The Legacy of Abortion Related Violence Continues
The staff and friends of the Creation Studies Institute were both shocked and saddened by this last act of anti-abortion violence perpetrated against George Tiller, MD. Dr. Tiller had survived a previous murder attempt in 1993 that left him wounded in both arms. This time his executioner, Scott Roeder succeeded where the previous assassin failed. His abortion clinic was the target of a bombing in 1991. Dr. Tiller was not the first to be singled out for extreme violence. Previously another abortion provider was murdered. Dr. David Gunn was shot and killed on March 10, 1993 by Michael Frederick Griffin. Griffin is currently serving a life sentence and if convicted, Scott Roeder will most likely get the same sentence.
I have been a Christian for over 30 years. I have observed the Pro-life movement at its best, offering counseling, support and real alternatives to women who find themselves pregnant, frightened and uncertain of what to do. I have seen the Pro-life movement at its worst, screaming ugly hateful messages at women attempting to end an unwanted pregnancy.
There can be no doubt that passions run high on both sides of this issue. There can also be no doubt that babies are being killed in the womb and occasionally outside of the womb, as is the case in partial birth abortion. We who believe God’s Word is our ultimate guide should take very seriously the commandment of the Messiah to love our enemies and pray for them. I do not believe that two wrongs can make a right. We are either committed to the Lord of life, who loves everyone and calls all to repentance and new life or we are hypocrites. We can defend the defenseless without stooping to methods of violence. Violence that continues the legacy of death because murdering life in the womb or out of the womb is wrong. We can love the sinner and hate the sin.
So what should those who are committed to the creation message do? What should our attitude be? Are we going to wring our hands and outwardly feign sorrow and disgust at this violence while quietly winking to one another as if to condone the actions of murderers? Does being righteously indignant justify the violence perpetrated against abortion clinics and the doctors who perform abortions? I may be hitting some nerves with this, but we should speak the truth in love, even if it makes us uncomfortable. Vengeance is Mine, says the Lord, I will repay. Are we who have been saved by God’s grace going to sit in judgment of others? Are we going to condone violence against those with whom we disagree, even those who take the life of the unborn?
The creation message is one of life. From the opening verses in Genesis, God creates life and commands all living organisms to “be fruitful and multiply.” The first prohibition against murder is found following the first act of murder as Cain murdered Abel. Here God prevented others from taking Cain’s life, Gen. 4:15. After the Flood, God gave Noah instructions that included a prohibition against murder, Gen. 9:6. All of this predates the Mosaic Covenant where acts of murder were also prohibited, Ex. 20:13 even specifying a difference between intentional and involuntary manslaughter, Ex. 21:14. How can those who have been born of God’s Holy Spirit fail to honor life?
Remember to pray for the family of Dr. Tiller. Pray for all who are still involved in the Pro-choice movement. Pray for the fathers and mothers who have already taken the softer, easier way out by getting an abortion. And finally, pray that the Lord of life would change the hearts and minds of those who do not yet have eyes that see and ears that hear.
Submitted by: Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.(c)