Somehow when the end came for Dr. George “Mengle” Tiller the setting of his death was altogether appropriate. Tiller had spent his life serving as the high priest in the sanctuary of humanism for decades, bringing murder, death and torture to tens of thousands in his abortuary. In turn, when Tiller was murdered Sunday, God returned him the favor as Tiller was murdered as he stood in God’s house.
The irony shouldn’t be lost on us – it seems that even God operates with an eye for an eye ethic.
The first response we should have over the news of the Tiller murder is sympathy, quickly followed by joy.
We should have sympathy and compassion for any man who was as gladly captive to sin as Tiller was. We should have sympathy and compassion due to what might have been if this man had not rejected the good life that can only be found in Christ. We should have sympathy and compassion because each of us, except for the grace of God, could have easily spent our lives as George Tillers.
Every time I see a wicked man die, I feel a note of sympathy, compassion and pity.
George Tiller was made for better things then what George Tiller embraced, and the fact that he embraced the demons of unreality should cause all of us to be sympathetic.
But I also know joy.
Not the shallow type of joy but a deep resonating joy.
I feel joy that no longer will this wicked man slay the judicially innocent.
I feel joy because justice, albeit of a rough variety, was visited on someone who so thoroughly opposed a culture of life and who worked so assiduously to spread the culture of death.
I know joy because the truth of Scripture that those who take up the sword shall die by the sword is seen as authoritative. I know joy because I know that no longer will Dr. Tiller be sucking out the brains of people, or torturing people with saline or dismembering people in utero.
How could a sane person not feel joy at the death of a mass murderer and a terrorist?
Inevitably the questions arise as to how we should view the murderer of such a wicked murderer.
A few observations here,
1.) Vigilantism is justice as it is found on the black market. If the State will not use the sword to exercise just justice then the state should not be surprised when justice shows its face as vigilantism on the black market. People will only put up with the State using the sword to protect injustice for so long. Eventually, when the State will not use the sword properly the black market will use it improperly. Whoever the murderer of George Tiller is, the State should be charged as an accessory to the murder of George Tiller just as it was an accessory to all the murders that Tiller committed.
2.) I don’t know who the murderer is but I do know that you can’t kill the King’s policy by killing the King’s executioner. The King pays his executioners a handsome sum. For every George Tiller you kill five more will grow up to replace him in pursuit of all the money that can be made in the executioner business. Still, we must admit that if enough executioners find themselves “Tillered” it is going to make future executioner wannabees think long and hard about going into the executioner business.
3.) There are those who want to be outraged by this murderers act. I can’t bring myself to be outraged. Let’s pretend that instead of in uterine babies being murdered George Tiller was making a career out of the State sanctioned murder of five year old children, or even … let’s say … Jews. Would any of us be outraged and insist that it is not Christian to kill the killer of tens of thousands of five year olds or hundreds of thousands of Jews? I don’t think we would be. Does the fact that we are outraged by the murder of this murderer indicate that perhaps we really don’t see these in uterine victims as human ourselves anymore?
4.) Still, I am Reformed and Reformed people have consistently taught that we bear God’s judgments against us patiently until God raises up other magistrates that we might follow to throw off the yoke of oppression inflicted by the existing reigning magistrates. If each man took the law into his own hands, thus becoming vigilantes, anarchy and civil war would result and this would be a judgment against us even greater than the judgment of ethnocide that we are currently experiencing. If you doubt this visit Beirut.
5.) Scripture is full of examples of God raising up one wicked party to punish a second wicked party while still holding his instrument of punishment responsible for their wickedness. Assyria destroying wicked Israel doesn’t get a pass for its own wickedness. George Tiller spent a life sowing the wind and his life ended by reaping the whirlwind. The murderer of Tiller has now sown his own wind and he likewise shall reap his whirlwind.
If you’ve read this far and are thinking … “this sounds conflicted.” It is only because I am conflicted.
I hate abortion and abortionists.
While I am sympathetic for the reasons I stated above in the end I shed absolutely no tears over their demise.
I completely understand why a person would murder a murderer in order to defend the yet unborn. And yet, I can’t bring myself to justify such anarchy that would be let loose upon us as a people if each man began to do what is right in his own eyes in a frenzied fit of vigilantism.
We must bear God’s judgments against us until God raises up other magistrates to throw off the yoke of torture and murder of the unborn. We must pray that God would either grant repentance to the wicked or that he would hear the blood of the unborn crying out from the ground for justice and send the unborn lawful relief.
And perhaps in the end we need to tell ourselves that if the wicked desire to destroy their seed … then let them.
Again, thanks Bret as I borrow your words entirely.