I realize this post is not something that I usually would blog about, but it’s something that I had to get off of my chest, and this seems the most appropriate place to do it. I’m really sorry if you disagree with putting this kind of thing on this blog. I really hope you don’t stop reading, but if you do, I understand. God can be very controversial, but that’s kinda what I love about him.
Would Jesus have killed Osama?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate America or support terrorists or anything like that, but the recent killing of Osama by the U.S. has left me questioning what I feel about the whole situation. The greatest commandment that God has given us is simple (or so it should seem): LOVE. I know that bin Laden and Al Qaeda did not show very much love at all in all of their terrorists attacks. In fact, I think that they are the complete opposite of love (and also God). However, I just don’t know how I feel about the huge celebration that is happening over his death.
It all comes down to some questions, how many deaths must a person cause for themselves to warrant being killed? Are all sins really equal in God’s eyes? What does Jesus have to say about this? All questions which really don’t have solid answers, which makes this whole situation really confusing for me. I don’t really know how to react because I don’t really know how Jesus would react.
I do know that Jesus put up with A LOT of terrible, horrible people when he was here on earth. Just after the word that Jesus had been born reached King Herod, he ordered all the boys ages 2 and under in Bethlehem be killed (Matthew 2:16-18). The Pharisees and Sadducees were constantly doing everything they could to prove Jesus wrong and convince people that they were the ones who knew and upheld the Old Testament law. There was also Saul, who violently preached against Jesus and was responsible for deaths, such as Stephan’s (Acts 7), who, of course, later was converted and renamed Paul. And I’m sure there are many others, but these are a few that stuck out immediately. Jesus never killed any of them.
I’m not saying Osama didn’t deserve death. He most certainly did, but the fact is, ALL humans deserve death. It’s so tricky to work around this truth. Clearly, most people in the world have not been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people like bin Laden was. But, the question I keep coming back to is, “What does God think of Osama?”. Based on the words of the Bible, I would have to say that in some way, God does love Osama. I know that, as humans, we really can’t understand why or how. But, based solely on what God says, I would have to say that is true. That is why I don’t really know how to respond to the recent events. I want to be happy because justice has been served (and we know that our God is a just God, he will punish those who do not repent). Osama took so many innocent lives and has left a trail of pain and suffering wherever his work was done. But, it also leaves me wondering if killing is ever right.
I’ll leave with a quote from Shane Claiborne: “When Jesus said love your enemies, I’m pretty sure He meant don’t kill them.”
This reflection is in no way meant to downgrade the U.S. or President Obama. It is merely the thoughts of a 20-something trying to discover what life means to her.