Category Archives: Random Thoughts
On 6/24/13, I was able to preach a message entitled The Expectation Gap at Milestone Church in Keller, TX. Just a few short years ago, no one (including me) would have ever thought I would be teaching from God’s Word, but our God is a redeeming God. He loved me despite my sin, and despite my brokenness, and He saved me. Then he began to change me to prepare me for things like preaching this message.
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Last night I was honored to have the opportunity to teach a message entitled God’s Amazing Grace at Milestone Church in Keller, TX. To listen to the audio version of this message, please click on the “Play” button below. (The first minute or so of the audio was cut off from the recording, so please excuse the abrupt start to the message)
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Thank you once again to all of you who support this ministry on a daily basis, and I really hope you enjoy the new app.
Tonight while watching a movie, my wife and I heard the news that President Obama was going to hold a press conference to announce a “major development on national security”. We switched the television from our movie and eagerly awaited the news, not knowing what we were going to see but knowing that it was going to be a big development. After all, it is not often that the President of the United States holds an impromptu press conference at 10pm Central. After much speculation, we finally heard the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. I found myself glued to the television as well as my twitter feed to find out as much information as possible. Somewhere in the midst of all of the news, I found myself wondering about something. I found myself wondering what the appropriate Christian response should be to Osama bin Laden’s death.
I must admit, my first reaction to the news was that of relief. After ten years or so of searching, I was glad to see that bin Laden was finally found. I also felt pride in our military who has worked so hard to find him for all of these years. I thought about all of the people who lost loved ones on 9/11 and was glad that they finally had a sense of closure. I liked the thought of justice being done to this man who had killed so many innocent people over the years. Mixed into all of these emotions, though, I also felt a great amount of sadness. It may sound weird to some, but I actually felt despair that this man had died. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that he was evil. I understand that he killed a lot of people. I understand that he was the most wanted person in America. But I also understand that, like it or not, he is one of God’s children. He was created by God just as I was, and now he is dead. More importantly, he died lost. He was a lost soul who never accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, which means that he will spend eternity in hell. A lot of people might read that last sentence and think, “Good!” or “That’s what he deserves!”, but I find it hard to rejoice in the loss of any of God’s children. Jesus once said, “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” (Matthew 18:12-13) The fact that bin Laden was never found does not change the fact that he was still a lost sheep that God was looking for him.
As I attempted to understand my weird mixture of emotions over this historic event, I found several compelling posts on Twitter to keep me thinking. In one, the writer reminds us of Proverbs 24:17 which says, “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.” In another, the writer quotes Proverbs 11:10 which says, “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.” I read tweets of joy and tweets of sadness and everything in between, but nothing really answered my question – What is the appropriate response?
Now, I have certainly never killed anyone but I have definitely sinned. I am saved from my sin because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross. He died so that I can live, and I thank Him daily for that sacrifice. So here’s my question – Did Jesus Christ die for Osama bin Laden’s sins? I understand this is purely hypothetical, because bin Laden never accepted Jesus as Lord, but if he had would he have been saved? In my opinion, which I believe to be biblically sound, if bin Laden had repented and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior he would have been saved. Therefore, since he did not, he was lost. Just like millions of other lost souls who die without Jesus, he will spend eternity separated from God. My heart grieves for the people I know who are not saved who will die without Jesus, and it grieves for the people who die every day without Jesus. Why should it not grieve for bin Laden?
I was also reminded tonight of another man who was evil. He killed many innocent people, and tortured others. His entire life mission for awhile was to seek out Christians and persecute them, and his name was Saul. Saul was lost. He killed. He sinned. He committed terrible crimes against humanity. Then one day, he was found. He had a supernatural encounter with the resurrected Christ, and it changed his life forever. He went on to become one of the greatest evangelists in history and wrote most of the New Testament.
So there it is. There are my random thoughts on this issue. At the end of the day, I still don’t have an answer on what the appropriate response to Osama bin Laden’s death should be, but I know how I feel. I know I feel a combination of emotions, and I know that one of them is sadness. Right or wrong, popular or not, I am sad that a soul was lost without Christ, even if it was one as wicked as bin Laden’s.
More than anything else, I want to know what you think about this issue. I know there are a ton of people out there who are smarter than I am. I know there are a ton of people more mature in their faith. I know there are a ton of people who have spent a lot more time than I have studying theology. What do you think? What is the appropriate Christian response to Osama bin Laden’s death?
Please leave your comments below or reply on twitter at @Kevin_Griggs.
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I just read an amazing story about a Canadian couple who won $11.3 million in the lottery and gave almost all of it away. (They kept 2% of the winnings for a “rainy day”). They “took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages’ worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. The list goes on and on.” What an awesome testimony of putting others first.
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If you are like me, memorizing Scripture can be a daunting task. I know it is an important part of living as Christ lived…after all Jesus set an example for us for dealing with temptation:
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:1-11)
You see, each time Satan tried to tempt Jesus, He responded with Scripture. The only way we can respond to temptation with Scripture is if we have it ready in our minds and hearts to use at a moment’s notice. And the only way to do that, is to spend some time memorizing God’s Word.
I just read an excellent post on a blog called “Daily Walking” titled As the Aging Brain Tries that gives great advice on how to memorize Scripture. Check it out by clicking on the title in the previous sentence.