Scott Peterson & Lisa Montgomery
December proved to be a momentous month on both a national and international level. Nationally, we were reminded of the sanctity of life on two poignant occasions. On December 13th, we learned that, after two long years, Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son Conner. Three days later, we learned that Lisa Montgomery had strangled 8 months pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett in order to steal her unborn child . Fortunately, the child survived and is safely with her father, but the horror of murdering a woman bearing a child has enraged the nation; as was evidenced in the ruling against Scott Peterson. As I reflect on these two events, I’m reminded that each day unborn children are dying at the hands of licensed physicians and under the protection of the law. Life is the single most precious gift given to humanity. God has commissioned us as protectors of life and as we grieve the loss of Laci, Conner, Bobbie Jo, and now, Scott Peterson, I am forced to contemplate what our Creator must feel not only about these lives, but also the millions of aborted children who reside with him in heaven and the millions of murderers who now roam the planet.
One Year Anniversary of Capture of Saddam Hussein
Our world news seemed to be dominated by coverage of several high profile world leaders. December 13th was the one year anniversary of the capture of Sadaam Hussein; an anniversary which brought about much discussion over the handling of the investigation and the ability of the Iraqi government and Iraqi courts to be able to carry out the trial and sentencing of many of the former Iraqi leaders.
Afghanistan Elects President
On December 8th, Afghanistan swore in Hamid Karzai as its first popularly elected president; an optimistic sign of the modernization of Afghanistan and the liberation of a people formerly controlled by the oppressive and corrupt Taliban.
Ukraine Presidential Candidate Poisoned
The political situation in the Ukraine intensified as the world learned on December 13th that the popular presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was the victim of dioxin poisoning. Yushchenko first began to feel ill in September, but the cause of the illness was only recently diagnosed on a visit to a hospital in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent Prime Minister and other presidential candidate, Viktor Yanukovych was declared the initial winner of the first Presidential election on November 21st, but after mass protests, a nullification of election results by the Ukranian Constitutional Court, and a December 26th revote, Yushchenko appears to have won the election and claims he will “lead the Ukrainian people into an era of true freedom”.
Tsunami Tragedy in the Indian Ocean
And finally, in a recap of the news that shaped the final month of 2004, the world was stunned to hear on the day after Christmas, that a massive Tsunami in the Indian Ocean had devastated several countries and killed thousands. As coverage of this dramatic, world-changing event has unfolded, the world community has been horrified to learn that the death toll has climbed to almost 155,000 people; 94,000 from Indonesia alone. The lack of an advanced warning system, the impoverished conditions prior to the disaster, and the inability of aid workers to get aid to those in need has left the world community looking for answers. Millions of dollars have been given to support the ongoing relief work, but many anticipate that the mass devastation and loss of life is only the initial repercussions of this disaster. Many anticipate widespread disease, much more loss of life, and a 5-10 year recovery time for those effected.
As Christians, it is imperative that we are aware of the world in which we live. Often times, however, when I watch the news or read the internet, I’m grieved or bewildered at what I see. There are no words to describe or bring me to terms with the loss and devastation caused by the earthquake on December 26th. An evaluation of global politics and the civil wars that plague our world leave me feeling overwhelmed and out of control. It is in these times that we must remember that the very same God who created the universe knows the number of hairs on our head and is in control. I do not understand why God would allow for so many people to die at the mercy of this tsunami. I don’t understand why God would allow so many unborn children to be murdered. I do know, however, that He is in control and that He loves mankind more than I can imagine and that He knows the future beyond what my feeble mind can comprehend.