As Christians we struggle with the interplay of justice and hope of redemption. We struggle with the love of enemies and the requirements of justice. I do not believe it is poor judgment for people to fill time square and celebrate. I also believe it’s not poor judgment to be somber. Thousands have died in the War on Terror. It has been a costly war. President Bush said at the start that this would be a long and drawn our war spanning multiple presidents. Let’s pray that it can end soon. As we think of yesterday’s events I look forward to the new Heaven’s & Earth where Sin & death is abolished.
Posted thoughts on May 1st
On this day [May 1st] 66 years ago, Germany announced that Hitler was dead. Today, President Obama announces that Bin Laden is dead.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; Rom 13:4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
I’m saddened by loss of life, but comforted by justice served. There is evil in the world and ultimately it is a changed heart that is needed. Still, justice cannot be ignored- hence God ordains government. Life change must occur, so God ordained the church. And the message of the Gospel can be spread regardless of type of government or a political party in power or culture.
How I say that is the reality of Hell. I believe war & the death penalty are proper actions for a government to take (abuse of such not withstanding). My hope is for repentance, though reality is that will not always happen. The US Military served us well in bringing a terrorist to justice.
An evil man was… brought to justice. I’m comforted by that. Two crosses bore criminals. One repented and is in paradise. The other cross should sadden us even though justice was served. Ironically, Christ died to abolish sin & death.
President Bush said at the start that this would be a long and drawn our war spanning multiple presidents. Let’s pray that it can end soon.