If you had the opportunity would you take Osama Bin Laden in and lead him to Christ? Could God use him? What if he showed up blind at your house saying that he was changed what would you do? That’s exactly what I was thinking when I was reading about Ananias and the request God gave him to take in Saul and lay his hands on him so that he is healed. As many Christians know, Saul was a murderer of Christians. It says in Acts 8:3 and 9:1 that he imprisoned and killed men and women just because they were the disciples of the Lord. So ofcourse, Ananias had some doubt when God asked him to take in such a man and in Acts 9:13-14 he said,”Lord, I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
Can you imagine the thoughts of the others as well? What about those who had their family killed or in prison because of Saul, can you imagine how they must’ve felt after God said in Acts 9:15 “Go for he is a chose instrument of mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel.”
Can you imagine what would happen if Osama Bin Laden suddenly became baptized the way Saul did and changed his name and began preaching that Jesus is Lord. The people who saw Paul preaching had their doubts and said “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on His name and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” Sort of like, who does he think he is? Why should I listen to him? But we now not only listen to him but we study Paul’s words in the Bible and He is known to have written some of the most profound scriptures in the Bible.
Now I am not saying that Osama Bin Laden shouldn’t be punished for his crimes of 9/11 or to belittle the sufferings of his victims and their families. But I just wanted to show the capacity of God’s forgiveness and power to use anyone for His kingdom no matter what they’ve done.
When you say your prayers for the victims and their families of 9/11 pray for the terrorists as well, ask God to open their eyes to peace and to Christ and to show them their way of doing things is not the way.
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:7-10