Goodness knows I try to stay as far away as I can from anything political… always have, and probably always will. And now that I’m a mom, I can hardly even stomach watching the evening news since it’s always so negative. However, it’s hard to ignore the most recent (and most popular) headline regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden.
My heart is heavy regarding this situation, and I stand conflicted.
On one hand, he is the mastermind behind one of the greatest American tragedies in history (among many other terrible acts). And for that, I can appreciate the sentiment that perhaps justice has been served. I can admit that there’s a bit of Patriotic pride that wells up inside me when I hear that people gathered in front of the White House and sing and cheer. It’s proof that we haven’t forgotten those who were lost on 9/11 and that no matter how many things people disagree upon, we can still unite.
On the other hand, I am saddened. Easter was just last week, so the message of the season is still fresh in my mind: Jesus died for every one of us… even Osama Bin Laden. And how dare we sing and cheer about the death of another human being… one that Jesus loved just as much as he loves Mother Theresa or a newborn baby. OBL will surely be judged, but it’s none of our business. Somewhere, he has a mama or a sister or an aunt who’s hurting. Whose heart is empty and aching over the loss of him. That sounds hopelessly dramatic, I know… but it’s what’s on my mind.
And if I had another hand (everyone needs one now and then!) I’d place my fear on it. Just because he’s out of the picture doesn’t mean our issues with terrorism are anywhere near over. Doesn’t it stand to reason that he would have created a contingency plan? Wouldn’t it make sense for a leader with any shred of intelligence to designate a successor to carry on with his mission? And don’t you think his followers are gonna be mad as a cat in a bag and come after us with even more resolve? We cannot be so foolish to think that we’re safe now, just because he’s dead.
So where do we go from here? I surely don’t have a clue… but I’m thankful for those who are working so tirelessly to figure out the next step and for those who have worked equally as hard to get us where we are today. What I do know is that I will continue to pray fervently… for strength. For safety. For wisdom… and even for world peace 🙂