Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Un-American or just morally conflicted? You decide ...

Yesterday, like most of the world, I heard the news of Osama Bin Laden's death. I'll admit- my first reaction, probably like 99% of the USA's was "Good." Then I got to thinking (and we know how dangerous that is), am I really happy that Bin Laden is dead?

My brother-in-law is a former Navy SEAL and I cannot tell you the level of respect I have for him, and other service members like him. I am so grateful for their sacrifices so I can even have the priveldge of whining on the internet. The level of planning and organization, not to mention bravery, that goes into their missions is unimaginable and extremely impressive.

More importantly, I don't mean to open up an entire political debate by talking about this topic but it's something that's weighing heavily on my heart.

Yes, the world is unquestionably better without him in it- but, why is it our place to exact justice on behalf of OBL's victims? Yes, a he was a crappy human; evil even, but I just can't find it within myself to celebrate the death of another person, regardless of who it was. And honestly, will his death make a huge difference in the "War on Terror"? Maybe not.

I honestly feel conflicted on how I should feel about killing a terrorist like OBL. Does thinking that it was maybe a teensy-weesny bit unnessecary for him to die make me un-American or not proud to be an American? I hope not. Did he even deserve a trial? Probably not.

I saw this quote last night on my minister's Facebook page and I think it really sums up my feelings on the situation quite well:

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, I can feel relief, 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.

What are your thoughts on the subject? How do you feel about celebrating someone's death? Does it lessen your "Pow'r of Pride" to not want to celebrate?


  1. You must have read my mind. After reading several Facebook posts yesterday and today, it sounds like we are not in as few a number as we thought.

  2. I think that, as Christians, we should always regret the death of someone who does not know the saving power of Jesus. He is in Hell now because he was killed. That being said, however, I do think lives were saved by OBL's death, and I definitely think he deserved to die.