The Bombs Heard Round the World

The explosions weren’t as – forgive the word – “spectacular” as the attacks on the Twin Towers.  Still, the twin bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon today, Patriot Day in Massachusetts to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord, effectively did their job.

They terrorized the 5,000 people seated at the finish line of the marathon, killed two (let us pray the number will go no higher), and injured dozens.  Experts say the bombs weren’t very big, localizing the damage to the immediate area.

Big or small, terrorism always makes the most of human suffering.  It sucks on the blood of the victims, sneers at their cries of agony, and laughs at the general panic it causes.  The bombers waited for the race to reach critical mass – when the greatest number of runners would be passing by.

They set the finish line bomb off  first, then seemingly trapped those in the middle with a second bomb a block before the finish line.  Runners already past the explosion just kept on running, as emergency response teams ran in for the rescue.  One of the dead was an 8 year-old boy.

What sort of people commit such deeds?  Those who crave power and control over others.  Those who set off the bombs were but minions to their masters, fodder for the greater cause of Islam (as it turns out, one of the suspects is Saudi Arabian, although all the facts have not been confirms as it’s very early in the investigation).  But this bombing was in their style.

Their Liberal defenders would claim that America is to blame for supporting Israel.  The Palestinian’s grievances are ages old and Liberals choose to forget, or even support, the ancient pagan rituals that made them so reprehensible in God’s eyes.  They’re the very same practices the foolish Americans have taken up in modern times.   The Old Testament is full of violence and weak men and women, even among the Israelite kings.  The Palestinians don’t sound so sympathetic when you figure into the mix idol worship, human sacrifice, and deviant sexual practices.

All our prayers are with the residents of Boston and the travelers who came to watch or participate in the marathon.  Boston is in lockdown tonight.  What should have been a night of revelry has turned into a night of prayer vigils and rigid vigilance.  The wine has turned to blood.

Still, while we try to make sense of what happened today, and frustration and anger boil and churn within us, we must remember the message Jesus taught His disciples, and pray even for those who commit such evil.

“Recompense no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:  for it is written:  Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:17-21

 

 

 

 

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