DayBreaks for 10/24/17: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2007:
I can read some things and never be moved by them. I fly by them like a bat flying by in the dark of night – quickly, silently, invisibly. And then there are things that I read that strike me in either a positive or negative way, evoking some response. I came across such a thing just last week, when I read the following quotes from a CNN chat that was posted on GetReligion.org on 10/08/07. The article was about the president and his faith and things he’s said. Just to set the stage, in one speech, the president stated that Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City bomber), professed to be a Christian. The chat set the discussion straight on that point, but it was the last part of the quotation that struck me. Here’s a bit of the chat:
“Um, someone might want to let President Bush know that Timothy McVeigh professed no religious belief. Lou Michel, the author of a well-researched book on McVeigh (he spent countless hours interviewing the terrorist before he was executed), had this to say during a CNN chat:
“Question from chat room: Does McVeigh have any spiritual-religious beliefs?
“Lou Michel: McVeigh is agnostic. He doesn’t believe in God, but he won’t rule out the possibility. I asked him, “What if there is a heaven and hell?”
“He said that once he crosses over the line from life to death, if there is something on the other side, he will – and this is using his military jargon – “adapt, improvise, and overcome.”
McVeigh’s answer is very sad, yet it seems to echo a concept that is misguided and misplaced. It is misplaced because it shows that he is totally trusting in himself and his abilities to manage his own eternal destiny, to even be able to manipulate in the afterlife (if such, according to McVeigh, exists). It is misguided because it doesn’t take into account the Word of the Lord concerning the importance of choosing in this life to follow Christ.
Mr. McVeigh crossed over the line from life to death a long time ago now (June 11, 2001). I’m confident that he’s since learned that he can’t change things, and that he cannot overcome the will of God and whatever sentence God has pronounced on his soul. But I fear it appears that he learned that a bit too late.
Personally, I’m interested in crossing over the line from death to life. And that’s what happens to us first of all when we accept Christ, and ultimately when we awaken from our deathbed in heaven’s glory.
John 5:24 (NLT) – I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
PRAYER: Jesus, I pray that the blindness of arrogance will be lifted from our eyes and that we will realize that today is the day of decision – not after we’ve died. Help us to understand the urgency of our response to your offer of salvation. We put our trust in you to carry us from this world of death to an eternity of life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.