disclaimer: i’m about to get real up in this post.
so tonight was the night the world discovered that osama bin laden was killed.
bin laden was not only the terrorist ringleader for the attacks on 9/11 in new york, but he is also known for many prominent attacks worldwide that began in the early 1990s. bombings of american embassies in africa, deadly firefights with soldiers in somalia, an attack on the uss cole — this guy has gotten around to breaking many hearts and ruining many lives in his time.
upon learning that osama bin laden was dead, americans flooded pennsylvania avenue (and probably other avenues and lanes and streets and things of the like), crowding the gates to the white house, anxiously awaiting president obama’s words to the nation.
honestly, this kind of gave me a strange feeling — hundreds and hundreds of americans it total celebration over osama bin laden’s death. i mean, i understand that it is great that he no longer poses a threat to our nation and the rest of the world — i am so relieved about that. but who are we to be celebrating such a thing? does that make us look like the enemies that we claim to hate?
do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him. (proverbs 24:17-18)
things seem so backwards in the Bible sometimes, don’t they? love your enemies, turn the other cheek — do not gloat when your enemy falls.
i am happy to hear of the restored safety to our nation, but is our safety from terrorism completely restored? right now is a time for constant prayer for our nation and those who are leading us through all of this. just because bin laden was killed does not mean that we should be gloating and taking pride in his immediate “defeat” because what will the rest of his followers do in retaliation? what about other nations? are europeans rushing streets and national buildings? what does the world’s perspective on all of this entail? there are just a lot of other things to think about with this if you asked me.
once obama started his national address, i hung on every word. i’m sure millions of other americans did, too.
the president ended his speech quoting the pledge of allegiance:
we are one nation. under God. indivisible. with liberty and justice for all.
we’re a nation under God.
what, then, shall we say in response to this? if God is for us, who can be against us?…it is God who justifies. (romans 8:31-33)
i’ve had that verse from romans on my heart all day and here i am writing about it (big surprise, i know). as a nation under God, who can be against us? who can claim victory? we have our victory in Christ Jesus, friends, and it is HIS death that should be the only one worth truly celebrating.
let’s look to justice being served over the fall of an enemy.