I’m hearing an unbelievable amount of discussion this week about how the followers of Jesus ought to view the death of Osama bin Laden. And since one friend just wrote and asked me to please comment, I will. Please bear in mind that this is my personal conviction based on the Jesus I know in my heart as well as the one I read about in the scriptures.
I am relieved that a mass murderer is no longer able to manufacture further terrorism against innocent people. A man who chose to live by the sword, has died by the sword. Hopefully justice in some form has been served, and that of course is a good thing. But it’s nearly impossible to know for sure with the various conflicting reports of the media and the Obama administration.
However, seeing my compatriots gloating and dancing in the streets makes me sad. It feels like our hearts have sunk to the same level as the cold-hearted Jihadists who have declared us to be their enemy. As a follower of Jesus, I want to be like Him, and try as I may, I cannot imagine the Servant-King dancing and gloating over the death of any man. On the contrary, God says, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked would turn from his way and live.” (Ezekiel 31:11) It’s a well known maxim that if we persist in hating our enemies, we will become just like them. And that, I fear, is exactly what is happening with many us.