LessonTwo: Honest Evaluation
Bin Laden’s Actions Some might question if bin Laden had a role in the 911 massacre because he had no physical presence in any of the hideous events.
A comprehensive investigation generated critical information that when honestly evaluated concluded that this demented man planned and help facilitate the training of the delusional men who carried out the operation.
Without the planning and training provided by bin Laden the mass murders would never have happened, and therefore he is just as responsible for the death as if he had flown the kamikaze missiles into the Twin Towers himself.
Our Actions It is easy for us to assess bin Laden’s guilt and demand that he be held responsible for his evil atrocities. But we look at the death we played a direct role in from a biased position, a position that would attempt to rationalize our activities as irrelevant and insignificant.
We would insist that we did not drive the nails in his hands. We would emphatically declare that we did not drive the nails in his feet; we would adamantly deny physically running the spear into his side. We try to defend ourselves by casting the blame on a Roman soldier, but we laid the foundation for the actions of the Roman soldiers by our disobedience to God’s eternal law. According to God’s law we cannot say, “I didn’t do it.”
The Apostle Paul tells us that we are responsible in 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The prophet Isaiah lays the responsibility directly at our feet in Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Adam tried to blame Eve for his disobedience. Eve tried to blame the serpent for her disobedience, but God held each of them responsible.
An honest evaluation of bin Laden’s actions lays responsibility for the death of innocent people squarely on him and an honest evaluation of our actions lays the responsibility for Christ’s death directly on us. Bin Laden was called into account for his wicked actions and one day we will stand before a righteous holy God and give account for our actions. What does an honest evaluation reveal about your position before a holy and righteous judge? Will you stand condemned or pardoned?