Last evening, I watched a Ted Koppel special on the Discovery Channel about how America has responded to terrorism and security since 9/11. Now, 5 years later - are we safer than we were before? What liberties are we willing to give up in order to maintain our safety and freedom. How should we treat those at home and abroad who are found to be terrorists or associated with terrorists. What constitutes torture? Is torture for the greater good ever ok?
These are the kind of questions that where being raised in last night's program. Personally, I think that we need to be incredibly careful about giving up our freedoms and rights to be more secure. If you have ever seen the movie "V for Vendetta" you can catch a glimpse of what a culture would look like if they let "Big Brother" take over for the security of the Nation.
Is our fight really against Terrorism or is it against Fundamental Islamic Extremism? I think the language of our current war needs to change. If we were at fact at war with tyranny, then we'd be fighting regimes and governments from all over the world. Tyranny and terror isn't just a problem in the middle-east, it's a human problem everywhere.
As Christians, how should we respond to global terrorism (or Fundamental Islamic Extremism)? Should we kill all the terrorists? Should we hate them? Should we become fearful, racists, and discriminators of Muslims and middle easterners? Should we pray for the salvation of Osama Bin Laden? Have you ever thought of praying for and loving the terrorists? Doesn't Jesus call us to love the sinner and hate the sin?
I don't know...what do you think?