Last night I watched "Flight 93." I don't know about you, but the events of 9-11 are still too fresh for me. Hard to believe that the 5th anniversary is coming up on Monday. Oh, how I hope that we never forget that day. And I pray for wisdom for our leaders to do what would most be within the will of God to assure that we never experience anything like that again.
As I watched, my fleshly reaction was that we need to round up anyone remotely associated with terrorism and shot them. Then I got to thinking that they are doing what they do from similar emotions. They want to extract revenge for wrongs (real or perceived) done to them. That hardly excuses their cowardly and unconscionable methods in any way. But eye-for-eye is probably not the best way of ending this war of cultures.
And then it hit me, as I sat with Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace? on my lap: Those terrorists are as deserving of God's grace as I was / am. All humanity is in the same condition -- lost and in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus.