By now you have read or heard the news that the Boeing passenger plane crash in Iran last week was unintentionally shot down by Iranian military. This is a tragic loss of life due to human error.
Put yourself in the place of the ones responsible for this mistake. Consider being a soldier on extreme alert. An aircraft suddenly appears on radar. You only have a few seconds to decide what to do. In that moment it is your life or the enemy. Fear and training mix together and in an instant nothing will ever be the same for you. What appeared to be a military aircraft with one or two pilots is instead a passenger plane with 176 civilians on board and now they are dead.
An excerpt from USA Today;
In an address broadcast by state TV on Saturday, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, said his unit accepts “full responsibility” and that when he learned about the downing of the plane, “I wished I were dead.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday expressed his “deep sympathy” to the families of the victims, and called on the armed forces to “pursue probable shortcomings and guilt in the painful incident.”
Don’t read into this post that I am siding with Iran. That is far from the point. Instead I am asking you to set aside hate and fear just long enough to pray for ALL the hurting people in this tragedy. The families of the victims as well as those who will spend the rest of their lives with regret for their actions.
The world is full of hate and fear. Because of this everyday people are hurt, families are broken, and mistakes are made. Stop and think for a moment that the people we hate because of our various differences are still people. Can we set aside fear long enough to pray for our enemies?
Rev. Burt Schwab