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10 Spiritual Lesson from the Execution of bin Laden

Lesson Four: Difficult to Discover

Snow leopards are very reclusive animals. For a long time, very little was known about the snow leopard because they were so difficult to find and track. Their habitat is in the upper elevations of very rugged mountainous terrain often veiled in cloud cover. They have a camouflaged coat of fur that helps them blend into the surrounding terrain. Snow leopards are very clandestine cats.

Like the snow leopard terrorists are difficult to locate and track. They build networks that provide extremely effective diversions and cover for them to evade discovery and elude capture and eradication. For almost ten years the best intelligence agencies in the world attempted to locate one of history’s most notorious mass murderers, Osama bin Laden. There were rumors that he was hiding in caves in Afghanistan.  Many thought he was in Iran or Pakistan. Many intelligence agencies thought he was in Pakistan networking with Pakistani intelligence agencies. But it wasn’t until the interrogation of another radical Muslim terrorist revealed bin Laden’s personal courier and he was located and trailed, that  they were able to determine with certainty that bin Laden was in the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan. After months of deliberation American leaders decided to exercise justice and send a team of elite Special Forces to eradicate the hideous mass murderer.

Locating one’s enemy is a very difficult task. This is true in the spiritual realm as well as in the physical realm. It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that we are sinners. We try to cover up the truth about our fallen nature by directing attention  to someone else who deals with sins we consider worse than ours. We determine that since our sins are not as bad as their sins we will be alright with God and not have to worry about the final judgment. But, when we stand before God in the Day of Judgment, it will not be the person we have designated as a worse sinner that will be the standard by which we are judged. It will be Christ.

Mad men who devise evil plots to kill innocent people believe they are superior and have the authority to determine who is worthy to live and who should die. The person who deceives themselves about sin, exalts themselves above the laws of God and grants themselves special dispensations, dispensations that the eternal judge will not accept any more than a civilized society will accept a terrorist.

Sin is difficult to discover, but not impossible. As the authorities of civilized society remained vigilant against bin Laden’s wiles and attempts to elude eradication believers need to be vigilant against sin’s clandestine activities to hide in our hearts and lives.

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10 Spiritual Lesson from the Execution of bin Laden

Lesson One:  Acknowledge Existence

Before one can successfully determine the source of a catastrophe, they must acknowledge the existence of all potential causes. For the successful capture and elimination of the world’s number one mass murderer there had to a willingness to believe that one known as Osama bin Laden existed. If the experts who were delegated the tasks of bringing justice to those  responsible for 911 had refused to accept the fact that one with the criminal expertise and network known as Osama bin Laden existed, searching for him would have been impossible, and his capture and execution would never have taken place. There had to be the conviction that this evil was real. This person was more that a phantom. This person was more that a “boogie man,” a fictitious persona created to take the blame.  

The world must be honest about an evil that is out to destroy its eternal existence. It is the evil of all evils that exist  today. It is the evil that brought about the wicked imagination of the mass murderer bin Laden. God exposes this evil as sin. Sin exists in the heart of man; it hides in the hearts of all men and women, even in the hearts of children. The Psalmist said in

Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Children do not have to be taught to be disobedient. Great time, energy and resources are expended trying to teach children to be obedient, because sin resides in their hearts and they naturally gravitate to disobedience. It often seems innocent and harmless. Sometimes it appears cute and funny, but it is extremely cruel and ruthless. Sin rules the lives of people today. 

Sin inflicts such great damage because the world today denies it exists. Our modern world thinks if we eliminate the concept of sin then everyone will automatically be free from anger, hatred and cruelty, and we will live in a utopia of peace and harmony. But the sad truth is, sin is real and one must come to terms with the truth that sin resides in our hearts. God’s Word  accurately reveals the spiritual Intel found in

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

 Without accepting the truth of sins existence nothing will be done to destroy its impact upon our lives, homes, schools, communities, country and world in which we live. It is like refusing to acknowledge that bin Laden masterminded the evil massacre of 911. It is like saying there is no real Osama bin Laden and therefore we do not need to look for him and bring him to justice. Had that position been taken the world would never have been freed from the evil and terror he produced. He would have been free to perpetrate even greater atrocities on the world. And so too with sin, to deny its existence is to allow it freedom to destroy and damn people without resistance or restriction. 

Lesson Two: Honest Evaluation (to be posted)

Lesson Three: Gruesomeness of Evil  (to be posted)

Lesson Four: Difficult to Discover  (to be posted)

Lesson Five: Determination  (to be posted)

Lesson Six: Commitment  (to be posted)

Lesson Seven:  Persistence  (to be posted)

Lesson Eight: Difficult to Destroy  (to be posted)

Lesson Nine: Concentrated Assault  (to be posted)

Lesson Ten: Glorious Victory  (to be posted)

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