If You’re Going to Dance On A Grave, Leave God Alone

May 01, 2011… Osama bin Laden is killed by a US military operation and his body dumped at sea.

I've not bothered to hide my pacifism. I believe in non-violence over war, and bringing people together rather than tearing them apart.

I have to say, it has been more difficult to love and understand fellow believers abusing Scripture and making derogatory remarks about a man's death, than it has been to love and understand 'the enemy'. Even children have wondered why adults are so happy because someone has been shot.

Believer claim that because God told David to kill Goliath (the bin Laden of the day), it justifies what we did.

No.

Since when has the US, Canada, the UK pledged love and allegiance to YAWEH?

They haven't.

Other passages out of Proverbs, Ezekiel, Romans and Revelation have come out, but the fact of the matter is: we killed a man. Whether you agree with pacifism or not, the man was assassinated in cold blood and mysteriously dropped into the sea. And the killing has not ceased, nor has the war. Even those who stand for Just War cannot look at what has happened and be happy. Justice was not served.

God loves Osama bin Laden. Enough to die for him. I am in no way in a position to judge where he is now, since the Bible is clear who judges eternal destiny: Christ. And Jesus I am not. I know what he did and I understand the anger. I think of Josef Kony and what he's done to hundreds of thousands of small children… of Mubarek… of Obama… of Harper. If we are going to claim God divinely places governments into power (as some have based on Romans 13:1-5), then all leaders are on an equal playing field. Ouch.

If you are a believer, I implore you to seek the love we claim we believe in. This super-nationalism disguised as spiritual "God is on our side" attitude is showing only a sad testament to believers around the world. 

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  1. carlton carver

    The US could not go in without the real possibility that Bin Laden would be killed. To passively go in hoping he’d surrender was impossible. It was either not have the mission or go in shooting back at shooters. One thinks that some would have us get outside the gate and ask for him to surrender. Such was not possible and they would not have surrendered. The mission had to proceed with lightening speed. So to say that he should not have been killed is to say we should not have gone there in the first place

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  2. Erin

    Carlton, I think you are confusing passivity with pacificism. They are quite different. But you do bring a vaild point: “to say that he should not have been killed is to say we should not have gone in the first place”. Food for thought. Perhaps the US should not have been there in the first place… decades ago.

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