Vengeance is Mine, Sayeth the Lord

I’m of a split mind today.  While the rest of the world is celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, I can’t in all honesty say that I feel all that celebratory.  What I do feel is relief, a bit justified and a quiet unrest that somehow when we put vengeance in our hands and out of God’s that we have made a great cosmic error that there will be a reckoning for .  I’m reminded of a theological argument with a friend of mine on whether or not, had we the opportunity, we would have assassinated Hitler.  I said I would not.   I think the fact that Hitler died in shame by his own hand prevented him being lauded throughout history as a martyr for his cause.  I can’t help but think it is a lack of faith in our God that we put his death in our own hands.  I think of how Saddam Hussein was put to death, and what a coward he turned out to be.  I kind of wish it were the same for bin Laden.  If we could have forced him to stand trial for his crimes, or at least had him take his own life to prove his cowardice, it might have had a greater impact for change.  That fact that his own wife was used as a shield to save him is such sad proof of his black nature.  He is dead and there will most likely be pay back from other terrorist groups.  I’ve been focusing on the sin of Eden, the arrogance of standing on an equal with God,  we should know better than to make that mistake again.  While I’m moved by the patriotism, I certainly don’t want to revisit the arrogance that an extreme patriotism can bring.  Might doesn’t bring right.  We are not invincible.  God is not exclusive to America.  I hope we can remember that as we move forward.

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