I’m by no means a sympathizer for the death of Bin Laden. I think it was vitally important that he be removed from power. And if death was the means of removal than so be it. I am extremely thankful to the men and women who serve our country and provide us with freedoms beyond what much of the world has ever experienced. I am extremely thankful but I’m also concerned.
I’m concerned about the aftermath of Bin Laden’s death.
I’m surprisingly disturbed by the Americans celebrating Bin Laden’s death in the streets. Waving our flags. Chanting USA! USA! USA!
I HATE war. I hate THIS war. I hate the celebration of death and the elated feeling of revenge. I hate the ugly cloud that hovers over us when we have an us versus them mentality. I hate that as much as we say this is not a religious war it has all the markings of one. How many times today ( and I don’t even watch the news much…in fact I found out about Bin Laden 16 hours after it was announced!) did I hear the words “God bless America” from our politicians? Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Donald Trump, and even President Obama all uttered the words, “God Bless America” in response to Bin Laden’s death. Mike Huckabee went as far as to say “Welcome to hell, Bin Laden”.
As a god believing American those words may be insignificant to you or empowering and meaningful to you but to those who don’t believe in that same god what is it saying? We are saying that it is OUR (the American christian god) that has blessed our nation over YOUR (the islamic muslim god) terrorist nation.
Those words, “God Bless America” will be played again and again to incite more hate and more resentment against the West. Against the nation that arrogantly pushes it’s western ideas and western god upon those who happily believe in Islam.
Still don’t believe we are trying to push christianity on them. Read these words from Bryan Fischer of American Family Association. He said the following on his Focal Point radio show.
“The only thing that will give us a shot at building a democracy in an Islamic land is a mass conversion of its people to biblical Christianity. So that means if we want to see freedom come to those darkened, benighted lands, we should be sending missionaries in right after we send in the Marines to neutralize whatever threat has been raised against the United States. So we say to them, look, if you don’t want our missionaries, fine, that’s your choice, we’ll take our missionaries and our Marines, we’ll take them home, but we’re gonna let you know we have no hesitation about returning with lethal force if the forces in your country threaten us again. This time it’s Marines and missionaries, next time it’ll be Marines and missiles.”
If those words had been uttered against christianity and the USA we would label them “the axis of evil.”
I understand that Bin Laden is an extreme of Islam and raises up a whole new level of hate against christianity but I still believe that this war has caused deep rooted hatred of christian against muslim and vice versa. And celebrating death, even evil death, seeds that hate even deeper. I say it again and again…we stop seeing each other as humans. We start labeling and defining based on skin color, religion, and borders. Our god is bigger and badder than your god. Our god has given us this victory and continues to bless our nation because we serve the one true god.
When we do that we are making this a holy war. A jihad. We are doing this every time we celebrate justice as a gift from god.
Please let’s just be thankful that Bin Laden has been removed from power and focus on bringing our troops home safely. Anything beyond that becomes arrogant and a breeding ground for more hate and more war.
Who really wants more of that?