Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I was considering putting a picture of Achmed the Dead Terrorist here, but I decided it would probably be in bad taste.  Aw, what the heck.  Because, you know there's nothing as good as bad jokes the day after something big happens.  Besides, I'm probably not even the first to have that idea.

It's kind of worrying what all is going to happen in the United States as a result of all this.  We will most likely be the target of international criticism.  However, we have struck a critical blow against Al'Qaeda; they are demoralized by the loss of their leader, and we've also obtained a lot of information about them.  It will be interesting to see just how things turn out with this.

It would be really easy to let all this slide.  After all, as missionaries we do not have much contact with the outside world.  We stay focused on our area and on teaching the gospel to people.  Life is very simple as a missionary; no TV, no newspapers, very limited internet.

Then, it turns out that we aren't so isolated after all.  We went over to Golden Corral for lunch yesterday.  Every single TV in the entire place was tuned to CNN, talking about just what went down.  It was amazing.  There are pictures of people celebrating all over the place, making pilgrimages to Ground Zero in New York, the Pentagon, the place where the other plane went down, all triggered by the death of a terrorist.

I have a mixed bag of feelings.  There's a quote by Martin Luther King jr, that says that hate cannot replace hate, nor darkness light.  While it is good that he is dead, to prevent any future damage, and that we have all this information not previously available, he's still dead.  Not much change going on.  Now, once Al'Qaeda regroups, they will attack with renewed fervor.

It would be really easy to retreat now; to go back into my shell of isolation where I knew what the heck was going on.  However, that's not really an option.  We need to go forward with faith.  Really, that's all I need.  I know that as long as I'm doing what I need to do, God will do his part.  Because with faith,

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