Do the horrible events of 9/11 justify murderous retaliation? What is the Christian community to think?
“Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.” God, speaking through Ezekiel in Ezekiel 33.11 (HT Kurt Willems; for his full comments, go here)
“The necessary fruit of the love of God is the love of our neighbour, of every soul which God hath made; not excepting our enemies, not excepting those who are now despitefully using and persecuting us; a love whereby we love every man as ourselves-as we love our own souls.” John Wesley, “The Marks of the New Birth” (HT Doug Strong on FB)
“You have heard Jesus say… but we say unto you…” (Ian Packer on FB)
Why does the story of the terrorist-turned-apostle named Paul not give people pause in their lewd rejoicing? (Brian Gorman on FB)
And don’t forget: a son and several grandchildren were murdered in the failed attempt to kill another enemy of the state two days earlier. Apart from the question of morality, is a weekend of state killing the best way to prevent future deaths?