Assorted stray thoughts…

  • I don’t know if I mentioned that my son, Jason, had a second interview for one job possibility, then they called him back for paperwork, drug testing, and began a background check, which all pointed to the likelihood of being offered a job. But then the management declared a hiring freeze until they could work out some budgeting issues. 😦 The man interviewing Jason said they were just about to offer him the job and he’d put his paperwork on file to call him as soon as the hiring freeze is over — but who knows how long that will be. Its frustrating and disappointing — sometimes I think, “Can’t these kids just catch a decent break?!” But I remind myself that God knows what He has in store for them. One person Jason interviewed with for another job said they had over 70 applicants….so that’s the kind of thing he’s up against.
  • I’m having very conflicted feelings about the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. There is relief, on one hand, but fear of retaliation on the other. But I am even more conflicted by the reaction of fellow Christians on Facebook. The first response last night was cheering.  It just didn’t seem right to me that we’d rejoice over anyone’s death. The verse that came to mind was Ezekiel 33:11: “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Then someone posted this morning Proverbs 24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth,” and verse 18 goes on to say: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.” But then, I thought, there was rejoicing when Pharoah’s army was killed when they were after Israel at the Red Sea and when David killed Goliath. I don’t know how to square that with Prov. 24:17, except maybe the proverb is talking about a personal enemy, and the rejoicing in the other passages refers to God’s enemies. Then several people posted Proverbs 11:1o: “When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.” One friend said, “We don’t rejoice in death, but we rejoice in justice.” May be….some people were sure rejoicing in death! I don’t listen to talk radio, but my son said some people were saying things about being glad bin Laden was in hell. Those weren’t necessarily professing Christians, though — I haven’t seen any Christian going that far. A couple of people on FB reminded us that except for the grace of God we’d all be headed there. But it is a little hard to feel sorry for one soul going out into eternity facing not the 70 virgins he thought he’d see but rather the God of judgment when that soul was responsible for so many others going to their deaths. I’m still wrestling with all of this.
  • I still haven’t seen all the royal wedding — I taped it, but I can’t just sit and watch for four hours unless I am doing something else at the same time, and my cross stitch project is at a point that needs concentration just now. So I am watching it in biys and pieces. But overall I’ve enjoyed it so far. Gorgeous music. There was a lot of truth being presented in both what was said (that I’ve heard so far in the service, i.e., the Biblical reasons for marriage) and the music, if anyone had “ears to hear.” I think we realized with the outcome of Diana’s wedding that there is really not such a thing as a fairy tale wedding in real life. Yet because her boys have been in the public eye and suffered such tragedy, I think we all wish them well. I thought Katherine was beautiful and loved her understated elegance. I like hats, but I thought some were outlandish and/or worn at odd angles. I liked the simplicity of Queen Elizabeth’s hat, though I am not fond of yellow.  Though I wouldn’t want to live amidst such protocol personally, I did enjoy the “pomp and circumstance” involved. Ceremony is nice sometimes. I also enjoyed the deep sense of history — the commentator on the station I was listening to kept bringing up the history of various items and customs. And it was nice to have happy news for once on TV!
  • But, alas, there were naysayers for the royal wedding as well. Some griped about the privileges of royal birth, getting such an expensive wedding and a dukedom when he hadn’t done anything to earn it. I pointed out that royalty has its particular stresses and pressures as well as its rewards. but the individual didn’t want to hear it and said if the royals didn’t like their lot they could just step down from royal life. 🙄 True, I suppose, but I think that reveals a lack of understanding of what the monarchy means to Britons. The commentator I listened to pointed out how many acts of duty various ones of the royal family had performed that year, and the word “duty” came up often. Sure, I prefer democracy, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the culture of other countries. Then some people commented on the young couple’s having lived together before marriage. Yes, that is fornication, and yes, that is wrong in God’s eyes. but who knows whether the prayer they wrote themselves that they “keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important” might be answered like Cornelius‘s was and lead them to know God in a real and personal way?

