Last night it took some time to get to sleep. I laid there dealing with the uneasiness of the reporting that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. I don’t think that anyone can disagree that Bin Laden was the embodiment of evil in the modern world. We know the disgusting acts that he took part in. For anyone over the age of 3, September 11th is something etched in our minds.

The uneasiness comes because Jesus spoke very bluntly on this:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
-Matthew 5

There’s a part of me that believes that justice was served in some way. The bigger part of me, the part of me that God has been pruning over the years, is in absolute disgust that celebrations are happening because a man was killed.

God is not above redeeming the scum of the earth. After all, a huge chunk of the New Testament was written by a former terrorist.

Over the next couple years, we’ll all talk about, “Where were you when the report came in?” For me, I was laying in bed feeling uneasy that a life created by God, my Father, was extinguished.

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  1. avatar Sid Lane
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I agree, Ryan! Yes there has been some kind of justice served, but the death of anybody is no cause for celebration. It’s good to know his eventual outcome, but it doesn’t stop the war or bring back the lives of those lost. Thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar Karlene d
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Yes I felt the same way. living so close to our nations capital I tried to sleep over the noise of people celebrating in the background. I had very mixed emotions that night, content that justice was served, fearful of retaliation, saddened by the reactions of so many, apprehensive of working the next morning. Yet so thankful of being Gods child, and still be comforted by my Father no matter the circumstances we are in or face.

  3. avatar James Bowen
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I was on the fence when Osama died. Part of me celebrated his demise, while another part of me thinks that no matter how evil this man was, no matter how many people he killed, a man is still a man, and both our neighbors and enemies should be loved. Fight fire with kindness!

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