Here’s my take on the George Tiller murder and Wiley Drake’s comment:
Dr. Tiller was an evil, evil man. I’m thinking that right now, he’s most likely in hell. However, I do not gloat about, or rejoice in, his death. Anyone who does so just doesn’t get it. Yes, he sowed death and he reaped death, but that is not a cause for celebration.
What Tiller’s murderer did was inexcusable. Yes, I do believe that the unborn are fully human, and therefore abortion is murder. However, we are not a nation of vigilantes, but a nation of laws. Romans 12:19 says: “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” I think that makes it clear that from the Christian perspective that vigilante justice (especially the fatal kind) has no place in the Christian life. (By the way, this is a completely separate concept from governments enforcing laws and punishing criminals. That is Scripturally justified.)
Also consider Ezekiel 18:23. “‘Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?’ declares the Sovereign LORD. ‘Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?’” Ezekiel 18:32 and 33:11 also echo this theme. God did not rejoice when Dr. George Tiller died. Why, then, should any of us? I understand where Wiley Drake is coming from when he rejoices in Tiller’s death, but I must strongly disagree with his sentiment. Yes, it is a natural reaction, but in light of Scripture, it is not an appropriate one.