I want to offer up some brief thoughts for us all to keep in mind as we endlessly discuss Osama Bin Laden’s killing. This is nothing political, it is just an appeal for us to remember our Christian faith as we work through the issue.
- We celebrate life, not death. Death was not apart of God’s design for life on earth. Though I understand the significance of this event – cheering death doesn’t seem right. We celebrate resurrection and new life, which comes from a death, but we still celebrate life. Even when we celebrate Jesus’ death we are really celebrating his Resurrection – for without that his death is only that.
- We forgive so we don’t need revenge to satisfy us. We don’t require justice. Revenge gains us nothing. It’s an age old lie that we’re always tempted into. Revenge seems sweet, it seems to offer relief – but it’s a fallacy. We say that Osama’s death will help us heal but I have to wonder – through revenge? Through death? Loving and forgiving our enemies is not contingent on getting some kind of justice or revenge.
Though I understand the symbolic meaning of this event, I believe we cannot allow ourselves to forget these truths, especially as we publicly process this story. We are the people of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.