Confusion and uncertainty, not to mention anger and bitterness, filled media reports in the days after the death of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It seemed that no one wanted to bury the slain terrorist. Every request for a burial plot was flatly rejected. Then a mental health counselor from Virginia decided to take matters into her own hands.
Martha Mullen said she was at a Starbucks when she heard a radio news report about the difficulty finding a burial spot for Tsarnaev.
“My first thought was Jesus said love your enemies,” she said.
Then she made an incredibly difficult and unpopular decision…
“I thought someone ought to do something about this – and I AM SOMEONE ,” Mullen said. …
Martha Mullen said she was motivated by her faith ,her love and trust in Jesus Christ and his words recorded by Mathew in his Gospel account .
So what did she do? The WASHINGTON POST reports that Mullen took initiative to find a place that would accept Mr. Tsarnaev for burial. She was put in touch with Islāmic Funeral Services of Virginia, which runs the cemetery in Doswell, VA, and brokered an arrangement to have him buried there.
Some local residents and officials were angered by Mullen’s intervention on Tsarnaev’s behalf. While Mullen says the backlash has been unpleasant, she still has no regrets.
“I can’t pretend it’s not difficult to be reviled and maligned,” she told The Associated Press. “But any time you can reach across the divide and work with people who are not like you, that’s what God calls us to do.”
Shocking? Unnerving ? … It shouldn’t be if you are one who claims to be “Of Christ” – Here is the Application…
How amazing that the whole world should be aware of this problem, but no one take decisive steps to resolve it. That is, no one except Martha Mullen, who was prompted to act in response to the words of Jesus.
When the rest of the world is paralyzed in HATRED and UNFORGIVENESS , that’s when the followers of Jesus are called upon to demonstrate a love and a forgiveness that is uniquely Christian. So, the next time you think to yourself, “someone ought to do something,” remember, so far as Jesus is concerned, YOU ARE SOMEONE .
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44).
I know many will disagree with me ,but if you claim to have the love of Christ – how can you disagree with him? 1 Peter 3:18 says “For Christ also suffered once for sins, for ALL – the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit”
Who exactly does ALL leave out ? ….Tamerlan Tsarnaev ???
Tsarnaev ,as far as I can tell died without Christ – but his lack of response can never diminish the power and reality that Christ also died for him and IF he had come to Christ on CHRIST’s terms , he too could have been forgiven…but for him , it’s too late.
Do YOU love God enough , to also love your enemies and those who persecute YOU? I wanted so badly to “YES” quickly ,but it has taken me the better part of a month to finally say it since I first had the thought to write this… Though in good conscience as I write this , faced with the same situation as Martha Mullen – could I do the same? Could I be the “someone” the Lord COMMANDS me ?
…I hope and pray…