This morning as I was walking with my friend, in the deep dark and dense fog, that was actually a bit balmy and warm, not cold as one would expect fog to be, we began talking about world events. Specifically about the two militants that Jordan executed in retaliation to the death of one of their pilots. My friend explained how she and her daughter had been talking about this subject last night and my friend stated that finally someone was doing something about terror. I listened to my friend talk and then I said to her, “let me ask you a question.” “Does God love terrorists as much as He loves me and you?” She was silent for a few moments and I said to her, “yes, God does.” God loves all his creation, how could he not when each of us believer and terrorist alike are created in His image? Now, please, do not mishear me, God does not love the evil, the sin that people choose to buy into and live out, but he does love each of his created beings.
Many of us are familiar with John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. I think we do this verse and those we share it with an injustice if we don’t also share the gem right after it; that is John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
In the single most greatest act of love of all time, God gave His Son as a sacrifice so that all the world, even those who commit heinous acts of crime, could be saved through Him. Are you a believer in Christ? Then your responsibility is to love, like Jesus does, at all times.
My friend and I continued our conversation. I asked her how big is her God? Did she truly believe that God heard her prayers? Did she think that if she prayed and asked God to do something about this situation, even though she might not see evidence of it, that God would? From the beginning God’s heart has always been about the salvation of the nations. Was she praying and asking Holy Spirit to drop his seed of salvation into the hearts of evil people? Are you?
My friend’s daughter told her, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” I agree with her, yes, even in this situation.
Are you angry about the news of evil around the world? You should be, now let that anger move you to do something constructive. A good place to start is with prayer.
My heart is saddened that three people were killed in this situation, who, mostly likely, never had the opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will spend eternity separated from God.
May the shalom of God be yours today and everyday.