As I watched TV late Sunday night the news broke about our President making an important announcement. We soon found out that the international terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, had been killed by US Military forces. For most red-blooded, hot-dog-eating, red-white-&-blue waving Americans, this is a big win in the war on terror. For sure that is a fact. This IS a big win in the battle against a promoter of hate, murder and terror. I have to admit, I felt a sense of relief and pride.
As the media continued to report the event I found myself drawn to watch the news that was being brought forth. There came the visual images of Americans gathering in front of the White House in celebration while chanting, “U S A! U S A!”. The news of Bin Laden’s death began to spread through the crowd at the MLB game of the Philadelphia Phillies. The thousands gathered at the game soon began the same chant of, “U S A! U S A!”. While watching this being played out on my television, I had a rush of mixed emotions. Celebrating in the streets, the death of another human being is tough for me to watch…it reminded me of the celebrations that took place in Afghanistan and Iraq after our tragic loss that happened on 9/11/2001 in New York City. The question that came to my mind was: Is this the proper response?
The truth is that a triumph of good over evil happened yesterday. A man who caused so much death, promoted so much hate and endangered the lives and freedom of so many people needs to have justice. At the same time, for the Christian, there is a celebration of justice but a solemnity about the death of a human life…even the guilty. Don’t celebrate death, celebrate justice.
The word has this to say about justice, “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers” Proverbs 21:15
Today does begin a new era, in many ways, for our country. Some who’ve had such heartache over 9/11 feel some sense of closure. Others feel relief that the mastermind of a global terror organization that has targeted America, Americans and the free world in general has been neutralized. Still, our hope is not in the loss of an evil man, but rather in the resurrection of a Godly man; Jesus…
1 Tim 4: 10 “…because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people…”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”