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Monday, July 5, 2010

Never Too Late?


On November 24, 1968, Pena Soltren and two of his cohorts boarded and hijacked Pan American Flight 281. The aircraft took off from JFK airport in New York, but landed in Cuba after Soltren and his accomplices demanded it to land. While the plane was in the air, Soltren claims that they “terrorized dozens of passengers with pistols and knives.” The hijackers cleared security with the weapons by hiding them in diaper bags! Security has come along way since 1968!

However, a few months ago, Soltren voluntarily returned back to JFK airport to surrender and face prosecution. Soltren had been secretly living in Cuba since 1968, but he decided to call the FBI and make arrangements for his arrest. As soon as Soltren landed at JFK from Havana, Cuba, the FBI arrested Soltren and prosecution procedures were underway. He was expected to be arraigned in Manhattan for a 1968 indictment.

What can we learn from Pena Soltren? Well, he gives us an example of what not to do, but he also paves the way for what we should do as Christians. Through his confused life, Soltren teaches us that it is never too late to repent of our sins. The guilt in Soltren’s life eventually overtook his psyche. He knew it was time to do the right thing!

When the guilt in our own lives buries our sense of justification, we should make the choice to once again become justified through our acknowledgment of sin. James tells us, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)

When was the last time you confessed your sins? Hopefully, it won’t take an airplane hijacking to convince you it’s time!