Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Different Perspective

With news this week about the death of Osama bin Laden, I have been reading many things about how people seem to be rejoicing in his death. Honestly, it makes me sad. I have to question this, I don't feel like rejoicing at all. Here is a different perspective about this.

I know this will be a very controversial post and will raise lots of feelings and questions. However, it has been on my heart since Sunday and I need to get this out there.

Possible - it could happen
Probable - it most likely will happen

I am a Christian and I hope that everyone who knows me knows that. I hope it shows in my actions and my words. I hope there is never a question about that. Part a being a Christian is trying hard to live like Jesus. I have to wonder what He would think about the death of bin Laden.

Think of the thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus. He admitted that he was wrong and had sinned and asked Jesus to remember him. Jesus told him that today he would live in Paradise. What if, stay with me, what if bin Laden asked for forgiveness at the last possible moment? Is that possible? Of course. Is it probable? Maybe, maybe not. But what if he did? That would mean that because the free gift of salvation is available to everyone who believes, it is possible that bin Laden accepted that gift. That would also mean that we (as believers) would spend eternity praising God along side Osama bin Laden.

We should never rejoice in the death of anyone, especially those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I understand the need for closure, justice and all of that but I believe that rejoicing in death is wrong. In doing so, we are just like bin Laden. We are rejoicing in the death of someone we don't like. That makes us no better than he is.

Is terrorism wrong? Absolutely! It should never be tolerated yet that is what we do. We tolerate it in our schools, our neighborhoods and sometimes in our own families. Just like every other sin, it starts with a small step, then another slightly larger one, and another. Think about it. Calling someone a name because they are fat, ugly, smart, skinny, short or whatever, is a simple form of terrorism. That's where it starts.

Are there consequences for our actions? Absolutely! Is death a consequence for an action? Sometimes. Does that mean we should rejoice in it and celebrate it? Not in my opinion.

I hope that if you are reading this you would at least consider this perspective. It may not be right but at least it will get you thinking.

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