3.5.11

Just My 2 Cents

How we react to things like this says a lot about our own humanity. I'm happy to live in a country where our elected leaders make statements that they received the news of Bin Laden's death with "sober satisfaction". That's a good way to look at it, in my mind. This isn't the ultimate end of anything. There will be more terrorism and more innocent lives lost as a result, just because you get one big player doesn't mean it's all over. As for all the tit for tat comments that have been happening, and the comments on "there were videos of them cheering on 9/11", I think it should be really clear by now that the videos of "them" cheering when 9/11 happened weren't videos of level headed, God-fearing, good-doing people, those videos were of people cheering who have a distorted and radical belief system, who delight in doing awful things in the name of God and under the banner of "religious freedom". I don't necessarily trust the sources of every video put on TV, so I dunno that I would judge all of Islam on those videos. But they will judge all of us based on our reactions. It's interesting that those of us with all the freedoms in the world, and all the knowledge that we have would put the bar so low for ourselves and accept that it's okay for us to behave that same way, it's borderline barbaric in my mind. And so that is my opinion and I thank God everyday that He is the ultimate judge and that I don't have to worry about deciding what happens to these misguided individuals. For me, I know I'll be judged on the contents of my heart, and if the Lord intends for my heart to be pure, then I'm not going to hold hate in it, and I won't be delighting in the death of another child of God.

7 comments:

The Staheli's said...

Love you cousin. I will not be cheering, but I honestly, with all my heart, believe God is just as happy as I am that he is no longer on this earth causing harm to His children.
It seems you will be better off in the judgment seat...

Steve and Alli said...

Jess I honestly don't think you should be taking everyone's opinions as a judgement against you personally. In fact i posted this before I ever saw your comment on facebook. I'm relieved that the man is dead, but I'm not going to conduct myself in a way that contradicts what I've been taught through scripture and the righteous examples of others. I have to hold myself to the standard that I believe has been set for me individually, and in turn I can appreciate where you're coming from. We don't have to agree, but I really hope you don't think I have some weird complex that I am going to fare better-off at the judgement bar than anyone else because of that. I know He judges us individually because we are all so different and only He has the ability to do that.

Dana said...

Very well said. I'm glad you have the talent to put it into words.

The Staheli's said...

Yes. We can agree to disagree. :)

doyles said...

i thought the exact same things. good to know i wasn't alone!

Carmen said...

I wasn't dancing around for joy when I heard the news, my mind was more turned to the many many many people whose lives were ended or forever changed by this man and the movement he led. It will not end with his death, but it is still a battle won (not the war)for the good guys. I do think that Satan had more of his work furthered by this man than we can even imagine. I am glad you have the opinion that you do and are willing to share it, but I completely understand where those people who are rejoicing are coming from and why they are doing it and I think it's ok for each of us to respond in our own ways. I also don't think that people rejoicing the death of one man by dancing and cheering in the streets after 10 years of searching for that man is the same thing or puts them on the same level as groups of people cheering in the streets for thousands of innocent people dying as they arrived to work, or sat at their desks, or tried to save those people who were already in trouble. There is a difference in rejoicing the end of an evil empire and rejoicing in the death of innocence. But again, I am glad you shared and I understand where both sides are coming from. I think we can all just be grateful and respond in the way we decide is appropriate for us.

Carmen said...

Oh, and BTW, I am very glad this happened during my FB break. haha!