Do you believe that any human being can be saved from the bondage of sin? Do you believe that Jesus’ blood covers a multitude of sins? Do you believe that even the vilest of offenders can be redeemed?
Are you sure? Sure enough to pray for those caught in the bondage of sin? Sure enough to try to lead someone to the cleansing blood? Sure enough to pray for the vile offenders?
Take some time with your answer. It has great implications.
Perhaps a historical look at the question will help.
In the first half of the last century there was a man who rose high in the political circles of a great country. He was proclaimed by Winston Churchill as a brilliant politician. He would restore the unity and pride of his nation. By the middle of the century, he was dead. Buried in the rubble of an empire he could not build.
His name was Adolph Hitler.
In the final half of that same century a brutal dictator made his way to a throne by very different methods. There was no bowing and scraping on his way to the top; it was a bloody path. For twenty-four years he ruled by destroying his real or alleged opposition. In 2006 he was sentenced to death by his own countrymen.
That was Saddam Hussein.
Imagine how history might have differed had their hearts been touched.