ushers did their job. He did his research and acted on what he had learned.
How many people in the pro-life community practiced what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 5, verse 44: "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"? How many members of the pro-life community that have incited violence against abortionist and their clinics, picketed their homes and threatened their families have spent any time in prayer for these they seem to despise? Few, if any, I would imagine ever prayed for Dr. Tiller in a compassionate way.
But, you might say, there is a time to pray and a time to act. Yes, that may be true but a true follower of God who loves little children and loves doctors doing horrible acts should act according to what would bring honor to the one God they claim to love and not shame and dishonor.
No, abortion harms many people every year and takes innocent life. It can and does destroy relationships with the woman's family, her partner and God. I sense that God weeps every time a young one is aborted.
I sense that God wept last Sunday as well. God wept for Scott Roeder because he did not understand Jesus' teachings of Matthew 5. God wept also for Dr. Tiller because he didn't understand Jesus' teaching of Matthew 25. God also wept for the families of these two men because this horrible act could push them farther away from the one who loves them the most.

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