Thursday, February 01, 2007

does He really?

So I see this article today about a church in Australia that has some down-under panties in a bunch. At first when I read it I thought it said "Jesus loves Obama" and I thought, wow! that's a pretty funny political statement for the Aussies to be making about an American presidential candidate. Freudian slip? Then my eyes adjusted and I read it correctly- although I was more confused by the camouflage background than the actual statement. That totally throws the statement off for me. From what I've read the brewing argument is that people such as Osama bin Laden do not deserve the love of Jesus, Allah or anyone on this earth for that matter. Many are outraged that the church would take a position that would insinuate that Osama deserves love, kindness or forgiveness for the acts of hate and violence that he has committed. Unfortunately for this church they are a victim of PC. Yep, it's not politically correct to say that you should love your enemies. Even though God commands us in book 5 of Matthew (and I'm paraphrasing here) that originally we were told to love our neighbor and hate our enemy. The Lord commands us to LOVE our enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Also, He sends the sun to rise on the good AND the evil and rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Trust me, it's a tough pill to swallow even for the most devout. I encourage those who find this to be confusing to think about it this way: God does not want us to harbor hate in our heart for any reason. He sent His son Christ for every man, woman and child-even those who do evil-and we can take comfort in the knowledge that judgment is not our responsibility but in the hands of the Almighty and His righteousness will prevail. Do not mistake His love for Osama as APPROVAL for his actions. They are very different indeed.
I like to think of it this way. Maybe God loves Osama bin Laden so much, that he's saved a very special, cozy little place in Hell for him...

1 comment:

Shari said...

Good post, and thank you for not hiding God's word, but freely sharing it. I think you're on the right track.

When thinking of people such as Osama bin Laden, Jeffrey Dahmer, Hitler... remember that Jesus most certainly died for them, and that God loves them... because of who he is, not because of what they have or haven't done. They won't get off scot-free, but the love is/was there while they were and are alive.

The key thing for us Christians to remember is that no one... not one single ONE of us... actually deserves God's love. Yes, Jesus died for every one of us, and we all do evil, no matter how hard we try not to. It's only by the grace of God that we're able to say no to any sin at all! None of us deserves it, but He gives it freely anyway.

Thanks for a great post!

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