I have been saddened by the killing that is going on throughout the world in the name of Jesus, Allah, Hindi, State, etc.
I am also saddened by all the rejoicing in the west over the death of Bin Laden. For me his death doesn’t signify a time of rejoicing; rather it should be a time of sombre reflection and sadness coming from grief. Not because of the loss of a great man, rather because it is the loss of another human.
When I read the OT scriptures I am taken back to where we read the first account of the murder of another human. The story is that of Cain and Able. Cain murdered his brother and God called him to account. Cain cried questioned God through saying, “Am I my brothers keeper” something to which God replied “Yes you are!”
The death of any human – should never be a time of rejoicing. War should not be glorified and sensationalised: for the simple fact is it deserves neither. Yes, it is true that in war we do see acts of bravery under extreme circumstance…and we also see those type of actions in times of peace also.
Cain was not punished by God with retributive death. God would not allow others to celebrate in the death of Able and nor did he allow others to celebrate or take revenge on Able through the taking of Cain’s life. The simple truth is that revenge never fulfils its purpose – rather it leaves an emptiness and sourness in ones life.
Will the world be a much better place without Bin Laden? This is a question I cannot answer and nor do I believe anyone else can answer either. The fact that he stands for an organisation and religious order that allows, commemorates, celebrates , promotes and glorifies death in its many formats – should be cause for us to stop, think and reflect on our own actions.
It bears reflecting on that no matter how seriously we sin – under God’s standards we all are lumped together. For we all have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory. The worst kind of murder in our history was that of God’s son – Jesus Christ. Who came to reconcile us to God so we could walk in his ways of mercy, grace and forgiveness of our own sinfulness. We killed him on the cross and he rose to life 3 days later for death could not hold him back.
Bin Laden stands for grief. His death should not be a time of celebration – rather it should be a time of sombre remorse for what the world is becoming and how we think of, act towards each other. There has already been too much death, killings and murders of we who are made in the image of God.
Indeed it is a time of sadness – that this is what we have become. So I say – lets not rejoice over the death of any – rather join in the celebration of the angels whom celebrate in the heavenly realm for every sinner who turns their life over to Jesus – admitting and asking him to forgive them for all the wrongs we have done.