I posted a blog entry at the Christian Post recently.
The reported death of Bin Laden generated crowds of people on the street wrapped in American flags and cheering. A casual look at the reaction to this reaction revealed to me that many people shared my apprehension with such a response. Different reasons for the apprehension have been produced:
- The Scriptures tell us not to rejoice in the deaths of our enemies: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Ezekiel 33:11
- We should be deeply sorrowful about any single person dying outside of a saving relationship with Christ.
- As Christians, we should object to killing of any kind at any time.
I guess this sums it up.
Personally, my apprehension was not as laudable as any of these. I am distrustful whenever I see people being carried away on emotion, and resist it in myself to the best of my ability. If today we are whipped into a frenzy for something socially ‘safe’ to be frenzied about, we probably won’t put up as much of a fight if someone whips us into a frenzy for something we might regret later after we had time to think about it and get more information about. Indeed, some of the ‘frenzy’ I saw resembled how I imagined Romans would have reacted when gladiators and lions tore into Christians centuries ago.
But it wasn’t a game.