The first thing that strikes me is how I found out about the death of Osama Bin Laden I logged onto Facebook and read it on everybody's status. THEN I turned on the news. This is what life is like today.
It was on Twitter that I was subjected to all tweets quoting "Love your enemy" blah blah blah. I was even scolded because I made joke about Trump wanting a death certificate. Sorry I thought it was funny - so did most of my Facebook friends. Another thing I learned. I have more uptight friends on Twitter than Facebook.
It's all very easy to quote Jesus about loving your enemy when you are not responsible for protecting an entire country against someone who would destroy the nation. I know my history. And Christians were pacifists UNTIL they were in charge. Then it was more complicated. It seems to me only Amish get to be real pacifists. And even their freedom to not participate in this society is protected by people who are willing to kill our enemies.
I don't rejoice in the death of Bin Laden or anybody. But I surely am not going to cry over it. Nor am I not going to make jokes. And it did make me feel good to see Americans pulling together and spontaneously gathering and celebrating, even if it was the death of a human being. Yes some of it was about revenge, plain and simple. But I think of it was relief and a sense that in some way, this brings 9/11 to some sort of close.
Bin Laden was a symbol of our weakness, our vulnerability. Of course we are kidding ourselves to think this is the end of terrorism. And there will no doubt be reprisals.
And when the crowds dissipate it will be life and bickering as usual. And we will have to confess that we are weak and vulnerable. But those people spouting "Love your enemies" are just as arrogant and they need to show a little love and forgiveness for those sinners who relish a little revenge. Because life is complicated.