Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

Osama, Terrorism and God

Today is a day of rejoicing here in the US with the recent news of the US military finally killing Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9-11 terrorist strikes in NYC.  There is a well-deserved attitude of thankfulness to our military troops serving our country and sacrificing to keep us safe.  Let me add my voice to the choir saying “thank you” to our military.  There is also a sense of relief, if not closure, for the families that lost loved ones as a result of that attack and all the military action that followed.  I am no expert in these areas, just another American citizen that watches the news.  I am a Christian American and therefore I do try to make sense of what is happening with a Biblical understanding.  As a result, a few thoughts run through my mind…

Although the death of the terrorist leader is “justice” for all Americans, I want to never forget that my God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  OK, so bin Laden rejected the truth of Jesus Christ a long time ago and his actions have definite consequences.  He most certainly understands that NOW! Thank God that we (born-again Christians) don’t receive “justice” but rather “mercy” from a loving heavenly Father who extends that mercy to all, without respect of persons and without checking national passports.

My mind and prayers also go out to the many, brave Christian missionaries that fearlessly take the gospel to difficult areas of the world.  Certainly there will be some sort of visible action / retaliation by the rest of the militant, radical, Muslim extremists.  Such violent actions are politically motivated, yet any American citizens living in areas of the world where these radicals have free reign could be the target of random vengeance.  Many of these servants of the Lord could be in more imminent danger today than yesterday.  I, for one, will be praying for them.

We live in “perilous times” according to the Bible in 2Timothy 3:1.  Don’t expect the demonstrated evil in this world to “die down” now that bin Laden is out of the picture.    The Bible also says in 2Timothy 3:12-13Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. This world is in a big mess.  The only answer is faith in Jesus Christ and eternal salvation from this “present evil world.”  (reference:  Galatians 1:4)  Our mission is a spiritual version of a “special forces” search and rescue team.  We are literally “behind enemy lines” (in this world) and looking to rescue as many as we can before the ultimate firestorm (God’s judgment) falls.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

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Jeff,

Your perspective is always crystal clear to me. Appreciate you!

Darryl

 
 

I want to “amen” your thoughts here, putting this in an eternal perspective. As Christians, we should always be “pro-life” when it comes to other human beings. We were all evil, condemned, and capable of the greatest atrocities that mankind could ever commit. Yet, we found grace. God’s is troubled EQUALLY for the death of U.S. military soldiers in the Middle East, and lives lost on 9/11, as for the deaths of civilians and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere because death was never part of his plan for mankind. Every human life lost is a reminder of the ravages of sin.

As Christians, we need to keep our eye on eternity, and the fact that it’s all about doing everything we can to make sure that God’s Eternal Kingdom is populated with as many worshippers of Christ, from every tribe and tongue.

 
 

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