Osama Is Dead, Shall We Rejoice?

Heard the news yesterday that Osama bin Laden was killed recently by American troops. While there is no doubt the man is worthy of death for his crimes, I am very uncomfortable with the spirit of celebration that went on at his death.


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"Love your Enemies" and the Imprecatory Psalms

Of the many concise and surprising things Jesus instructed, "Love your enemies," rates pretty near the top. Many know the passage who've never picked up a Bible in their lives. When we are struck on the cheek, we offer the other also. When someone asks us to bear a burden for one mile, we are to carry it for two, we are to "go the extra mile". This teaching is so radical and unthinkable it has left a profound impact on his followers and even his non-followers, even on the English language in terms of the idiom "go the extra mile." 


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I hate the lottery

Gambling makes many poor, and the few it makes rich, it does so at the expense of the many lives it has ruined.




Blow the trumpet for the unborn

If you have access to Brothers, We are Not Professionals by John Piper, pick it up right now and read chapter 27, "Blow the trumpet for the unborn", p. 211-227. 

Here are some highlights:

"Since that ruling we have killed on average 1.5 million babies every year" (213)

"In Minnesota they know that the Fetal Homicide Law makes a person guilty of manslaughter, or worse, if he kills the baby in a mother's womb. There is an exception clause for abortion. . . . It means that if the mother chooses to have the baby killed it is legal. If she doesn't, it is illegal. Nothing in the essence of the unborn determines the right to life. Only the will of the mother. They know it is the essence of totalitarian rule: the will of the strong determines the rights of the weak." (214)

"But abortion is emphatically not a 'personal' decision in that limited sense. There is another person, namely, the unborn child. If you deny this, you must give an account of what that little preemie is at Abbot Northwestern. Abortion is a decision about competing human rights: the right not to be pregnant and the right not to be killed." (215)

"The issue was whether the taking of human life is warranted by the greater good of a woman's right's. I have found this position repeated in talking with other pro-choice professionals; when pressed they don't dispute that they are taking the life of human beings." (220-1)

That shocked me. I had no idea they would openly admit that they are putting humans to death, and that they are consciously elevating the right of choice over the right of human life. It is supposedly "okay" to abort a 23-week old preemie in the womb, but wrong to strangle a 23-week old preemie born and viable. 

This is a ludicrous and wicked evil. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for much less than this, and Americans and Taiwanese and others will not escape the wrath to come from God, the Father. (punctuation emphatic, cf. James 1:27)

"Will you put the trumpet to your lips, or be silent?" (227)

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, "Behold, we did not know this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? (Proverbs 24:11-12)

Matt Hauck (郝柏昇)

A once enemy now son, forgiven and freed by Jesus' blood, adopted and called by grace for glory.   (more...)