On the Death of Usama bin Laden

I see the celebrations on television over the death of UBL. Although this man (who declared war on America and whose actions led to the death of thousands who were simply going about their daily lives) deserved to die, I am having a hard time joining in the festivities. It is not that I am less patriotic than others. It is not that I am principally opposed to the death penalty for heinous crimes. It is not I don’t support the tireless work of our military. In a very real sense, justice has been done. Still…there is a disquiet in my spirit about rejoicing right now.

As I reflected on my own feelings which seems so out of sync with the mood of America, the word of God spoken through the prophet Ezekiel came to mind: “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the Sovereign LORD. “Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” (18:23)

Make no mistake, I am glad that UBL is out of the picture. In truth, I hope that increasing numbers of these diabolical terrorists are captured or killed. I stand with our military. I stand with our President. I believe they did the right thing in this action, but I have little joy over hell receiving one more soul. Perhaps in the hours and days to come my heart and mind may change on this.  We’ll see…

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