After seeing hundreds of comments, tweets, headlines, blogs, etc. proclaiming joyous celebration over the death of Osama Bin Laden, I have not been able to help feeling sad. Feeling that this victory song and dance is wrong. Please don't misunderstand what I am saying here: I am more than completely supportive of our military and the men, women and families who have made incredible sacrifices to serve our country. I am elated that this sad, lost man cannot hurt anyone again. My negative and disappointed feelings have nothing to do with that and should not take away from it. My feelings are only in regard to a huge number of responses I have seen, the reactions of people all over after hearing about his death. I believe that it is wrong, insensitive, ungraceful and unChristlike. I believe that we should have had a more humble attitude and handled his death with more humility, grace. We can still feel relieved that his tyrant reign of power is over. We can still thank God that he cannot cause any more pain. However, why do we not pray for his loved ones? Why is there no grief for his soul, more than likely lost, separated from God for eternity? Do we really believe that Christ is in Heaven, watching and cheering? My God is not. He is mourning the loss of a soul. His heart is heavy. I pray every day that God helps me see things through His eyes, that I am joyful over the things that bring God joy and that my heart is broken over the things that break His heart. My heart is broken. God never rejoices in the death of a human; His desire is that ALL men will choose the path that leads to Him. He does not give up hope when we doing things that are repulsive, hateful, evil. He holds on, offering His mercy until the last moment that we deny Him. It is a sad day when someone chooses to live a life and spend an eternity apart from Him. Not a joyful day. And I cannot help but think that somewhere, while the cheering crowds of Americans were being broadcast, there was a child watching. Perhaps a boy being raised in the ways of Al Qaeda. I wonder if he thought to himself that 'those Americans, those Christians, aren't that different from us after all.' Again, I am not saying that his death is wrong, that he deserved more than death. He was a despicable man and his sins were unforgivable (then again, God forgives all sins, for all sins are equal). A little humility on our part would have gone a long way with the rest of the world watching us. Don't we remember watching the cheering from other countries after the attack on our own soil on 9/11? How is it okay for us to respond with the same uncensored disregard for humanity?
This sums up what I've been feeling perfectly:
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr
I'd love to hear any thoughts?