As a Christian, I condemn what appears to be the murder of George Tiller at the morning services of his Lutheran Church. Obviously, like many Christians, I deplore Tiller’s practice of abortion. He was one of the few doctors left in the country who would still perform late term abortions. I have no doubt but that the partial birth abortions he performed are forms of killing innocent babies. However, he is now apparently the victim of a murder. The person or persons responsible should be tried, condemned, and executed for murder.
As for what this means in the abortion debate, I feel sure that Tiller will become a martyr for the cause of abortion; this is terribly unfortunate. The murderer almost certainly could not have been a Christian. As 1 John 3:15 says, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” I hope the murderer does not even profess to be a Christian because his actions are clearly unacceptable according to Scripture (see Romans 13:1ff and, of course, Ex 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill”).
Update: Excellent response from Dr. Mohler here.