Must I decide? how to feel about Osama Bin Laden’s death?

I think the answer to that question is YES. (although I would rather not decide)

I am a Christian. I want to be like my Lord Jesus Christ and follow His example, in my heart as well as in my actions. I am in a quandary:

I confess that my first reaction to the news of Bin Laden’s death was one of relief and, dare I say, happiness? But my heart was immediately convicted by the Holy Spirit not to rejoice at my enemy’s downfall. Now, of course, Bin Laden was not my personal enemy but, as an American, my loyalty is with my fellow countrymen and the thousands of those who died on 9/11/2001.

However, my loyalty to Christ takes second place to no other loyalty, not even country. Countries don’t last forever, but Christ is immortal and His rule will last forever.

I don’t for one second believe that Jesus would be celebrating the death of Bin Laden. When I read the scriptures I see Him resurrecting people from death, weeping at the tomb of Lazarus, and never repaying evil with evil, since there is no evil in Him. I can find no example in the scriptures of Him rejoicing at the death of an enemy.

I can rationalize by saying that Bin Laden was not a human being, but a monster; but that is provably false because we know that he has human DNA. So, scientifically, he is definitely human. Did God specify any exceptions for forgiving our fellow man? Did God say that we could hate certain people because of their behaviors? (I am thinking of Hitler, Mao, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, etc).  I have not found any exceptions in the scriptures nor in the teachings of the Church. So, I don’t believe that there are any exceptions to the rule of forgiveness. Therefore, I choose to forgive Osama Bin Laden. (This does not mean that I agree with what he has done)

But, can I just be angry with him?

I believe that there is an example of controlled anger in Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple; so, anger is not necessarily a sin because scripture is clear that Jesus did not sin in any way. I am not a biblical scholar or a theologian, but it seems to me that Jesus’ anger was fueled by love, not hate. He loved the worship of God and wanted nothing opposite of that to have a place in the Temple. It is difficult for me to distinguish “righteous anger” from “unrighteous anger”. So I am stuck on that one, for sure. I strive to quench my anger as best I can.

My study of the early Christians shows me that many were tortured, burned, sawed in two, dipped in boiling oil, fed to wild animals in the Roman Coliseum; mothers watched as their children were beheaded. And, yet, they forgave the ones who were doing these acts, just as Christ forgave the Roman soldiers who nailed Him to the cross. Am I required to do less?

There is no doubt in my mind that I must forgive everyone, no matter how vile or evil they have been. I also know that God does not require me to LIKE Bin Laden, but He does require me to treat Bin Laden with LOVE. That is really a tough one (and really requires some explanation in a separate post) but I have had some experience in this area and I am convinced that it is the BEST WAY to follow my Lord’s example at this time.

When Jesus came to earth and took on human flesh, He chose to allow injustices to happen to himself, even to the point of death on a cross; even though He could have destroyed his killers with one word. That was how he wanted it to be at His first coming; so that we could see how strong His love for us was, and is, and always will be, the pain and agony he endured in order to provide a way for us to be with him forever in glory. He could have called ten thousands of angels to kill his enemies. He held back his power for our sakes. That was what happened at his first coming. But, there will be a Second Coming in the future.

I am encouraged by my belief that He will return to earth one day; and that, when that day comes, He will be returning as a Conquering King, not as a babe in a manger. There will be complete and perfect justice wrought with His Second Coming. His righteous anger will mete out justice. I must wait for that day.

In the meantime, I, in my human frailty, feel happy that an enemy is gone, but I hold that happiness in check because I deserve death and hell no less than Bin Laden or Hitler, or any other evil person who has ever lived. I dare not consider myself more deserving of heaven or less deserving of hell. I am not responsible for the sins committed by any other person, only those committed by myself, and I am in need of God’s Mercy no less than Bin Laden.

And, please, dear friends, don’t try to convince me that I am “good”. I know me better than you, and, believe me when I say, “I deserve hell” but “thanks be to God, He has had mercy on me in my filthiness, and has offered to show me the way to heaven; it is only through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ that there is any hope for me.”

I am still somewhat in a quandary: my feelings do not line up with my beliefs. So, if I must choose, I choose to act in faith and not according to my feelings; for my feelings have many times in the past led me to the wrong place. They are not to be trusted. To end this quandary, I choose to disagree with my feelings, and to agree with my beliefs instead, even if I don’t FEEL GOOD about it.

I choose to forgive Osama Bin Laden. I refuse to hate him. I refuse to be angry about his actions. I choose that, if ever given the opportunity, I would treat him with the love of Christ even if he were to kill me. I don’t believe I have been given  a “pass” to hate this particular person.

So, that is where I stand. Where do you stand?


Christian or Muslim? Love Him or Hate Him?

This article is for my fellow Christians. Is Barack Obama a Muslim or a Christian? What does he say he is? He says that he is a Christian. Some of his actions seem to indicate otherwise – or do they?

Is his spirituality for any one of us to judge?(more on this later)

And is anyone justified in hating him? After all, many of us blame him for the mess our country is in presently. And we are concerned for our children’s future and safety in this volatile global situation. He has lied to us over and over again.

