In times of mixed emotions, God is in control

Pastor Blake Melancon, Guest Columnist
Rev. Blake Melancon

As I watched the Baseball game between my favorite team the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets last evening, a news flash came across the screen alerting everyone that, “Osama Bin Laden was dead!” As the camera panned the audience in attendance, section by section, row by row, the fans became riveted to their cell phones over the breaking news. Then it started with one section and spread throughout the stadium, the chant, “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.” The players on the field had no idea what the celebration was about, it was truly a moment of mixed emotions between the players and the fans.

Many people will be exalted because of this great victory.  We must realize that every great victory comes with great sacrifice! The sacrifices that our young, brave soldiers have made over the last 10 years hunting down Bin Laden cannot go unnoticed. I urge everyone to take time and remember the price that was paid for the death of one terrorists leader. Take time to lift up in prayer the families of the soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Freedom is not free, it comes at a high cost. As we celebrate, we must understand this is not the end of the fight for freedom, nor it is the end of the U.S. fight to keep the war out of America.

We must always keep in our minds and in our hearts the words of Jesus Christ.

But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately." 10 Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:9-11.

As Moses and Joshua told the people of Israel before going in to take the land of promise:

8 And the Lord, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8.

Jesus stated these words, “"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:43-45.

This is a time for all of us to pray for our fallen soldiers, our President, your fellow Americans and those Muslim around the world. The Bible tells us to love and bless those who curse you.

While many will celebrate, some will mourn, everyone must take time to pray.

God is in control! He is the author and finisher of our faith.