I don’t know about you but I squirmed when I first saw images of Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. Something about it was too eerily reminiscent of the Gaza strip Palestinian women dancing and celebrating after the attacks on 9/11. I thought of writing my reactions but didn’t want to add to all of the sound and fury already out there. And as with most news events, if you wait a little and by-pass much of the initial bluster, wisdom often shows her face.
Which is what happened this last week when I came across a piece that I think captured the matter so well. Surprisingly, it’s from a retired military chaplain, Rev. Herman Keizer. You might expect a U.S. Army Chaplain to baptize all things military – and you’d be dead wrong. Rev. Keizer has experienced the heat of battle, has lived long within the military machine as a witness to the gospel, and articulates in this Banner article a personally honest, very human, spiritually wise, and gospel saturated response. Pray for such gospel-rich responses among all Christians, regardless of nation or race.
You can read the article, “Reflections on the death of Osama bin Laden” here.