But, can we blame our woes as a nation on Obama? In my opinion he has contributed to our downward spiral but I don’t put all the blame on him. We are a corrupt and immoral people, calling good evil and evil good. We Christians need to quit blaming everybody else for our problems. The way to regain our integrity as a nation is through the power of prayer. If you complain about how evil our country is, let me ask you this: What are you doing about it? Do you proclaim how disgusted you are with immorality in this country? Well, many of us are disgusted with what we see on TV, in our schools, in our government, and yes, even in some of our churches. So, will talking about it, whining about it, or yelling about it on-line or in real life result in change for the better? I think not.

First thing, pray for forgiveness for all of us, yourself included. We are all guilty, some are guilty of engaging in immoral behavior, but all of us are guilty of neglecting to call on the mercy of God to restore holiness to our land. This has been our greatest failure as Christians. Prayer is of utmost importance. If you aren’t praying about it, you have no grounds for complaining about it.

As far as the first question goes: Is he Muslim or Christian? I must take him at his word. Only God has the ability to judge a man or woman’s heart. God has not given us that job. Besides, if Obama is Muslim, isn’t he free to practice his religion in this country? Isn’t that what America is all about? Isn’t Freedom of Religion guaranteed in our Constitution?

The Scriptures do tell us that we can judge a tree by its fruit. “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit”. “By their fruits you shall know them”. I believe the “fruit” spoken of in these passages refers to a person’s actions. On that count, I see lots of bad fruit, just my opinion. Others may see good fruit.

If someone were to examine my actions, what would they see in me; good fruit or bad fruit? I think they would see both. I know that God sees both in me.

So, what about you? Does your life and the thoughts of your heart stand up to God’s scrutiny?

As Christians, we should first examine our own hearts before we are able to help anyone else to cleanse their heart. Also, how could any of us even have any influence on our president? I, personally, don’t believe that it is my job to try to straighten him out. Lord knows, I barely can keep myself on the right path and  only with help from the prayers of other Christians will I endure to the end.

Many of my Christian friends on the internet send me emails and post articles on social networks (Facebook & Twitter) that mock or villify Obama; sometimes even expressing anger and hatred towards him.

Many want to punish him somehow. Is that OK with God? I don’t see that command in my Bible. What I see is the scriptures which say “Love your enemies & pray for them”. “Do not repay evil with evil or you will never get evil out of your house”. “Love those who persecute you”.

In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask God to “forgive us our sins as we forgive the sins of others”. So, if we don’t forgive, can we then expect to be forgiven? I don’t think so.

Our anger and hatred towards Obama is not pleasing to God. And, furthermore, there is more power in love than there is in hate. I choose not to hate Obama, admitting that I strongly disagree with many of his choices. I force myself to pray for him every time I pray. And I fight the anger that boils up in me because I don’t believe it is pleasing to God. I try to “flesh out” the scripture which says “do not repay evil with evil, but OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD”.

I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to go  before God and confess hatred and anger and mocking as sin. Ask God to give you the ability to act in love, even if you don’t feel like it. I do lots of things I don’t feel like doing, just because I am supposed to.

Please don’t add evil to the struggle in our country. Instead, let’s all overcome the evil we see by praying for our enemies and doing good to them every chance we get.

In saying all this, I am NOT saying that we should just accept the actions we believe are wrong. I am NOT saying just roll over and play dead! What I am saying is:

  • First, examine your own heart and actions. Then, use any legal and peaceful means to bring about change. There are avenues set up in this country to bring about justice. The system itself is not perfect for sure, but we must start there.
  • Educate yourself on what is actually in our Constitution. It is not a very long or difficult document to understand. If I can understand it, most anybody can. I am not an intellectual but the Constitution seems very straight-forward to me. You can get copies of it on-line or from your congressman.
  • Use your voice to make your friends and neighbors aware of what is going on.
  • Make phone calls to your representatives in Congress even though it may seem like a waste of effort at times. Send letters and emails.
  • Join with others to pray for our country. It only takes 2 people at the dining room table a few minutes to lift up our country in prayer. Ask your church to pray for our leaders and our country.
  • Join with others in peaceful rallies, not protests. Don’t carry hateful signs. In fact, just forget the signs, they only distract people.

We see the violence and hatred occurring at protests currently overseas and in our own country. In many countries, these are producing bloodshed and chaos. Is that the kind of “fruit” we want to see?

I propose that we conquer hatred with love if possible. Let us draw on our source of power and love, who is greater than any name in heaven or on earth, and who one day will return to right all wrongs and bring true justice to his people. His name is Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Pray for this young woman and her baby!

This young woman was given the wrong prescription. She is pregnant. The prescription was for an abortion pill. Watch the video here

Read the story here:

What do you think about this? Comments are welcome.


Gosh! I Should Post Something.

My last post was in Nov 2009! Oy!

I will come up with something soon. Instead of muttering to myself, I should post my far-right radical opinion on current events.

*It is therapeutic*

Dear God, I Beg You – Please Intervene in the House of Representatives Today

I am watching C-Span. It is out of order! The chair is asking for a simple statement of unanimous consent. Dems talking much about poor women.

RealClearPolitics – Video – Glenn Beck On 9/12: “Put The Country First”

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“America” An amazing video and song

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