From a Presbyterian pastor's sermon about the murder of Dr George Tiller.
Last Sunday morning while we were gathered in worship a gunman entered a Lutheran (ELCA) church in Wichita, Kansas and shot to death the nation’s most famous abortionist, a man whose specialty had long been the dismemberment of late-second and third trimester infants, while he was serving as an usher.
A notorious murderer met what is certain to become a notorious end. By the goodness of God the witness of the Church was not entirely silenced in Dr. Tiller’s life. He had been excommunicated by his previous congregation, a church of the Missouri Synod Lutheran denomination. And so the judgment of God had been declared; not every watchman was silent, not every shepherd proved a hireling.
But the point was reached where a man despaired of change through government and took matters into his own hand. I do not view the actions of Dr. Tiller’s killer as defensible, but not for many of the easy and often self-serving reasons advanced with alarm and indignation even by many Christians in recent days.
Nor do I believe that Dr. Tiller’s killer necessarily acted inappropriately as self-appointed judge, jury and executioner.
Hmmm, not defensible but not necessarily inappropriate.
*** Updated after thinking about it some more ***
It's interesting how some can not only feel less outrage, but are pretty much okay with the death of someone they can make a moral case against. A doctor who performs abortions is shot to death and a criminal in jail dies from multiple taser shocks. How many think, "That's a shame, but they probably got what they deserved."
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