2003-04-14 - Knock it Down
Jeremiah 51:20 "He says, 'You are my war - club, My weapon of war; and with you I shatter nations, and with you I destroy kingdoms.'"
I had intended the devo for today to be on Job, but I can't help but think about the events in Iraq, so even though it is 4:15 AM as I write this on Thursday morning, I must get it out of my system. I am so thankful for our military, our President Bush: 2, the Iraqi people, Prime Minister Blair, the Assize's and the troops from Spain. I hate for these dumb things that I send out to be political, so I don't want to dwell on it. I will make this quick and then apply it, I hope.
War is something we have dwelt with in our lives and I don't care how old you are; war exists. Some of you might be historians and I hope I am a budding historian, but I defy anyone to name a time when someone lived, who lived a decent amount of years, that war did not exist. The truth is, and I am a gen-x'er, that in my life time there have been at least 30 wars going on and sometimes more. Many don't get reported, but lives are still being lost.
Just over 10 years ago my family and I went to the prison camp Dietrich Bonhoffer was held at and executed at in April 9, 1645 by special order of hitler (I will not capitalize his name -- he is not worth it) Bonhoeffer was someone I don't agree with theologically. He was executed by special order of hitler before hitler killed himself. While Bonhoffer and I might not agree, I will never forget seeing the momento to his efforts to topple a tyrant who murdered people. If I knew that Bush was (and I don't think he is for a second) murdering people who bring him bad news I would do what Bonhoffer did and try to out him. And that by any means and at the cost of my own life if need be. But Bush seems to be honorable. Passing thought, if you have never read "The cost of discipleship (1948)" by Bonhoffer, I will say it simply (and again I don't agree with the theology) you don't know what you are missing. I have read it and loved it.
Our President did it right this time. He took out a tyrant, but Blair, I think may be the one who loses. England is one of my favorite places to visit, but I am scared for Blair. He may be in trouble politically.
Sadam may have been a tyrant, but sin is a bigger tyrant, in our lives. I confess that the victory, or soon victory means nothing to my life. It changes not my work schedule. I will still pay whatever I need at the pump for gas. My relationship with the Lord is still the same. In my life there is nothing, so far. But this war has cost so much in those who have lost lives. I heard one news person saying that streets would be named after fallen soldiers. I hope that happens. However we need to look at this as Christians. We need to root out the evil in our lives like those rooted out the regime of Iraq. We need to conquer sin, and we can't wait three weeks. We must do it now. Let us let the lesson of the quickness teach us about ourselves. Let us knock down the tyrant of sin.
Soli Deo Gloria,