Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Rejoice Not

"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth" Prov. 24:17

I've thought a lot about this post throughout yesterday.  I feel sick at heart and know that, as my conscience stands, something—however inefficacious—must be said.

So, Osama bin Laden is dead.  Maybe.  They say they buried him at sea.  Maybe.  But I'm not as naive as I used to be and even a child could be forgiven for questioning this account of events.

But that is not my point today.  I am ashamed of the way this subject has been greeted throughout the day by the news-media—in particular the radio, of course, in my case.

We were told that hundreds of Americans greeted the news by spontaneous public gatherings, waving flags, and singing the national anthem.  The president of the United States told them, "Justice has been done!" and world leaders have been echoing the same sentiment all day.

I want to say, How dare they!  This is justice?  How is this justice?  Revenge, certainly, but justice, never.

This is vigilante justice.  How we demean ourselves and expose our basest feelings: shoot a man through the head and claim justice has been done ... I say, with all the power of the Word of God behind me that this is wrong!

Didn't Jesus tell us how we should deal with our enemies and those that mistreat and despitefully use us?  Didn't he give us the supreme illustration by living what he preached?  Haven't we had a few examples of real Christianity in our midst—people who lived the same life?  What about Leo Tolstoy?

Remember the Amish schoolhouse shooting tragedy of a few years ago: the amazing thing about that community's reaction was the forgiveness extended to the killer and his family.  Have we forgotten that we will be shown the same mercy we show others?

We, as a culture, and our western so-called Christians nations have missed yet another opportunity to demonstrate what really makes Christianity different from Islam but we have failed miserably and we will reap the results of that failure.

4 comments:

  1. Good point and well said. When is mankind in general and christendom in particular going to /grow up/ and start understanding how life works.

    Repaying evil for evil and violence with violence is NEVER going to bring peace, much less justice as you said. Peace isn't killing all your enemies.

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  2. I agree 100% with your post but would like to remind you that the U.S. was not the only nation to celebrate Bin Laden's death - http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2011/05/02/18091376.html

    As Mandy said on FB - "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice" ~Proverbs 24:17. Let us pray in this time and hope for peace, reconciliation, and new beginnings.

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  3. Sorry...I didn't see, to begin with that you started your post with the very same Scripture passage...silly me. Oh, well, at least we are both agreeing on the Word of God!

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  4. Regarding 'Rejoice Not', I could not agree with you more.

    Retribution prior to any sort of trial or medical examination. Perhaps the misguided man was mentally unbalanced. We'll never know now as the US State which purportedly adheres to Christian values has taken the law into it's own hands and the consequences of this action will inevitably affect those genuine Christians spreading God's word throughout the lands.

    And yes, to see people rejoicing, even if they were families of 9/11 victims, was incomprehensible and nauseating.

    Kind regards,
    Billy

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