The news is buzzing, everywhere you look, it's no longer the royal wedding, but the end of a long hunt for one man who embodied evil. Many blogs, twitter and facebook statuses are discussing it, and I am left feeling discontent. You see, once again I am finding myself in battle of flesh vs. spirit. My flesh cries out, "Justice! You should have killed him twice!" Yet, my Spirit cries out, "A lost soul believing a lie of evil who will be lost for an eternity."
Let me speak plainly, I do not like nor agree with many posts by those who call themselves believers. Sin is sin is sin, and Jesus died on the cross for all of sin, all of humanity, and to offer forgiveness to even the worst of sinners.
The man our armed forces have worked so hard to find acted out of evil hatred, that I know. This man orchestrated events that killed many, have left many with scars that run deep and are far beneath the skin's surface. Dreams are haunted and lives changed because of what he did. There are consequences for every action in life, and he received the consequences set forth my our military. I commend them for every sacrifice they made to carry out this mission. However, I will not dance in the streets and shout from the rooftops that I am glad he has died. I know that he had many who followed him, that someone has been groomed to step up and lead this group.
One has perished, yet evil is not vanquished from our land. As long as man has free will, evil will be in our midst. Where one has led with an evil hand, he has trained others to do so as well. Until the day of Christ's return, good and evil will be in constant battle.
There are a few quotes that have caught my eye recently, and I would like to share them with you:
For me, it's important to differentiate between celebrating a man's death & celebrating an end to his tyranny. -@Josh CoxWhat I have been noticing is the Spirit's whisper, "See your own sin." We have the great tendency to rate and qualify sin and our inadequacies. Yet Jesus, oh precious Jesus, offers forgiveness for all sinners. Two men hung on crosses beside him, one would reject him, the other asked forgiveness. The very end, facing the consequences put forth in their land for his actions, and Jesus still forgave. And I understand the intense emotions individuals are facing, I find Steve Berger's words to be true, "Watch your heart and tongue Christian."
Remember Beloved, God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Ezekiel 18:23. -@Steve Berger
Harsh, godless responses to OBL's death are easy, not appropriate, natural, not spiritual. Watch your heart and tongue Christian. -@Steve Berger (visit Pastor Steve Berger's blog here)
Whether I kill a person with words or with sword, I have sinned. Whether I choose to use the free will given to me to encourage and build up others or tear them down and tear them apart still has me in need of God's grace, and mercy, and love.
Romans 3:23 - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
1 Timothy 1:14-16 - The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
My purpose, and prayer, in writing this is not to start a debate. In fact, I am not writing to change the mind's of others. I am simply sharing my heart and my thoughts on our world and its current events. May God be glorified in our actions, our speech, and with every breath we take.