Death of a Terrorist and a Christian Response

I haven’t been by here in a while, but I felt like this needed to be talked about (not that everyone else isn’t doing the exact same thing).

By now the entire world knows (aided in no small part by the power of social media) that Osama Bin Laden is dead at the hands of US troops by order of the US government.  This is an announcement that many have waited a decade for, to see the death of the man who has been marked as the force behind the 9/11 terrorist attack on US soil. As such, a nation is rejoicing tonight.

When I first heard the news, I have to admit I was pleased. It seemed right to me that this man would see some kind of justice, some kind of punishment for the pain and death he has caused. But, as Proverbs says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Pv. 14:12), and as I watched the cheering crowds, and listened to President Obama tell the nation and the world that justice has been done, there was disquiet in my spirit. Can this really be called justice? Is this a proper Christian response? Is it good and right for us as followers of Christ to rejoice in loss of life, no matter what that life was used for? Is that the love of God? Is this what Jesus was thinking about when he said “Blessed are the peacemakers?”

The more I thought on it, and the more I allowed God to speak to my heart, I realized this just isn’t the case. So, I began to think about coming on here and working out my thoughts in blog form, as writing helps me to solidify my thoughts. That’s when I came across this article. Why rewrite what has already been proclaimed so well? So, I link this article here, in the hopes that it will contribute to the continued growth in our lives, as we discover what it means to follow Christ, and truly love as he loves.

“let us invest in love…”

The Death of Osama Bin Laden and the Christian Reaction

[bible:365] Day 3 – Genesis 11-15

The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel story is rather odd. It’s a story I’ve heard since I was a child, and I always thought it was pretty crazy, but reading it now it’s just plain odd. The people want to “make a name for themselves” and build a tower to the heavens, and according to God, they can accomplish that goal because they all have one language. At this point, the story seems to be about the power of a people united, that “nothing they propose to do will now be impossible for them” (11:6).

But God sees something bad in this; whether it’s the pride that they want to glorify themselves, that they think they can reach heaven, or that he sees where this will lead (“this is only the beginning of what they will do.” 11:6), he decides this cannot be allowed to happen. So he divides them. According to this story, God is the source of language barriers.

I look at this and can’t help but wonder, was it worth it? continue reading…