Osama Bin Laden

Sunday, we found ourselves in the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Some danced in the street. Some got angry, because they felt this guaranteed another election for President Obama. My heart sank.

My heart sank because its another instance in which we had to use violence to overcome violence. My heart sank because others were celebrating the death of another human being. My heart sank because Osama lost his life lone before his life was taken.

What is the value of life?

When someone’s sole existence exists for the sake of killing others in the name of their cause or religion.

What is the value of life?
When you live for false hope. Maybe, you will be glorified with a bunch of virgins, or, celebrated by God, because you killed thousands.

What is the value of life?
When your whole life exists in hiding. When you are running from those who are trying to kill you, because, you killed someone with airplanes and missiles.

What is the value of life?
When you celebrate the death of another human being? When we lost all hope and died with those he killed? When we can’t forgive and love our enemies?

What is the value of life?
When we, who are committing acts of violence, either spiritually or emotionally, in this life against our fellow humans in the name of our religious cause? In this sense, how are many of us not like Osama?

What is the value of life?
Was this the life that was intended for us?
Is the death of this world our greatest hope?
Is our enemies flesh and blood or powers and principalities?

I have lost brothers and sisters from the hands of Osama Bin Laden.
I lost another brother Sunday, when Osama died.

As a Christian, this has to be my hope, that God is reconciling all of humanity to himself. Osama was a Child of God, and, that makes him my brother.


5 thoughts on “Osama Bin Laden

  1. Bari says:

    Amen amen amen amen. I don’t doubt that bin Laden probably deserves hell, but it’s sobering to realize that, without Christ, so. do. I. & I completely believe thay the only death ever worth celebrating is the one that brings us life. thanks for this post!

  2. Jason Welty says:

    Brilliantly said I feel the same way. They danced in the streets at 9/11. We danced in the streets at this. What’s the difference?

  3. wow I don’t think anyone has said that they lost a brother when Osama died. That strikes a chord.

  4. Timmy Morgan says:

    Thanks for this post! The scandal of the gospel is that Christ loves, dies for, and forgives sinners – even sinners that take the lives of the innocent. Evangelical Christianity talks all about “accepting Christ…” – but I wonder how many Christians can truly accept a Christ who loves and forgives even Osama Bin Laden. After this week’s events, I get the feeling there are a lot more “righteous brothers” (from the prodigal son parable)in the church then we think. Thanks!

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