osama. dead.

In my musings by Antwuan Malone11 Comments

is God crying or clapping?

it’s official.

president obama has graduated from denzel washington’s “school of cool strides.”

last night, after delivering the news of osama bin laden’s death, ending with “… and God bless America.” my brother and i both noticed how cool obama’s stride was. the only thing missing theme music.  really, i think someone should make a video with some gangsta music playing as he walks away.

that would be hilarious. at least for me.

last night, i told my brother i wasn’t going to blog about osama’s death because i didn’t have anything to say. but alas, here i am.

the drive in to work meant i’d have a lot of time to think. especially since rain seems to kill traffic lights (makes no sense), prolonging the commute. so while staring at wet, glistening bumpers i got to thinking about how i should feel about osama’s death.

one large part of me feels excited and proud. “we got him!” Justice has been served! Go USA!

then another side asks, “how does God feel about the news?” is he clapping, or crying. is he proud or disappointed. happy or sad.

so i’m torn.

should i be happy that a tyrant, a man of evil has been removed from the world? or, should i be saddened that it’s likely he will lift his eyes in hell?

i certainly don’t think God is celebrating. so should i be?

it’s times like this where I wonder what Jesus really meant when he said “love your enemies…” it makes me ask, “how much love should i have for them.” is throwing a parade for their death violating that love?

i don’t know. i’m just asking questions… perhaps some of you have some ideas.

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Antwuan Malone is a Ministry Director at ELEVATE Young Adult Ministry (elevateministry.net) where empowers young adults toward Christian leadership. He is passionate about seeing young adults take their place in church history by drawing near enough to God to hear his call on their life, and courageously living in obedience to that call.
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jhone act
jhone act

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RevLady
RevLady

If there is indeed joy in heaven over one saved sinner, we may infer, I think, that there is sorrow over one lost sinner. The death of one who rejected the love and grace of God is cause for Christian grief. We cannot rejoice if we realize that our perception of justice, this side of heaven, is marred and distorted at best. Furthermore, we also must consider that God defines murder as any thought or feeling of deep seated hatred or malice against another person. In other words it is more than just a physical act that constitutes murder to God who tells us that “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” The heart of Osama bin Laden, Hitler and other human terrors seems to be alive and well in our neighborhoods and nation.

Candace
Candace

I don't mean to sound like an unpatriotic jerk, but I don't think there's anything to debate for Christians. If you prioritize, and put God's laws above American politics, then there's nothing worth rejoicing about the death of an unsaved soul. The whole ordeal is just sickening. Of course, I never felt relief or joy upon hearing the news. I was just bitter. I guess that makes it easy for me to point to the scripture and say "hey, God is not happy about this--just look at Proverbs 24:17." But reading yours and everyone else's comments is starting to make me wonder whether I'm right or not. Thank you for the post.

Rick Garner
Rick Garner

All the celebrations in the street remind me of how emotional we all are...and how we're not unlike the street revelers on 9/11. We were enraged seeing people in the Middle East dancing and clapping at our destruction. Now, while justice has been served - and of that I am glad - how likely are many enraged at our rejoicing? Death should only be celebrated if a person was a Believer. Then, why have a somber, mournful service? It's a celebration of life! But this is celebrating OBL's death to the point of Statue of Liberty pictures holding OBL's bloody severed head. God forgive us for we know not what we do.

Kass
Kass

Be careful in your post: you misstyped "Osama's death" for "Obama's death" and someone who hates Fox News will have your head on a platter! Disclaimer: I'm a proofreader and discovered Fox made the same mistake.

Lydia
Lydia

I blogged about this as well today: http://www.on-the-other-hand.com/celebrating-osam... I'm deeply uncomfortable celebrating anyone's death. Yes, Osama did some horrific things and I am happy and relieved that he will never be able to hurt anyone again. In no way am I excusing or ignoring any of the atrocities he was involved in during his life But it seems like the direct opposite of loving your enemies to react to this news with such glee. Osama no longer has the chance to atone for his actions. His death can never bring back the people he killed. It's such a final, terrible end to a life.

@antwuanmalone
@antwuanmalone

I agree. Honestly, it kind of takes to me to the question, "how much does God care about our Earthly lives?" Most of the time answering that questions leads to two extreme camps. You know, either he cares the same amount as we do, or he doesn't care at all. But I think we should be careful about those extremes. You are right though, it isn't an American things as much as it is... "should we celebrate anyone's death?" and if so, does that make us out of line with Jesus' command to love our enemy. Or, maybe the two can be reconciled. It is complicated. Let's see if other join the conversation.