Osama and forgiveness
Osama is dead.
While most people I know are cheering over the recent new headlines and making funny jokes about his death, I have very mixed feelings on the topic.
Before I go on with my thoughts, I think I should put the disclaimer out that I do know what Iím saying, Iím not horribly uniformed, and I do understand what I am saying. These are my opinions and my feelings, and just as you are entitled to yours, I am entitled to mine.
I look at the people around me, cheering, joking, and talking about how wonderful this isÖand a part of my heart breaks. Yes, he was a horrible man, with the blood of many of his hands. I suppose if anyone ďdeservedĒ to die, it might be him. But by that logic, shouldnít we all be in hell with him.
Part of me wonders what would have happened to this man if instead of all of the Christians taking torches to him, we would have prayed for him, and lifted him up. Iím not saying not Christians have done this, but I am guilty of not doing so, and feeling the remoras of it now.
I understand what this man has done to the world, the terror he unleashed on it. But somehow, I canít rejoice in the fact that he is (more than likely) in the lake of fire as I type this. And what breaks my heart even more is that it would have been just as easy for him as any of us to be walking on the streets of gold.
We hear so often that God grace covers anything. Perhaps we even tell that to our friends when we are talking about Jesus with them. But when this man dies all of the sudden we are saying ďHe deserved to die! He deserves to be in hell!Ē Donít we all?
I would also like to say that this is not directed towards anyone I know. Iím not looking to start an argument. Iím just stating my thoughts and feelings on the subject. While I know this opinion might not be a popular one to have, it is mine. If everyone else is posting theirs, I figure I might as well post mine.
Perhaps it is too little too late, but I for one will be praying for those directly affected by his death. And those he has gotten to think like him.
There is always a Osama. There was Hitler, way back in the day Saul, and judging from history there will be another. I will be praying for the one Satan is trying to condition for this now, and praying that God intervenes.
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