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Category #2: "The Love Givers"
There is a lot to think about in a case like the above.
-How do you and I respond?
-How is the military and President supposed to respond?
-Can a government really govern without the use of force?
-Can love and mercy really be expressed? Even to people that threaten our Nation?
First, as a Christian, my ethical system is based on the Scripture. The nature of God is revealed to us through it, therefore, I can appeal to it as my foundation.
In this case, first I have to ask myself what did the perpetrator actually do.
Answer: Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the murder of thousands of men and women on September 11th.
This being the case, there has to be accountability.
Here is where I differ from my friends in category number 2 (the love givers).
If a murderer was brought into a court room, was tried for his crime and also admits to the crime. Could you imagine if the judge does anything but prosecute him to the most extreme point of the law? A judge that ignores murder would be doing the opposite of anything loving.
- In fact. that judge would be wicked-
This is a point that I bring up when talking with the people who only emphasize the "Love of God." I tell them that the love of God IS the very reason why law breakers like Bin Laden must be brought to justice. In the words of my Greek brother Aristotle, "We know what justice is when we feel the wounds of injustice."
On to my second point.
I have seen an influx of Bible quotations floating around lately and they all have something in common. They are verses about "turning cheeks" "loving your enemies" and so on. My first comment to this contrived use of the Bible is... do your homework. An overview of the entire Bible is called for in this case, not just a select part of the Bible, say like the red letters. On this point, i'll clear my throat a second and let everyone know that Jesus in no way came preaching a different message than what was contained in the O.T. Same God. Same love, mercy, & justice.
Moving along, if you dive deep into the Bible, you will see that the role of the government is to be a blessing for those who follow the rules and a terror for those that do not. I would go out on a limb and say that Osama Bin Laden was not a guy that followed the rules of life...generally speaking, when your profession is dedicated to killing people your not on the right side of the Law. Therefore, the role of our President is to prevent killing...remember, that is the loving thing to do. So when bad guys want nothing more to do than kill Americans, I say, "Do the loving thing Mr. President and prevent that from happening."
-Alexander Hill says it best when he states, "Doormat love eventually ruins all involved."
So my friends, the answers we come to are not always easy.
That is why we must understand that in between the loving thing to do and the just thing to do sits the Seat of WISDOM.
One last thing...
Let me make a comment about the great country that you and I live in.
Osama Bin Laden was given a proper Muslim burial.
I want you to think about that for a second. Our great enemy. The man who caused such horrific bloodshed and hurt was given a proper burial.
Never in the history of the world has a country treated someone like Osama with such respect. Now I ask you a question...would the same treatment be given to our soldiers? I think not.
All of this only goes to speak toward America's greatness.
We are the light on a shining hill.