Jonathan Herron: How I'm Reacting to the Death of Osama Bin Laden as a Christ-Follower

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When I heard the news, I was very skeptical of our governments words. I thought it was all a hoax then soon realized that it wasn't. I got on Facebook a few short minutes later & was disheartened when I saw many of my friends & family celebrating the death of Bin Laden. I know they feel justice has been served, but where is that line drawn and who's the one authorized to draw that line? The whole justice pill is very hard for me to swallow because as a Christian, God wants me/us to forgive those who have done wrong to me/us. Maybe I just need a better understanding of it all?!

Tammy Nicol

I haven't posted on this subject yet because I wasn't sure what my reaction should be...I loved reading this point of view.

Lola Flores

well put, I know it is a mixed bag of emotions for our country.

Sara Linder

Thanks for posting. A lot of my peace-loving Christian fb friends were doing the "shame on you" thing the ones who were rejoicing over bin Laden's death. I understand that we shouldn't be "dancing on his grave" and whatnot, but it was bothe...ring me that these same people were seeming to ignore that justice has been served and since we serve a God who is just, shouldn't we be rejoicing when evil is overcome? You put it in a really good perspective that kind of settled my conflict over this whole thing and alieved my guilt for feeling some sense of relief in the whole thing. I don't know if this makes sense... :)

Libby Bohley

Thanks for having the courage to post this awesome blog. We are held to a higher standard when we choose to follow Christ and you really hit the nail on the head. Our feelings should be two-fold.

Liz Whiskeyman

I agree with Tammy - I had to take a step back and look at all the reactions of others because I just wasn't sure how to react. When I saw it on the news for the first time, my initial thought was "they took off the last 15 minutes of my show to tell us that?" I mean, really, I have always thought the media goes wild over the smallest thing. Yet - except for the day of and day after the tornado's in the southern US... I haven't heard anything more. It frustrates me that people will jump for joy and celebrate the death of a terrorist when, while Bin Laden may have been the "leader" of the attacks - he had many followers. The death of one man does not mean the end of terrorism. I certainly don't mean to sound as if I'm being unsympathetic towards the victims of 9/11, but I personally don't know that "an eye for an eye" is cause for celebration. Thanks for posting this!

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