Justice and Hate

I’m not sad that Osama bin Laden is no longer with us. I do not mourn his absence from our world. But the general response to his death has disturbed me, and I just have to say this.

I am generally pretty nonpolitical, mostly because I’m not confident enough in my ideas to take a stand on them. I know no political jargon, and I’m pretty sure Sasha Obama could easily defeat me in a debate on any global issue. But what I do know is that Jesus died for Osama bin Laden just as much as he died for me. And although he was a horrible, horrible, terrible, awful, murderous man who will not be missed on Earth, God mourns the death of his soul.

Earlier this afternoon, I put a Martin Luther King Jr. quote on facebook that said, “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.” No one has commented on it directly, but I have seen some folks talking about the difference between hate and justice as if to say that bin Laden got what he deserved, and rejoicing in that justice does not qualify as hate. Perhaps. If that’s what you’re doing, then I absolutely agree. Justice is always right and good.

But let’s be careful not to justify hate by calling it something else. And let us not forget the justice that has mercifully not been done to us.

To those who found and brought earthly justice to Osama bin Laden – thank you. To the men and women of the United States armed forces – thank you for your tireless and selfless service. I cannot say enough how grateful we are for you, and I wish you safety and success in everything you do for us. I mourn the loss of those who have given their lives to protect us, I grieve with their family members who are trying to pick up the pieces and carry on, and I pray for those in the field and at home.

But I do not rejoice in eternal death, even in that of an enemy. I’m glad that bin Laden can no longer harm anyone, but I wish he’d known a better way, and I feel sorry for him that he never did and never will.

Author: beth

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1 thought on “Justice and Hate”

  1. I totally agree with you. Osama bin Laden’s death almost comes as a footnote and a very hollow “victory” when you consider that over 54,000 Americans were either killed or wounded since the conflict began. I hope that now that he is dead, troops will be brought home.

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