Published on Friday, May 13 2011 06:55
Written by John Stallings
I thank Dr. Steve Lambert at Spirit Life Magazine www.spiritlifemag.com for permission to post this most insightful and helpful article by John Stallings.
Someone recently said,
“I see Americans cheering the unnatural death of someone whom God loves. I see my nation glorying in our own vengeance, even though God says: “Vengeance ismine.” Christians believe that all humanity was created in God’s image including the worst of us. We believe that Christ came to offer salvation to even the worst of sinners. Christians believe that God loves even a murderer such as Osama binLaden.
The celebrations look familiar. I have been frightened before by news broadcasts where hateful Iranians burn our flag, yell hate, or celebrate our mourning. Our celebration of death matches the hatred that we condemned elsewhere. When humanity glories in the killing, we do not honor God. We also do not end violence, but we add to violence. Because of my faith — I am offended.
I know that some will point out that Osama killed and deserves to die — perhaps this is true, but God can redeem even the worst of sinners. God values even the life of murderers. Even Saul the persecutor who sought to kill all Christians met Jesus on the road to Damascus. After meeting Jesus, Paul later became a chief spokesman for Christianity. Who are we to make this judgment for God?”