It’s a good day for the United States and all those who love peace, freedom and justice. I know that some are concerned by the spontaneous outbreaks of emotion, even joy that followed the break of this news last night. But we should be very clear about some facts.
Osama bin Laden was behind the deaths of thousands, both on 9/11 and at many other times over the past several years, including hundreds of muslims. Additionally, he was unrepentant of any of these acts. And for those who say we should not rejoice over the death of any of God’s children, bin Laden was not, as far as it can be known, one of God’s children. Yes, he was a creation of God, but his denial of Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior means that he is not a child of God. Finally, we should all rejoice when justice is served. There was no need for a trial, he claimed credit and was given credit. He was the acknowledged leader of that movement and received his just rewards for that life. Now he is serving final justice.
We don’t rejoice in vengeance, in the lack of repentance, or the grisly way in which he eventually came to meet the Maker. But we can rejoice in justice and in victory. We are in a war that was not our choosing in Afghanistan and we are in this war to win. Killing bin Laden is a major step toward victory.
To those who worry over the potential retaliation from muslim extremists: weren’t they already trying to kill us before we cared about bin Laden? Do you think they will now try harder than they have been? I think that those who live in hatred will use whatever motivation they can find to execute their plans. We can leave them alone and be hated for ignoring them. We can help and be hated for imperialism. We can defend ourselves and be hated for fighting. Killing bin Laden is just another part of this war and some will use if for their banner, but if it wasn’t that, it would be something else.