I don't set out to be provocative or controversial, but sometimes when I read things that really challenge me to think differently, I like to pass them on.
I have been struggling with the appropriate response to the assassination of Usama Bin Laden. I remember September 11, 2001 very well. I mourned the loss of lives (and life as we knew it) in the days/weeks/months following the horrific acts of terrorism that day. I breathed a sigh of relief that the elusive Bin Laden had been found--and that 'justice' had been done. Yet, something about seeing Americans celebrating in the streets and rejoicing all over facebook and twitter about the death of a human being (and what his probable afterlife would look like) did not sit well with me. I cannot imagine Jesus relishing in the assassination of anyone--regardless of what they had done.
I sincerely hope I am not misunderstood as being unpatriotic or un-American. That is absolutely not the case. We can be exceedingly appreciative of our brave servicemen and women and the great sacrifice they make in the defense of liberty without delighting in death, can't we?
As I was processing all of this, I came across this post, from a blog that I had never read before. It is a very interesting and challenging read...meaty food for thought.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
May we never forget to "take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ"--being a Christ-follower often requires stepping away from 'the crowd' of public opinion and listening for His heart instead.