With the murder of Dr. Tiller on Sunday I have become saddened at the reaction that many Christians and pro-life supporters have had to his death. If you are not familiar with the story you can read about it here.
Let me first of all state that I believe that abortion is wrong. I believe that it is something that we who are Americans and Christ followers need to change in our country. And I feel that the best way to do that is by changing the hearts of people more so than through legislation. I also believe that the issue of pro-life needs to go beyond just abortion and into other areas of life as well. You can read my thoughts on that here.
Back to Dr. Tiller… I have seen Christians call him a maggot and many of them say that they do not grieve the loss of his life at all. I just don’t get that. I believe that the loss of any human life, which is a creation of God made in His very image, is a very sad day and something to be mourned. I was sad on the day that Saddam Hussein was executed for his crimes, because he was a person made in the image of God and I believe even God grieved about it. I believe the same thing about Dr. Tiller. I think God is up in heaven grieving the loss of one of His creations. Why someone would find joy in something like that is beyond me.
When I was in Bible college our class voted for our verse to be Micah 6:8. And all these years later it still rings true for me and I believe how we as Christ followers are supposed to act in situations like this.
He has shown all you people what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
There are three things that we need to get right. We need to act with justice. We need to love (and show) mercy. Finally, we need to walk with humility. I believe it can all be summed up into one simple phrase….
I have said it before and will say it again, if there is one thing that we as Christ followers need to get right it is love. Love God and love others.