Thursday, May 19, 2011

Torn

I am not a political savvy person. I don't really know the difference between democrats and republicans. I can't tell you what bills are being discussed or who the senators are. I don't watch the news or read the paper. If it isn't on the Yahoo News for the day, chances are I don't know about it.

But, I am not this guy....



...and I do know that the US got Bin Laden. Actually my husband and I watched the President do his speech about the whole shebang that late Sunday night. As a military wife I feel the need to be excited and glad that this has happened. Part of me is. Some of me is glad that the 2 deployments my husband has been on have a purpose. A piece of me knows that all the families who lost precious loved ones in the 9/11 attacks have a since of closure now. Deep down I know that he was doing horrible things and needed to be stopped.

What bothers me the most is that people are saying "justice was served".

What bothers me is that there were people in front of the White House jumping, shouting and cheering knowing that Bin Laden had been killed.

What bothers me is that people don't seem to care about other people.

As a believer you are called to love everyone. Not everyone except terrorists. Not everyone except child molesters. Not everyone except people who don't have the same beliefs as you. Everyone. I know it is hard to wrap your brain around that.... but if you are a believer you really must. I am not saying you have to love what Bin Laden did, I am just saying you are suppose to love him and be worried about his salvation. Because guess what... God gives justice, not us. Here is a thought....

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Matthew 7:1-5

To God, a sin... is a sin.... is a sin... is a SIN! So the person who gossips falls short in the same way as Bin Laden. We ALL fall short of the glory of God. Every single one of us. This may be tough for you to think about too but, if by chance Bin Laden was saved (obviously that is a very slim, slim, slim chance considering his life) then he has been forgiven for ALL of his sins. How would you feel to see him in heaven worshiping God with you someday? If you are a believer you should be joyful about that. A believer should want everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done, to know Jesus as their savior and have everlasting life.

I hope this is making at least a little bit of since because I feel like I am going around in circles! People who profess to be believers need to set a good example for those people who still have not found the Lord. If the lost people of this world see us reacting in different ways, we will stand out.... in a good way! Don't assume we brought Bin Laden to justice, know that God did. Don't celebrate a mans death if you are not certain that he knew the Lord, that is just not right. Don't hold unforgiveness in your heart.

I am a proud military wife, but when it comes to this I feel very torn. I am very proud of our military and the fact that they have accomplished what they set out to do. I hope someone out there gets something out of this. I feel better knowing that I have said it.... and considering it is my blog I don't really care otherwise. Please don't leave me crazy hate mail just because you don't agree with me on this. My blog... my opinions... try to remember that.


4 comments:

Beth Zimmerman said...

I'm with you on this one, Amy! My husband called me that day just to chat and I told him that everyone was celebrating and I just felt sad. He asked what was wrong with me and I tried to explain several of the same thoughts that you just mentioned. He understood my point of view even if he didn't entirely share it. I believe that God uses the military to achieve His purposes and He undoubtedly ordained the death of this wicked man. So maybe it's okay to celebrate the fulfillment of His will. But that's not what most people are celebrating. And when the celebration dies down they will realize that his death doesn't come close to easing the pain of loss. It just scratched the scab off the healing wound!

Heather said...

Rejoicing that a person whom God loved most likely didn't go to heaven discounts so much of what Christ did for us on the cross. None of us was worthy of it, but he died for ALL of us and ALL our sins. Not some of us and the "forgiveable" sins.

Jenn Earle said...

Yea girl completely agree. That night on Facebook I was appalled at the statuses people were posting. My status said something along the lines of this. I couldn't rejoice in the death of someone who did not know the Lord.

Rachel said...

So true! I stayed away from the whole thing because I was genuinely sad that this person had ever done the enemy's work, grieved for how many families were destroyed through his work, and also insanely proud of the courage of the military men and women who put themselves in danger to remove this threat.

Thankful that He loves us despite our sins.