On this day: American exceptionalism and the rest of the world

He will dwell with them, and they will be his people… He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more. Revelation 21:3-4

On this day, many millions celebrate the independence of our nation. It is a time for honoring those who have fallen in the tragedies of war. It is a time for family. And it is a time for contemplation.

On this day, as the fires of this morning’s terrible suicide bombings in Baghdad still smoulder, I cannot help but contemplate how many, many in that great city are mourning the loss of a loved one, a husband, a wife, a child. Regardless of our political leanings, we all must agree that this is a terrible event, an example of the corruption of sin that has invaded every part of our world from the earliest times until now.

And it is worth our time.

More than the fireworks and the wanton consumption that engulfs much of this day in our country, this is worthy of our time and consideration.

On this day in Baghdad, a girl cries for her father, whom she will never see again. A woman mourns the death of her husband. An old woman, the death of her grandchildren. Families have been broken today, lives stolen. This is a tragedy among tragedies. As we pray today, may we pray for an end to this pain and suffering, for an end to the sting of unjust death.

May we get out of our homes in which we are so comfortable, and tell people of our Saviour, who will one day bring an end to all of this. May we tell them that he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. And may we work tirelessly to speed the coming of that glorious day, until we have no more to give.

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