This has certainly been an interesting week. The news of Osama Bin Laden’s demise brought mixed reactions across the globe. Of course, in USA there were celebrations and patriotic fervor growing around our great nation.
First, I am thankful that justice was served to bring some closure to those who lost loved ones in the horrific attacks on the WTC on 911. Just as Japan has rallied around those who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami, there is a parallel in this country. The United States seemed so unified after 911 because the tragedy was too great to be divisive. It is an amazing phenomena how tragedy brings people closer rather than divides them. Some cities in the south in the last couple of weeks were devastated by tornadoes, but there is a rallying cry from the survivors to work together to restore and rebuild. Unity is a powerful force. People can rally around a good cause or an evil cause. In the Book of John chapter 17:21, Jesus said that His prayer was that we all may be one. This call to unity was not for the entire world but for those who He had chosen out of the world.
“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world just as I am not of the world.” John 17:14
“Sanctify them through thy truth. Thy word is truth.” John 17:17
Here in the endtime the world is moving towards one way of thinking and a world view is emerging. The Lord’s church needs to be very careful not to succumb to the world’s point of view.
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” Genesis 11:1
In the 11th chapter of Genesis we see that the whole world had become as one. They had one language and thought as one people. The spirit of the world comprises the vast majority of earth inhabitants today and through the technological revolution communication around this platform is becoming more seamless. Jesus said His Kingdom was not of this world.
As I listened to the news concerning the raid on the compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan I wondered why there have been so many conflicting reports all week? First we were told that Osama Bin Laden was armed and used one of his wives as a human shield. Then the White House recanted that story and said that in effect Osama Bin Laden was not armed and met his death in a cowardly fashion. It was also reported that he had been living in this compound with multiple wives and 23 children for 5 to 6 years with no internet service or phone line. For a master strategist that is almost archaic. He did have TV at the compound and a courier who could take his home videos to the Al Jazeera.
I guess the thumb drives, hard drives and electronic equipment confiscated will answer many questions and, hopefully, strengthen our national security intelligence.
Questions, questions, questions???? My head was spinning with all the conflicting reports because I was wondering “what is the truth” in all of this?
Then I realized it was time to pray. It will be impossible to uncover truth in a world that is simply a different kingdom than the Kingdom of Heaven. Absolute truth is found only in the Word of God. The Lord wants us to know the truth because only truth can make us free. Thy word is truth.
I am thankful that our country sent a clear message throughout the world that if you are a terrorist who delights in maiming and murdering innocent people, we will track you down. I can rejoice in that.
Here is a quote from Martin Luther King: “Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
There was another King whose name was Solomon who became cynical in his latter years because he had lost his peace with God by multiple marriages and concubines. However, we can still glean something from his book of Ecclesiastes. In Ecc. 3:16 we read “And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment and wickedness was there and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.” In other words, it appears nothing is totally pure on this earth. The only thing that is holy before God is His blood bought Bride who is walking in love, obedience, and holiness. He sees beyond our imperfections.
Solomon goes on to say in Ecc. 7:14, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked for there is a time for every purpose and for every work.” This past week sealed Osama Bin Laden’s fate. Though he was supposedly buried at sea for the fish to devour, when the Lord Jesus returns to this earth in majesty and the resurrection occurs, some will awake to everlasting joy and others will awake to everlasting condemnation. “And many of them that sleep, in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to life and some to shame and contempt.” Daniel 12:2
Beloved, this is an evil day that we are living in, but those who have entered into the Kingdom of Heaven can rejoice in one thing and one thing alone – that we know our God, Jesus Christ our only True Lord and Savior.
What is truth? Thy word is truth.