How, as bible-believing, life-affirming Christians, might we respond to the recent shootings at the Colorado Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in such a way that builds bridges and presents the truth in love? Let me suggest a way to do this that I learned in seminary and have practiced for many years. It’s very simple:
To First-RespondersIt’s wonderful that you used your God-given authority and power to rescue those under threat of death by the gunman who entered Planned Parenthood on November 27, 2015. Thank you! We need people like you to protect us from death and danger, and appreciate your service very much. In fact, I wonder what it would look like for you to do what you do best in rescuing the unborn babies in danger of being killed daily at this very same clinic. I’m certain – and glad – that you’d spring into action to defend an adult, a teen, or a toddler from such a situation. What about doing so for an unborn child?
To Attorney General Loretta LynchI was so glad to hear you call the recent Planned Parenthood shooting (which, as you know, killed three people and wounded nine more) a "crime against women."1 I totally agree! We need more people like you who speak plainly about such things. It’s tragic that women were harmed in that deadly assault. As I think about your excellent assessment of that situation, I wonder how you’d describe what takes place every day at that same abortion clinic regarding women. Have you ever called the killing of an unborn woman – at this or at any other Colorado abortion clinic – a “crime against women”? To tear a woman limb from limb for money would certainly seem like such a crime, right? What about the moms and dads who undergo that procedure? I wonder if “a crime against women” fits their predicament, too? What do you think?
To Colorado Governor John HickenlooperI couldn’t agree more with your calling the recent shootings at Planned Parenthood "a tragedy that is beyond speech."2 Thank you for expressing what I, and surely many others, found horrific and unspeakable. In that same vein, since you so accurately described the shooting, I wonder how you’d describe the daily deaths of fragile, defenseless unborn men and women by abortion at that same clinic. Is there something about that which also merits your very appropriate assessment of the shooting incidents? What do you think?