Some thoughts on the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado…
While we don’t have all the details, we do know that three people died and many were injured. As a Christian I am deeply saddened by the deaths of the two civilians and police officer Garrett Swasey and I am also deeply concerned about those who were injured and terrorized inside the Planned Parenthood Clinic - both the patients and the employees. I want to encourage Christians to follow the teachings of our Lord and pray for ALL those involved in this tragedy. I know that we don’t know yet whether or not this was motivated by one claiming to be pro-life or a christian, or whether he was actually targeting Planned Parenthood or not, but either way our response should be the same. We should pray and we should speak out against the violence regardless of the perpetrator’s motivation.
And to all those who call themselves christians and yet have expressed that they are happy this happened to Planned Parenthood, or that they deserved it… All I have to say to you is… Do you know Jesus? Here are his words.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” — Matthew 5:44–45
If it turns out that the wack-job who did this claims to be either a christian or a pro-life supporter (or both) and that his violent acts were motivated by his political or religious beliefs, then we need to denounce it publicly. If that is the case I would encourage all christians and pro-lifers to let it be known publicly that we do not agree with, nor condone such acts of violence. Now I know you might say “But it is obvious we don’t condone such violence no matter what motivates it! We don’t need to come out publicly and say so!” It is true we probably don’t need to make a public statement every time someone commits and act of violence BUT when someone does it in our name or the name of our God we must speak out if for no other reason than to deter others who are considering doing the same.
If the perpetrator claims to be one of us it is imperative that we let people know that he most certainly isn’t one of us! We need to reiterate in the strongest of terms that we are committed to civil discourse and peaceful demonstration only in our efforts to try and stop the pro-choice agenda and that we harbor no ill-will to the people that might hold that point of view. And those of us who profess to be christians need to go one more step further and pray for those who are pro-choice out of love as they are human beings created in the image of God.
As followers of Christ we have the opportunity to love people and care for them regardless if we agree with their politics, lifestyle, or religion. That is the power of God’s grace in our lives. God is love and we have the power to love through Him.