The tornadoes that slammed the southeast last week showed once again that we’re often more than mere victims of a fallen world. As Chuck Colson said earlier this week, the storms remind us that human life is fragile, and we’re not the ones in control. We may have grandiose visions of fixing creation or healing the planet, but we can’t. What is really needed is redemption. Romans 8 tells us that the creation is groaning, waiting for that redemption.
If that’s what the storms teach us about creation, the life of Bin Laden teaches the same thing about ourselves. Evil is not a problem that’s “out there,” it’s a problem that is “in here.” We look at some of the great villains of history -- Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, McVeigh and Bin Laden -- and wonder how can someone reach such depths of evil?
Through the centuries, there have been attempts to “fix” humanity. All have failed. Because like the world we live in, humanity can’t be fixed. We need redemption too.