Please take a moment and examine the picture to the left before you proceed.
One nation invades another, claiming to execute the justice of their god upon their enemies. Soldiers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are killed. Innocent ones lives are taken in the despicable actions of war. Young men, many who don’t even know what they’re fighting for are executed with delight. Throats are slit, bullets pierce skulls and bodies are dismembered with national pride. Flags are hoisted high. The “winners” are the heroic, victorious ones in the eyes of their nation and detested enemies by others. The “losers” are wronged and wounded, no matter which side it is and their nation mourns. One is bad, one is good. After one attacks the other, the latter, if capable, organizes and wages war upon the formers land, executing revenge, driven by retaliatory rage. They are completely justified in their actions in their own eyes. The “victors” rejoice over death, territorial conquerings or vindicated killings of evil leaders.
Tell me, when seated in a completely unbiased chair that is not swayed by personal convictions or national-minded prejudices, who is right? Who is good? Who is evil? If all actions mirror one another, who really rises up out of the ashes triumphant?
Who wins when the actions are exactly the same?
I’ll tell you, neither. All involved lose because absolutely nothing is resolved or removed…. nothing! The cyclical pattern of kill and be killed continues for all time. All involved continue to willingly surrender to the fleshly demands to conquer and prevail over their self-defined evil enemies, generally excused away in the name of their “god”.
What a sad day we too have arrived upon when millions, many proudly professing to be "Christian patriots", state that the murdering of Bin Laden somehow (and I quote) "makes God happy" and how acts such as this by our military "shows why God blesses this nation".
The wars and senseless killings in the name of “freedom” are nothing more than a globally militarized game of “he pushed me first” that has cost this nation, and all others involved, millions of lives.
Lord forgive this Nation for acting exactly like those that She claims to despise. We are all created in Your beautiful image. The only difference between me and the most vile of all sinners and murderers that roam this fallen earth is Your grace. I have nothing good of myself and choose to cry out, “Forgive us Father for we know not what we do.” I will not stand beside my geographical neighbors as they raise national banners of false victory that mimic the rejoicing of those whom they claim to hate and desire to eradicate.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles. Proverbs 24:17
"As I live!" declares the Lord GOD, "I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live." Ezekiel 33:11
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12