Monday, May 2, 2011

Muddled thoughts on the big news

I'm trying to find balance today.

I want to rejoice because in some inadequate way justice was served. I want to rejoice because a dangerous person can't make dangerous plans anymore.

I don't want to rejoice specifically in a human's death.

But it's all connected, and it's hard to sort it all out in my head.

I'll just say--I want a more peaceful world, and I hope that this action has taken us in that direction.

I think I can celebrate the courage of troops and acknowledge that very occasionally, killing is justified, without actually glorifying the death.

I want to seek justice, not revenge. And I'll admit, it's hard to seek the first without desiring the second.


Lara said...

Well put. I've been a bit put off by some of the hateful responses Christians have had to this.

Bobbi said...

Agreed... I don't want to celebrate a man's death. Its a hard line to walk.

Call Me Cate said...

Like many, I'm sure, Joe and I just had the same basic conversation. I'm glad this man has been found. I'm glad he can no longer lead this group. I have mixed feelings about his death and even more mixed feelings about what this means for our safety. I do hope it will be unifying for our country and disruptive to his followers. And that's about as far as I've sorted this morning.

LEstes65 said...

It was an interesting conversation to have with my kids. Trying to explain how I'm not rejoicing that a very lost person was killed. But I am content that an unrepentant murderer is no longer leading others. Of course, I didn't really go into the concept that this group is like shark teeth: there are hundreds more ready to step into the gap.

Bryan said...

Well put, now lets have a victory dinner! :P

Sandra said...

I agree totally, Beth. My emotions are mixed. I definitely feel that we may have cut the head off the serpent that was attacking us, and that's a good thing. But at the same time I don't like to celebrate a person's death. Very complex.