I sought for the greatness and genius of America in fields and boundless forests; it was not there. I sought for it in her free schools and her institutions of learning; it was not there. I sought for it in her matchless Constitution and democratic congress; it was not there. Not until I went to the churches and temples of America and found them aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and genius of America. America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
Okay, I’m playing beat the clock here, or beat the medication is more like it, but I had to put this out to you this morning. The above quote was on my daily thoughts e-mail for Tuesday. I thought that it was appropriate for this day for a number of reasons. Here are my thoughts on this:
Yesterday there was great celebration and back slapping going on over the final elimination of Osama Bin Laden. Congratulations over a long and arduous hunt finally coming to an end. Many say that justice had now been served for the victims of 9/11 with the execution of this man. The comedians had a heyday with it last night, as you knew that they would.
There was a lot of controversy on Twitter over the whole fact that people were celebrating this. Bible verses were thrown back and forth to justify both sides of the argument. One tweet that I read had said something like “Jesus does not celebrate over a soul going to hell”.
As I read through them all, my elation over our “victory” became less so and mixed emotions began to replace it. On one hand, I am so happy that America has vindicated herself for the 9/11 attack. We proved to the world that, no matter how long it takes, we will not rest until we see justice. I wanted to pat George W. Bush on the back too and say, “Well, it didn’t happen during your term but hold your head up a little higher now ’cause the search you started is over!” I am relieved that he is dead but also a little fearful of what his followers are going to do. We need to be vigilant at our borders now more than ever! I am happy that our soldiers received such a great victory and can feel that all of their sacrifice has been rewarded.
On the other hand, those Bible verses keep running through my mind. Such as “vengeance is mine saith the Lord” and “the Lord will make me victorious over mine enemies.” Totally conflicting messages when put into this context. What do you think about it? Who is right and who is wrong?
We pay a high price to enjoy our liberty and freedom here in America. It is done with the blood, sweat and tears of our soldiers and our citizens tax dollars. The cost of liberty is high without a doubt and all that we have done and are doing in the Middle East seems a bit more justified after yesterday. My only concern is this, let us maintain our liberty and freedom but not at the expense of our soul. The soul of this country, the greatness of this country, has always been in its conscience. We are a country built on faith, let us fight to maintain it as such just as vigorously as we have fought to find Bin Laden. Until tomorrow…
Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!
God bless America,