Monday, May 02, 2011
This is a party I will skipPardon me as I make my exit from this party, I really don't wish to participate in a celebration of death.
Life is precious, whether it is an inconvenient fetus, a precious and welcomed child, a Godly and righteous Christian, a lost atheist or a global terrorist. We are all the same in God's eyes.
Now don't get me wrong, I am as angry over the atrocities of 9/11 as anyone else, as well as all the other terror attacks perpetrated by these savages. I am as harsh of a critic on Islam as anyone could ever be. I do believe that Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind and chief architect of 9/11 and bears full responsibility for the deaths, injury and damage he and his cohorts inflicted upon all of us - that is, the entire civilized world. And I believe that Islam is the antithesis of Christianity, and is evil through and through.
But as a Christian, I cannot and will not celebrate the death of anyone, especially not with the jubilant joy that is on display in the streets of America. To me, it is every bit as ghoulish as the Palestinians that handed out sweets after the murder of an Israeli family, killed while sleeping in their beds, all of them, including a 3 month old baby.
Celebrating death is not something civilized people do. Not even when it is justified and well-deserved. Yes, it is a good thing that he can no longer perpetrate evil in this world and cause further death and misery to those he deems his enemy. I do understand the dangers with capturing and imprisoning him. But killing him will change what exactly? Al Qaida will carry on, doing their evil in the world. A new leader will step up eventually and take the reins. If anything, Bin Laden's death will breathe new life into the fervor and rage of the Islamists around the globe.
Shortly after I first heard the news, I saw a post on Facebook from a pastor whom I greatly admire. He said, "Remember Beloved, God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Ezekiel 18:23." and "Harsh, godless responses to UBL's death are easy, not appropriate, natural, not spiritual. Watch your heart and tongue Christian."
Ezekial 18:23 reads: Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
Thank you, Pastor Steve, for helping me put to rest the conflict in my heart and to face this with a Christian attitude.
On the way to work today, I listened to K-Love, a Christian radio station. Many callers were sharing their thoughts. This one struck me, and I posted it to my Facebook wall:
Only one man's death ever changed the world, and we celebrated that a week ago.
"For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!" --Romans 5:17
“Though I celebrate the fact that Osama bin Laden will never commit another act of terror, never bomb another embassy, never give another hate speech, never blow up another building, never train another terrorist, never hijack another plane, never take another innocent life, I refuse to celebrate his death, for to do so would be to embrace the same hatred that fueled these heinous acts.” ~Randy R. Reed©
In God's eyes, each one of us is both as righteous and as wicked as the next. We are all sinners, we all fall short of the glory. The difference between those who will see the Kingdom of Heaven and those who will not is not God's esteem for us, for he has offered each and every one of us the same gift of salvation, but that each of us has made the choice to follow Christ and be saved, or not and be condemned for eternity.
We should never, ever celebrate what is surely a lost soul being condemned to the fires of Hell. Over and over, the Scriptures tell us that judgment of sin is for God, and God alone.
 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;  for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
(Romans 14:10-12 ESV)
Today, instead, my thoughts and prayers are with the people recently affected by the tornadoes and thunderstorms that tore through the South last week, and with the people of Nashville, who suffered horrific floods one year ago today, and as always, with those around the world suffering poverty, cruelty and terror.
God is in control, and His Will be done.
Posted by LissaKay on 05/02/11 at 01:28 PM in ~ Christianity ~ My Soapbox ~ News
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Well, now ... that’s not very nice!Instapundit blends puppies and runs over campaign enthusiasts ...
POLITICS ON THE STREET: I ran across some Corker supporters on a street corner in Knoxville, the kind of thing you don't usually see in a midterm election. So I stopped and chatted with them.
This campaign is just nothing but vicious!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Foley: For ComparisonFor the record: I firmly believe that Mark Foley is a disgusting creep that shouldn't be trusted around children or young people. He was right to resign, and the House is right to launch an investigation into the matter. As more information comes out, it appears that there is plenty of blame for not reporting this sooner to go around - other House members, Republicans, Democrats, the media, certain bloggers, and even some of the pages themselves. The psuedo-moral superiority being displayed by the Democrats is utterly nauseating. But ... the levels of hystrionics is a bit over the top.
From what we know now, the page involved in the IMs was 3 weeks shy of his 18th birthday. No physical contact took place. The IMs occurred after he left the page program. While there are rumors of other pages being similarly messaged, not one has come forward in the 5 or 10 years being rumored as the time frame of Foley's lechery. Now there is information coming out that the pages involved may have been pranking Foley.
Now, to compare ... my daugher, at age 11, was pushed up against a desk by her teacher as he leaned closely toward her. He swatted her on the butt, and made obvious learing glances at her well-developed chest. When she reported this activity, she was treated as if she were making it all up. It was her word against his. He of course denied it. The school officials gave him a month off with pay. She was left to feel cheap, used and abused. She later had to transfer out of his class because, after he returned, he made her life hell.
Now, five years later, that same teacher has come under scrutiny again, this time for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl. This time, the school has acted decisively and suspended him from teaching duties pending a full investigation. Had they acted on this five years ago, would this have (allegedly) happened to this other girl?
Perspective, please. The uber drama surrounding Foley only serves to cheapen the tragic experiences of kids who have truly been hurt. Think about them before you bray on and on about lecherous cyber-sex. Please.
Posted by LissaKay on 10/05/06 at 04:45 PM in ~ News ~ Our World
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Move Over!This video released by the Knoxville Police Department shows very clearly why everyone needs to pay attention while on the road.
Video opens in Windows Media Player. Or view the video embedded in WBIR-TV web site
I wish I had a nickel for every time we dodged impatient and careless drivers when I was a paramedic. We'd be on the side of the road, or in the middle, attending to people injured in accidents. Invariably, there would be at least one asshole who tried to go around us ... in too much of a hurry to wait just a little while so we could do our jobs safely.
In most states, it is a law that drivers are to move into the left lane, if possible, before passing emergency crews on the side of the road. Even if it is not the law, it's just a good idea.
This time it was a close call. There have been too many times where the ending was tragic.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has a web site documenting more of these incidents.