When they strike they win in a small way, and lose in an epic way. They win because for a moment – just a moment – they strike fear into the hearts of people around the world.
But they fail in an epic way because before the smoke of their cowardly actions settle the world has come together in solidarity. Their evil is a uniting force. And the terrorist is seen not as a hero of Allah – as his delusional mind imagines – but rather the toe jam, the gunk, the scabies of the earth.
Yet these parasites who define, embody and give evil a face – even though they hide behind black hoods like the cowards they are – are nonetheless, and for reasons beyond comprehension, loved by God.
One ISIS fanatic told listeners just before he beheaded a Syrian while declaring threats on Paris, that ISIS ‘loves death like you love life.’ I know I’m not supposed to think this way, but a part of me (a big part) says, it’s great that they love death as much as we love life. If only they’d start with themselves everybody would be happy.
They’d all kill themselves, we’d all live better lives. Everybody wins.
So that Jesus would love one of these pieces of sh** to the point of taking up a cross and dying on their behalf, baffles me.
Never mind that “Jesus died for my sins” (lying, lust, greed – or of just being a son of Adam). He died to redeem the deepest, darkest, slimiest worms on this planet. Worse yet, he died to redeem those who terrorized Paris and Lebanon yesterday.
This is something the terrorists don’t realize. And it’s something none of us can understand or comprehend.
ISIS’s mantra is that they “Love death more than we love life.”
If we want to win against the evil scourge of this world, we need to love life more than they love death.
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” – Jesus