What exactly does this mean, for us, as a nation? Well, to begin with it seems right off the bat to be a license to behave just as poorly as they did after 9/11. Really people? How is dancing in the streets, singing joyfully behaving any better than they did? Did they not do the same thing after the Twin Towers came down? Did they not also burn our flag? Did they not also sing mean, hateful songs about us and our nation? Did we not criticize and condemn their behavior? So then why, why are the people of this nation behaving the same way? Why is it okay for the people of this nation to be “dancing in the street”? Well, to be honest…it’s not. For many reasons.
To begin with, the people of our nation have chosen, yes, chosen to respond in a ‘tit for tat’ manner. With both sides behaving like a couple of two-year olds in a sandbox ~ they just happened to throw sand first. Don’t we teach our children that that type of behavior is unacceptable? This is not a competition folks.
Secondly, and this is directed more at Christians and yes, I’m sure it will ruffle a few feathers, but that’s okay. Are we not commanded to not rejoice when our enemy falls? “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.” (Prov 24:17-18) Are we not commanded to actually show kindness and love to our enemies, “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you.” (Prov 25:21-22) My personal favorite, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who ate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matt 5:43-45) JESUS HIMSELF SAID THAT!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I thought that being a disciple of Christ meant that we were to be emulating His behavior(s) in our own. I’m not saying that anyone should be or can be perfect in this ~ God is my witness that I certainly am not. What I am saying is that this was, is a perfect opportunity for us as Christians to display Christ like behavior. Dancing and singing in the streets is not it.
Last night when I heard the news that Bin Laden was dead I wasn’t excited, I wasn’t happy, I was saddened. I know shocking. An American saddened by this news. Let me tell you why. Because I immediately felt within my spirit that God was saddened. Do I believe for one second that Bin Laden was a child of God? No, no I do not. Do I believe that he was a creation of God? Yes, yes I do. And that is why I believe that God was saddened. God didn’t see that “it was good” after everything He created for no reason. He really did/does believe that all His creation “was good” (See Genesis 1:3-31) It is for this reason that I believe God was saddened.
As an American, the wife of a Navy veteran, and the grand-daughter of a man who died in a POW camp in Korea I can still say I do not think it is appropriate to be “celebrating” the death of this man. I also do not believe that this event will not have a tremendous impact on the individuals involved via our military and not necessarily for the good. It can’t be easy to take the life of another human being and I don’t believe that committing that act, in war, or otherwise doesn’t have an affect on the human soul.
Just my opinion…