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Monday, September 12, 2005Reflections on 9/11
As I remember the events that took place that tragic day I’m torn in two directions. One as an American I feel a call to arms not only to defend this great nation, but also to seek out and destroy radical Islam. But there is a growing, I don’t know if feeling is the right word, maybe desire would better, I just believe it is time for me, at least to start forgiving my enemies. Not only did Christ teach us to love our enemies but He also said that hate is murder, and I’ve been harboring a lot of hate in my heart. I feel that it is time for me to let go of the hate, while still remembering the events of 9/11.
I want to illustrate my point and I happen to be reading a book that does a very good job of doing just that. The book is called The Bible or the Axe and it’s written but William O. Levi. For you to understand this illustration I’ll need to give you some background info on Mr. Levi, he is a Messianic believer from an African Hebrew tribal group he grew up as a refugee in Uganda and later returned to Sudan. These are his thoughts after a lesson from his grandfather (who was a pastor) on Ephesians 6:
He wanted all of us to understand that our earthly enemies were just people who needed God’s love. I could choose to dispatch them to eternal damnation with a bullet or a sword, or I could serve them and reach out to them with the redeeming message of the Gospel of Christ. In choosing the latter, he wanted me to know that I would have to be prepared to sacrifice my life for my enemies, just as Christ did when He died for the redemption of men who hated Him. He wanted us all to understand that the war and the corruption and the hunger and the pain and the hatred were symptoms of the disease of sin. God’s overarching plan, I would come to understand, is not about me or my comfort. It is about His redemptive plan.
To me those are some pretty strong words, while I have not finished this book, I know that latter William Levi suffers greatly for his belief in Christ, I’m very interested in seeing how he deals with this.
After reading this I began to think about my own attitude, the funny think about forgiveness , a least for me, its super easy to talk about but much harder to live out.
Below is the part of Eph 6 that William's grandfather was teahing on.
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