Memorial Day 2011

    As we consider the lost lives of our soldiers today, I cannot help but think of a great milestone in our recent military conflicts.  Less than a month ago, the major target of our soldiers, Osama Bin Laden, was killed
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Though few like to contemplate the eternal destiny of a US soldier who rejects Christ, there is little argument about Osama‘s fate in Hell.
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Since Bin Laden was also a warrior, the question must be asked, “Why do we consider our own soldiers heroes and Osama a villain?”
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The answer is simple.  There is a difference between good and evil.  Good and evil are not based on ones perspective, but are based on the unchanging character of a holy God.  I will not suggest that our country has always done what God has expected- though we should have.  But Mr. Bin Laden clearly violated the principles and teachings of our God and creator.  Osama justified killing innocent people, whereas our Bible teaches that innocents should be protected. 
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Some have called our brave soldiers and the politicians who gave them their orders murderers because they must kill in battle.  The Apostle Paul clarified that rather than murderers, rulers and the soldiers under them are ministers of justice to restrain evil.
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     Romans 13:3-4 KJV 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
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God uses rulers and soldiers to restrain evil.  As we consider that many of our soldiers have given their lives for this ministry of service, we should be thankful to both them and God that evil men do not go unchallenged in this wicked world. 
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I do not celebrate Osama Bin Laden’s eternity in the Lake of Fire.  I wish that instead he had repented and been the recipient of God’s grace in spite of all the evil he did.  But I am glad that our God does not leave evil unchecked either in this life or in the next. 
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Let us also be somber as we remember that many of our countrymen have crossed from this life to the next as they were used in God’s eternal plan, and that the battles fought were more than flesh and blood, more than gun and sword, but were for the holding back of the spread of true evil.
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Today we remember- we reflect on those soldiers who gave their lives for our good.  May we also remember that there is a difference between good and evil, between truth and error, and between a hero and a villain.  Let us remember the heroes as we honor their sacrifice of life for what is good.
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As we consider the battle for good and evil, let us not forget that Jesus Christ gave His life in order to defeat sin and death.  Because He died, our evil (our individual sin) can be atoned for if we believe and trust Him.