Searching God for Something Other Than A Knee-Jerk Reaction

I really don’t have time to write today.  But I must.  I feel compelled to write.  A different place than I was a few days ago when I didn’t want to write, but forced myself to sit down at the keyboard and type out a brief poem.

I feel compelled today because I am grieving.  Grieving over the reaction to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.  The celebrating in the streets.  The Facebook pictures of Bin Laden.  The comments on twitter.

I’m grieving because, celebrating the death of one created by God–regardless of what we think of that person’s life–doesn’t seem like the right response.  Ever.  I know he orchestrated the deaths of many, including the attacks on 9/11/2001 and gloated with his despise of Americans.  I know that he is credited as the leader of Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization.  I know he plotted the killing of friends and family members of many.

I get the knee-jerk reaction.  Of “finally.”  And, “what a relief.” But, celebrating death by public gathering, flag-waving, and shouting in the streets is beyond my understanding.

I find myself searching God for an answer.  A proper response.  I turn inward. I look upward.  I seek God’s face in silence.  You know the righteous.  You are the judge of all.  Forgive us our transgressions.

The response I sense in those quiet moments with God are these.   Just love.  Love deeply. Leave the rest to Me.


Posted on May 2, 2011, in Faith, family, God, Grace, love and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I read this and thought it might help what you are feeling and trying to live……

    Redemption Blog
    Response to Bin Laden’s Death
    May 2, 2011 by Luke Simmons

    • Nanc –
      Thanks for directing me to that post. It was another good perspective. I’ve read several today that take various viewpoints. I think it’s important to consider different perspectives and, as a Christian, to grapple with what is Biblical.
      Love ya,

  2. I thought I was alone in my dismay at the celebrations. So relieved to know I’m not.

    • Galen,
      Thanks for the comment. I wondered myself, but I just had to write. I realize there are different perspectives and some folks will disagree where I have landed on this one. — Godspeed, Elizabeth

  3. I share your thoughts! a celebration seemed wrong on so many levels.

    • Claudia-
      Thanks for the comment. As I said to Galen above, it is easy to wonder if you are alone in your feelings. But, I do realize there are different perspectives, too.
      –Godspeed, Elizabeth

  4. Elizabeth, My son came home from school today and said it was a good day, except that his math teacher wanted to talk about the death of bin Laden. Talking about it, my son said, made him feel a little sick to his stomach because he didn’t want to celebrate someone dying, even if it was someone like bin Laden. I was so proud of him to take that stance.

    I also saw this verse from Proverbs 24 posted on Facebook, which I thought was a great Biblical response to the situation:

    17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
    18 or the LORD will see and disapprove
    and turn his wrath away from them.

    Thanks for writing this. It was a wonderful confirmation of what I have been feeling. Peace, Linda

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