As the country remembered 911 there were a few stories I saw in the news that I had never heard before. One story was of a female military pilot and her assignment on that fateful day. As America was reeling from the attacks the military was trying to respond. Flight 93 over Pennsylvania had been hijacked and the government believed it was headed for Washington D.C. There was no time to load the missles on her plane but this pilot was sent anyway. Her instructions were to crash into Flight 93 and bring it down. She climbed in her plane willing to give her life for her countrymen. Remarkable courage don’t you think? Occasionally we see this kind of courageous love in a person who will lay down their life for a friend or relative or even stranger. And yet as powerful as these stories are I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a story of a man or woman laying down their life for an enemy. And yet this act is at the heart of our Christian faith. The Bible tells us that because of our sin and rebellion God veiws us as enemies. But despite that He still loves us enough that He sent Jesus to die on a cross for us. As much as I admire U.S. soldiers, how many would lay down their lives to save Osama Bin Laden? And yet Jesus died for him too. While I don’t think Osama Bin Laden ever accepted the salvation of Christ, the opportunity was there. Isn’t that incredible? Suprising? Disturbing? I think so too.
Under His Staggering Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister