September 11, 2001
My heart sank deep into my chest. Hatred rocked the world of this country and lives were torn apart by darkness. But God reigned. He sat on the throne, He held the tears, He gave comfort, He offered grace. He felt the pain of the loss of lives, not only in the disaster of buildings crashing, but in the loss of souls to an enemy far greater than any human leader of terror. He wasn't rejoicing then...and He isn't rejoicing today.
I have lost loved ones in the "War on Terror"...I have cried weeping sobs in the depths of my soul as my heart was broken to pieces over the need for men and women to die for my freedom. I have held pictures of a fallen soldier wrapped tightly in my arms as I begged God for His mercy on this world. I pray continuously for family members and friends fighting overseas in this gut-wrenching war. Yet, today, I hurt no less for that dear friend or any that were lost in 9/11 or the families who suffer daily missing their loved ones daily on my behalf. My heart still aches for all of them and I support wholeheartedly the mission to defend our nation. We have praise to offer that God has delivered our enemy into our hands...But, I cannot support the mockery and boasting that has gone on today.
"LOL, He burns in Hell, He got what He deserved, Justice has been served."? Christians, listen to yourselves. I cannot fathom those words enthusiastically coming off of the lips of someone that has accepted the suffering death of Jesus as He paid for us ALL. If justice had been served, we would ALL die and go to hell. Instead of thanking God today for a man getting what he deserved, I am thanking God that I don't have to...humbly remembering that Jesus took my punishment...it was He that got what we all deserved.
As I see photos of Bin Laden's body, beaten, broken, lying dead posted all over the internet with banners flying high rejoicing in laughter, my heart again sinks deep into my chest. Hatred and revenge has again prevailed. And though an enemy of our country in the flesh has died, the real enemy has gained a victory once again. Another lost soul is won to the pits of hell...and my God isn't rejoicing over that. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is hearing the cheers of Americans and reliving the crowd as they roared enthusiastically for His crucifixion...just as He did when He heard the chants of joy from Bin Laden's people on 9/11. And I believe that Christ is holding the wounds on His hands and feet with grave tears remembering His blood poured out on Redemption's Hill for yet another man who died before accepting His grace. Yes, Osama Bin Laden rejected Christ, but so do we when we celebrate with Satan a soul lost to hell.
God bless our soldiers, who follow in Christ's footsteps and lay down their lives for the freedom of others. May the stars and stripes wave strong and true... But, God be with us when we reject the example of His life in fulfillment of our own revenge and find peace and comfort in celebrating bloodshed.
The true victory in death is the death of our Saviour on Calvary's cross...May it not be in vain. Our battle is not with the flesh...perhaps we need to get our focus back on the war we are really fighting here. It isn't over. Thank God this man can no longer steal the innocent lives of others...Our God will serve justice, yes...but He does not rejoice in sending any soul to hell...He doesn't laugh at the sight of a man bleeding and beaten...and He doesn't chant and cheer because His wrath had to be dealt...no matter what the weight of the man's sin.
God have mercy on us.