“It’s a good day for Americans”

Almost 10 years ago, our world was shaken by the attacks of 9-11. I don’t need to go into detail about the fallout from those dreadful attacks. The man hunt began for Osama bin Laden soon after. Last night, we all learned of his death.

My thoughts:

I’m mad. I’m really ticked off that he was living in a mansion in a nice town instead of hidden in some dirty hole on the side of a mountain. He was eating food from a grocery store instead of bugs from the desert. I hope he enjoyed the luxury these last few years. I believe that is the last mansion he will ever see.

I’m mad he has so many devoted followers in Al Qaeda around the world. He is a coward. He was living comfortably while asking his followers to risk their lives on the battlefield. When the Navy SEALS invaded his compound, he held his wife in front of him as a shield. What kind of man does that? You’re the bad guy. Save your wife, take responsibility. Cowboy up!

I’m mad at everyone assuming that people are rejoicing in the death of a human. No matter what the event, someone, some people, always have to play devil’s advocate. That really burns me. Bin Laden does not need your sympathy. He was an evil man set out to destruct the good in this world. As a Christian, we know from the Bible, we do not rejoice in death, but we do have hope in justice. The righteous will have peace. Outside of a christian perspective,our moral compasses, as humans, know right from wrong. We also understand justice, not revenge. We do not know, at this point, whether he was killed out of self defense of our military or if the mission was death. I presume they were told capture if possible, kill if necessary-that is what dead or alive means. I also presume he went down with a fight. He could have thrown his arms in the air to surrender. He could have costs our military more money and manpower in keeping him safe while in custody. That’s honestly what I expect he would have done had he known we were coming. What about the military trial? What about all the implications of capturing him? I’m thankful he saved us all the trouble.

I’m not sad he died. I’m sad THOUSANDS of people died because of every attack Bin Laden administered and every soldier and casualty that have died because of the war he started. Bin Laden got his glory here on earth. That was exactly what he wanted. Death, destruction, and the western world’s economy hanging by threads. Bin Laden, you may have won a battle or two, but we will win the war.

I don’t hate Bin Laden. I wish he had used those passions and intelligence gifts he possessed toward good. Had he known Jesus, what a different world this would be. I hate war. Is it necessary, yes. In this fallen world full of sinners. It is absolutely necessary.

Where do we go from here? Al Qaeda will plan attacks in defense of their leader. The war on terror is not over until there is not another terrorist. It’s gonna be a while…..I pray for all of our safety and for the intelligence forces around the world.

I cannot imagine what is and was going through the minds of those Navy SEALS. I imagine them sitting in a tent somewhere in the middle east having a beer right about now. But really, what courage and honor. The coolest part…. they wont get credit for years. Their personal security is at such a high risk from retaliation, we may never know who their names. They don’t do it for the glory.

If you don’t know me and my political views, I’m not Obama’s biggest fan.  Despite any party or political affiliation, I’m giving credit where credit is due. Mr. President, good call on this one. Thank you!

Something really awesome…. as a side note…. social media. I am extremely fascinated by the people in Pakistan, unknowingly, tweeting through the raid on Bin Laden’s compound. There’s a story for the grandkids. “Hey little Betty, one night after midnight I was sitting in bed hearing these helicopters…. turns out the US killed bin Laden right down the street.” “Grandpa, why did you live so close to the bad guy.”

A message to those anti-war folks…. nevermind. If you can’t say anything nice, dont say anything at all. 🙂

I pray for everyone affected by this event. I pray for economies around the world. I thank God for justice and peace.

Friday, a prince married his princess, a groom-his bride. On Sunday a tyrant’s rule ended. Some call it a fairy tale. I call it how God works! I could get into the biblical analogies, but I think you all get it.

Reading through Proverbs today….

Proverbs 3: 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 6: 16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 8: 35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the LORD.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 11: 10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

19 Truly the righteous attain life,
but whoever pursues evil finds death.

Proverbs 12: 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous stands firm.

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 21:  15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.

Proverbs 24:  17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,