Today, I feel that it is more worth it. Like I have mentioned before, if you disagree with me and choose to verbalize so, please do! Please be respectful in any private e-mails to me or any comments you may leave. Please be respectful to other commenters as well, for their opinions are just as valuable as mine. We may not all see eye to eye, but we can all agree to disagree on these situations.
Last night was a very unsettling moment in our nations history. Our situation in the war has not always been popular or agreed with. I have not always agreed with the war situation, but I have always supported our troops and the men that are following the orders from our Commander in Chief. Our soldiers carry out orders, and should not be punished for the decisions on the war that you or I may not agree with. If you are a soldier, married to a soldier, or have any connections to soldiers, please thank them from the bottom of my heart today.
The announcement from the President sent our nation in an uproar of emotions. I personally do not feel relief in the announcement. I feel anxiety of retaliations and the potential exacerbation of the troubles overseas due to the announcement.
I do, however, feel relieved the search is over. Our local news stations have been covering a violent act over the past few weeks that have left many members in our community making statements regarding hopes of the death penalty for this particular situation. No matter the dangerous individual, I find relief when they are prevented from causing further harm. No matter the dangerous individual, I find relief when they are prevented from causing further harm. I do not feel that the prevention HAS to be death. The death of another is never reason to celebrate.
I don't keep my Christian faith a secret, and I find it against my Christian beliefs to celebrate the death or fall of any other individual. While I find happiness in the protection of others, I do not find happiness, excitement or relief that another human has been killed. I found it horribly sad to see so many statements released via news media, twitter, facebook, and other sources of people celebrating his death, not the situation. I found it horrifying to watch the streets in Washington becoming flooded with individuals chanting statements to celebrate the death. A good bloggy friend (and facebook friend) of mine put it best this morning and I want to paraphrase her remarks. We were so horrified to watch the people in other lands celebrate the deaths of thousands during the September 11 attacks, but somehow found it appropriate to celebrate the death that was announced last night? The victory is not in the death, it is not a situation of "he had it coming" or "he got what he deserved." Since when is it our place to decide what other individuals deserve?
The most disturbing aspect was a statement on CNN last night. One individual was interviewing via telephone and stated, "I hope to God he rots in hell." Any believer in God, heaven and hell having these types of feelings towards another truly sadden me. I wish the fury of hell on no one, but rather hope with all I have that any individual facing death made his peace with God prior to his death so that he may have everlasting life. It is not, nor will ever be, my place to decide who should and should not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I am grateful that I will not have to make those judgements, and leave those up to the Lord when the day comes. As a Christian, I hope that all individuals create their peace with God (in any manner that they believe, not my way) prior to death. I wish hell on no one. I wish death on no one. I do not celebrate the death of others.
"Tell them, 'As sure as I am the living God, I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live. Turn your life around! Reverse your evil ways! Why die, Israel?" Ezekiel 33:11
Praying for peace.
Praying for peace.