I probably should wait and go over this in the morning — I’ve been distracted and this isn’t as coherent or neatly written as I’d like. And I’m thinking there were a couple of other things I was going to mention, but I can’t think of them now….but I think I am going to go ahead and post it in it’s “off the top of my head.” state.

Edited to add: two other viewpoints on the rejoicing over bin Laden’s death (for the record, I don’t have a problem with war and I am not a pacifist and I appreciate our military.)

Is It Wrong To Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death? from NPR.

Some Thoughts on the Death of Bin Laden by Denny Burk.

9 thoughts on “Assorted stray thoughts…

  1. In regard to me feelings toward bin Laden, as I said on my Facebook page, I am glad bin Laden can no longer wreak his own special kind of hatred on the world, but I am not willing to rejoice in his death. To do so, I fear, would bring me down to his level. Murder, revenge and retribution will never make the world a better place.

    I keep thinking or admonition to judge not, or prepare be judged in the same manner.

  2. I’m one of those who is glad that Osama is dead. I don’t mean like I’m going to dance on his grave though.

    His death is an emotional victory due to what he symbolized for so many years.


  3. I see Osama’s death as the symbolic end of the War on Terror. We can pull our troops out of Afghanistan without looking like we failed now. We can relax our security a little–maybe take those backscatter x-ray machines back out of our airports, perhaps.

    That much seems worth celebrating. The fact that we killed an old man, not so much. That just feels wrong to celebrate. The best I can muster for that is a grim satisfaction, and to be glad that it’s over.

  4. A friend posted this and I felt it very applicable to the Osama bin Laden issue:

    “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  5. I agree with you about the Royal Wedding being filled with Biblical truths for those who have “ears to hear.” I LOVED watching it! (I watched it live….not on purpose.) A beautiful event and a celebration of marriage. Whether or not the Duke and Duchess even believe in the things that were spoken – I was so pleased and moved to hear so much truth spoken in such a regal way!

  6. I like your rambly posts best…It’s neat to hear your thoughts…so very close to mine…and full of wonderful thoughts and additions. Thank you!!

  7. Barbara, thanks for your comments and prayers concerning our state’s devastation from the tornado. There is still so much that needs to be done for the victims.

    I don’t rejoice in bin laden’s death…maybe it would have been better if he could have been tried for his crimes….I believe he was an enemy of Our Lord, though…I am not optimistic that this will be the end of the war or that his death means the end of the terrorist activities of his followers…

    So many people are unemployed and being downsized, I’m sorry that Jason didn’t get the job but perhaps the freeze will end soon and he will still be hired there.

    I am concerned about the effect on our economy as a result of this disaster in our state…the government contractors and tech employees were getting paid even though they weren’t able to report to work because of the electricity and internet outage. But there were so many hourly employees who weren’t able to work and therefore didn’t get paid…not only homes were without power but restaurants and stores and doctors offices.

    I like these rambling posts. They aren’t rants but just thoughts that cause us to ponder and express our opinions.
    Mama Bear

  8. I thought the Royal Wedding was beautiful. I was honestly surprised at how frequently the name of Christ was mentioned. My first reaction was whether the spiritual aspect was deeply felt by the couple or not, I thought that at least some of the 2 billion people that watched the ceremony were able to witness the name of Christ lifted high.

  9. I can’t say that I’m sorry that Osama is gone, but I’m not going to rejoice in the streets. As Christians we are called to sanctify life. He’s death falls under “protecting innocent life”, but a life was lost nonetheless. His life. And God created him so we should at least show some respect. I think that rejoicing in the streets makes us look just as hateful as the radicals that we are fighting.

    I loved watching the royal wedding. I wish the couple all the love and happiness in the world. You are right though, some of those hats were just awful.

    I’ll keep your son in my prayers. I hope he finds employment soon.

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