Reflections on the death of Osama…

In the span of a week and half this nation celebrated the deaths of two men

  • Both grew up in humble circumstances
  • Both were men of deep conviction
  • Both were from foreign places
  • Both men’s deaths caused great joy for those who wanted them dead
  • Both men lead very different lives
  • One taught love and lived this passionately
  • The other taught militant devotion to war against anyone who held opposing viewpoints
  • One welcomed outsiders, strangers, outcasts, the lost, the desperate, the downtrodden and the down and out
  • The other was only looking for other’s to carry out his orders
  • Both offer to ways to live
    • The way of love
    • The way of violence, and oppression

As I consider the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, I am reminded of a couple of things:

  • The we live in world broken by sin
  • That acts of terror are evidence of the brokenness present since the Fall (Gen 4, ever since Cain killed his brother Abel)
  • That many people are hurting
  • Fear is no way to live
  • That 9/11 changed the American psyche
  • Leaders of terror cells, are followed by other leaders, again evidence of the repetitive and destructive forces of sin in our world
  • That this world in its brokenness is not our final home
  • Our ultimate hope cannot be in the size of military, “Isaiah 31:1, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do notlook to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.”
    • 1 Samuel 17:47, “…it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, …”
    • I am reminded that the Lord is active and present in the world to redeem it, restoring us and the creation to what he intended
      • Numbers 6:24-27
        • His word, his look, and his work are evidence of his continued presence and work in the world
        • I am reminded even more of the importance of prayer
          • Praying for the reign of God to fully come
          • Prayer for our soldiers, our govt, our leaders, and even our enemies
          • Paul reminds us in 1 Thess 5:17 to pray without ceasing

Two Sundays ago we gathered on Easter Sunday, as did many others that day as a reminder, once again at just how far God has gone to rescue us, to demonstrate his love for us

We must not forget that for every Friday in our world, when it appears that evil reigns, that Sunday is right around the corner

  • The church gathers weekly to remember the death of the Son of God who was crucified, buried and resurrected
  • The church is a place of love, forgiveness, and hope called to emulate that same love to the world we live in

Let us consider a couple of Scriptures :

  • 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
  •  22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
  •  23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” ( 1 Peter 2:21-24)

The kingdom of God is the inbreaking of the rule of God into our world

  • Jesus came preaching that Kingdom of God had arrived (Mark 1:13-14)
  • Living in the kingdom of God demands that our lives look different, that we think differently, and that we respond and speak differently than those who live in the world
  • Revenge is not the way of the Master
    • Romans 12:17-21
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About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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