Monday, May 2, 2011

Tempered Joy

Today I find myself with mixed emotions.

With the news of Osama Bin Laden's death, I am glad that one threat to the safety and peace of America and her citizens is gone. Unfortunately hate spreads like a cancer and there are certainly others that will continue to plot against us. Thankfully, those who have pledged to protect us and the Constitution know this and will continue to be vigilant.

I am proud of our military who was relentless in their search and dedication to bring justice to the many who suffered and died as the result of Osama's terrorist attacks against the USA. To the military who has, does, and will protect us and our freedoms I say, "Thank you."

I smiled (BIG) at the facebook post: "May 1st, the day Osama found out that the story of the 72 virgins waiting for him was bunk" -news report. Fun and clever.

The bigger truth is that a man entered eternity without Christ. Ezekiel 18:32 says, "For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!" God's heart desire is that every person would turn from evil and be reconciled to Him. God has made himself a way for all and any who would choose to embrace that gift of forgiveness and life and He leaves that choice of whether to accept or reject Jesus' payment to us. As Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

Osama Bin Laden made his choices. Justice was carried out.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." - Jesus (John 3:16-18)

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