Justice: A Reason to Rejoice?
Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks has been killed. Last night President Obama declared, “On nights like this one, we can say to those families who lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: justice has been done.”
How do we respond to this news? Last night as I watched my New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, fans in the stadium chanted “USA! USA!” Crowds were jubilant outside of the White House. The United States had finally found Osama bin Laden and killed him. Justice had been done.
As I watched Twitter during Obama’s statements last night, it was interesting to see what followers of Christ were tweeting. They were quoting statements like this from Jesus:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbort and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:43-45).
How do we respond as followers of Christ to the news of bin Laden’s death? How do we love our enemies yet rejoice that justice has been done? Is it even right to rejoice in the fact that justice has been done? This whole event raises interesting questions about justice and our response to governments enacting justice.
What do you all think? How should followers of Christ react to this news?