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Turning away from wrath

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When the Twin Towers fell September 11, 2001, video of fanatic Muslims cheering in the streets across the Middle East added another layer of pain to the newly broken heart of the United States.

And, although the death of Osama bin Laden wasn't unwelcome news in this nation nearly 10 years after he ordered those attacks, I was immediately dismayed to see Americans and people worldwide cheering in the streets because of his demise.

Newspaper headlines, by nature succinct and provocative, took a no-holds-barred attitude when the story broke.

Newsday, the Long Island Newspaper said simply, "DEAD," under a photo of bin Laden.

The NY Daily News read, "Rot in Hell."

The New York Post: "GOT HIM! Vengeance at last! US nails the bastard"

And Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Daily News: "We Got the Bastard!"

It's easy to understand the powerful emotions that inspired the headlines. After all, New York suffered the highest casualties in the attacks and the ground in Somerset County, Pennsylvania was soaked with the blood of innocents after United Airlines Flight 93 went down as passengers and crew attempted to wrest control of the aircraft from the hijackers.

But there is danger here. The same level of emotions, if not the same emotions that provoked dancing in the street and banner headlines, also inspired bin Laden and those of his ilk to attack in the first place.

Yes, he was an enemy of the state. Yes, he had the blood of thousands on his hands. Yes, he eluded justice for far too long. But this isn't about Osama bin Laden. It isn't about the Sept. 11 attacks. It is about paying careful attention to what enters the heart of man.

An old parable, most frequently attributed to a Native American elder, describes the two wolves that live to do battle in the heart of every man for the heart of every man. The elder is explaining this phenomenon to his grandson, when the grandson asks worriedly, "But Grandfather, which wolf will win?"

True wisdom is found in the grandfather's response, "The one I feed."

At some point in time I dare say, we have all felt the strong, burning desire for retribution when we have been wronged. In fact, there are nearly a dozen synonyms for the word: vengeance, reprisal, "an eye for an eye," revenge... None are ours to deliver.

Nothing can be done to restore the families torn asunder by the attacks. No punishment, no matter how severe, is sufficient for the pain. Once alive, now dead, the damage done by bin Laden cannot be undone.

It's the ongoing damage by his hand that matters now. Will we allow him to continue to rot our hearts with hatred and bitterness, even now, after he has died?

I know this is hard to hear in the best of times. When emotions are at a fever pitch, to advise people to let go of the anger and hatred before it consumes them is, to some, like waving a red flag in front of a raging bull. Nevertheless, it must be said.

The wolves that do battle in the heart of every man for the heart of every man are called "love" and "hate," "light" and "darkness," or to put it plainly, "good" and "evil." Osama bin Laden has taken enough of the heart of this country. Trust him and his deeds to the only One who judges rightly and the only One who can rightly repay.

"Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him." Proverbs 24:17-18 (NIV)

I don't have all the answers, but I know the One who does. Let's walk together for awhile and discover Him; together.


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Dawn, I agree whole-heartedly with your assessment, and ill feeling about people praising and cheering in the streets. There will be yet another occasion of praising and cheering, in the streets, yet to come, when the Prophets of God are killed, and left for three and a half days, in the streets.

There is also, another aspect that bothers me, that you touched on, supposed moderate Muslim, celebrating in the streets, on 9/11. That celebration made it difficult to believe that there is/was a difference between the Terrorists, and the Moderates. In my opinion, there probably is no difference, because, when they had the chance to endorse the ending of Bin Laden's reign of terror, they wept, in lieu of celebrating. That clenches, for me at least, my understanding that Muslims will choose Islam over Freedom, every time, and will follow the dictates of that religion, when ordered to do so, and yes, in a violent way, taking yet more life.

The killing of this man should prove to every freedom loving person that our freedoms are in jeopardy, and we must keep the watch for our Lord, Jesus. Am I absolutely correct? Only time will tell, but is, IMO, very close to fruition.

Thanks for the article, and sentiment.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 2:38 PM

kudos to Dawn and Navy

-- Posted by doodle bug on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 1:36 PM

Being in the Dallas - Fort Worth area and also getting a number of web based periodicals, I have to say this is one of the best articles I've seen on the subject.

Yes, there is a sense of relief that he can't plot more murders but just as with Saddam Hussein there is a sadness that they have no more opportunity to repent and/or express regret for their heinous acts.

It saddens me to think of a life being so wasted and now to face eternity with the sudden realization that you can never make it right.

Thanks again Dawn.

-- Posted by pbstith on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 11:47 PM

So, what is your position on May 21, 2011 being the Judgement Day?

-- Posted by BuffRoam on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 2:30 PM

@buffroam:Thanks for the question, hope this suffices as an answer, if not feel free to inquire again.


-- Posted by newdawn on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 3:16 PM

Thanks Dawn. You were ahead of the game with your article. You may want to consider re-releasing it considering all the attention it is getting. Or not.

-- Posted by BuffRoam on Tue, May 17, 2011, at 4:00 PM

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