A Note about the Death
- O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 816).
- Osama bin Laden has been killed. There's lots of commentary out there in the news, on Facebook, Twitter, and people's blogs. The commentary as a whole is conflicted - in fact, many people individually say they feel conflicted about this. I've seen more than a few Biblical quotes, from Jesus telling us to love our enemies to the Proverb about not to rejoice when the enemy falls to "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord." Several people have quoted the former professor of preaching at Emory, Fred Craddock, saying, "Christians are not allowed to dance on the graves of their enemies." A number of folks on Twitter have been retweeting a statement by Harry Waizer, a survivor of 9/11, who said, "I just can't find it in my heart to be glad one more person is dead, even if it is Osama bin Laden."
- I feel the way Harry Waizer does. I am mindful of all those who have died all over the world because of this man and his followers. I mean no disrespect to their memories if I do not rejoice at this death; we do not rejoice about any death. We pray for the dead, whoever they are. I was disheartened to see people dancing in the streets in what looks like a frat party or a "We're Number One!" demonstration. In my own mind, bin Laden's death is yet another scene in the cycle of violence that the whole world has embraced. He lived and died by the sword. He had much blood on his hands. He's not the only one. May God have mercy upon him; may God have mercy upon all who have died; may God have mercy upon us all.
- Pray for peace, pray for healing, pray that some day we will finally beat our swords into ploughshares and not study war any more.