So, in case you’ve been hiding in a cave (pun intended) you’ve heard that Osama Bin Laden is dead. I happened to be on twitter last night when the news broke. In fact, because I don’t have tv, that’s the only source I received the news from.
I’ll be honest, my first thought was, “So?” Followed closely by a “Man. That’s kind of sad.” So I was a little disturbed when Twitter erupted in Christian celebration over the news. E. Rupted.
Hear me out, I don’t think I’m being terribly naive or an idealist to not be personally offended by 9/11. I think it was terrible, destructive, painful and down right bad.
My life has been directly and indirectly shaped by the events of that day. Husband joined the Air Force not very long before Sept 11th, 2001 and we had just arrived at our first base. The events of that one day would affect the rest of his military career. He did two tours in the war. He missed the first 6 months of my pregnancy with Four Year Old. He has a bullet in his wallet to this day that nicked his ear while he was not wearing a helmet.
And let me tell you, folks: Post Traumatic Stress is a real thing. He has suffered greatly from night terrors, paranoia, the inability to be in crowds. The inability to have anyone (including me) near his head/face, or to touch him unexpectedly. And there have been worse consequences that I won’t share today.
But did my war-torn veteran wish Bin Laden dead? No.
In fact, his war-time caused him to have to cling so closely to God that he eventually left the military. He could no longer justify aiding in the killing of enemies when God has called us to love them – and save them. And so we have spent the last two years working towards the goal of moving our entire family to the place where Bin Laden breathed his last to spread Good News. Not bad.
Because we follow a Jesus who said:
Even Jesus did not curse the very hands that nailed him to the cross. He said, “Father forgive them, because they know not what they do.”
Am I saying the crimes are equal? No. Am I saying the fanning of the flames is the same? Absolutely.
You know “they” equate America with Christianity, right? And their news and religious leaders tell them that we hate them. That we want to kill all of them. That we want to take over their countries.
So, please – Christians – let’s not give them any more reason to reject our love, our beliefs, and our God. Our actions here affect the missionaries over there. And I hope to be one of them one day. So don’t make my job harder, okay?
Because, frankly, Jesus died for Bin Laden, too.
And those in the snare of the enemy know not what they do. So please, join me in praying for those who persecute us. And blessing those who curse us. And loving even our enemies.