At the fear of the humiliation of joining the countless hoards that feel the need to weigh and evaluate the actions of America over the past week I was struck with a thought this afternoon.
The underlying question that seems to keep surfacing during this whole mess, and yes that is what it is, no matter if you agree with what happened or not, either way war is messy. The underlying question seems to be two-fold.
1) Is God pleased with the death of Osama Bin Laden?
2) How should Christians react to the news? i.e. happy, sad, justified, relieved etc.
I don’t know.
That’s it, I don’t.
Here is the thing, neither does anyone else.
No matter how smart we think we are, no matter how justified we feel by the passages of scripture that we have hand-picked to fit our opinion, (isn’t it scary how you can make scripture say what ever you want), at the end of the day we have no idea how God feels about this. For years upon years people have been trying to dissect how God feels and if God is for or against these gray areas of life.
I do not want to be a bandwagon hater but social networking over the past 24 hours has exhausted me. A constant stream of self-serving opinions and damnation has been spewed out at an alarming speed.
This is not new though. Check out the story of Job. Something significant happened in Job’s life. It changed who he was, and how he viewed his life, the life of those around him, and God.
For 37 chapters Job’s social network gathered around him and each weighed in on how he should feel about what happened. And then chapter 38 happens. Go ahead and go read that now here.
Translation? I’m God. You will never know everything about me no matter how hard you try or how hard you study, and you would do well to keep quiet about what you think you know about me.
Here is the cold hard fact. What happened happened. God is sovereign. This did not surprise him, nor does he need us to know how he feels about it. Two things need to happen in light of it.
1) Continue to pray for our country and her leaders.
2) Pray for the families of the victims, this includes the family and friends of Osama Bin Laden.
Beyond that anything else we attempt to convey as needed truth, I fear, in the end, may set us trembling before a sovereign God who will hold us accountable for our idle opinions and ideas.
Pray hard, pray long, and then be quiet.