Monday, May 23, 2011

Osama, Part 2

Osama bin Laden's dead, and there was cheering and fist-pumping.

Why is that?

I want to look at a few reasons why there was a celebration of sorts when the news of bin Laden's death was announced early this month. Let's begin...

Sunday, May 22, 2011



What happened? Or, more to the point, what didn't happen?

Harold Camping has been predicting for some time that the world would be Raptured on May 21, 2011, at 6:00 PM local time. The event would be accompanied by massive earthquakes, opening of graves, and other signs of divine judgment.

It didn't happen. Harold Camping was wrong.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Osama, Part 1

Osama bin Laden is dead.

How does that make you feel?

Are you elated? Satisfied? Ambivalent? Proud to be an American? Conflicted? Devoid of emotion?

If so, you're in good company, based on what I've seen posted on forums and comment boards and op-ed pieces.

There seems to be a mood at once celebratory and sober. Even as we cheer the "bringing to justice" of a man who demonstrated just what evil looks like to our generation, we begin looking over our shoulders for a reprisal attack. Even as we feel pride in the precise actions of a SEAL team, we wonder what the right response is to the killing of another person.

There doesn't seem to be much unconditional satisfaction in this event.

I'd like to look at this moral ambiguity in more detail, from a Christian perspective, over the next few evenings. For now, I'll merely point out that it seems to exist.

We'll explore the cheering and chest-thumping in the next post.