Monday, November 7, 2016
What We Are Called To Do
Today Joel and I sat together on our loveseat and watched the funeral service live stream for Sgt. Anthony Beminio, which was held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines IA. It was a moving ceremony, not only as we watched over 1,500 officers file in and salute the casket when they walked by, but as the Chief of Police, Dana Wingert, spoke about Tony Beminio and the fine officer he was. As the Chief held back tears and spoke of everyone being heartbroken. The sermon by Senior Pastor Michael Householder was one of the most powerful sermons Joel and I have ever heard. E.v.e.r. It was a beautiful combination of what this mega church is founded on. Sharing the story of Jesus and obeying His commandment to love one another. Householder began this mission church in 1993 and it has grown in leaps and bounds to encompass satellite churches in 3 other areas, while serving 10,000 members in their own suburb. Only God.
It is difficult to understand why any 39 year old man dies, but especially someone who served his community well as an officer, worked with kids, encouraged others, and loved on his own family. People look for answers and too often believe God took him. It was God's will he died. Today Pastor Householder spoke what Joel and I both stand strongly on in our beliefs. This was not God. God did not take Sgt. Householder. Satan did. The actions of another did. Sin did. A broken world did. Jesus did not come to kill, steal or destroy. Satan did that. Pastor Householder spoke of the shortest scripture in the Bible....."Jesus wept" and that Jesus wept along with us over the senseless death of Tony Beminio. As the Son of God and the Son of man, He wept. And He continues to do so as He watches the sin and suffering, the hate spoken, the continual atrocities taking place in word and action by His creation.
So today we weep as we mourn the loss of yet another officer, as we mourn the death of a child of God, whether white, black, brown, or wearing blue. We are saddened by another life that ended too soon. We weep for those left behind, the children. Oh, how difficult it is for the children.
Still, we grieve with hope. It is what we are called to do. With the understanding that when someone we love dies we will see them again, that this is not all there is. We grieve with hope and we move forward in hope and pray that something like this will not happen again. That some how some way hate and brokenness will not end in death and destruction. Until then we stand firm in knowing that death is not the end. It is a new beginning for those who believe in eternal life.
And those who are left behind pick up the pace, carry the shield of Sgt. Beminio and others in their hearts and take on his desire to be an outstanding officer...........outstanding citizen...........parent, son, husband, family member, neighbor, friend. We all step in to make where we do life a better place. It is what we are called to do.