This week President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed. I remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday. It wasn’t a fun day. I was in a plane, flying from Ft Lauderdale to Chicago, when the first tower was struck. I still remember being ordered out of our plane and eventually out of O’Hare airport. I was one of the lucky few who managed to rent a car. The 18 hour drive from Chicago to Denver was filled with all kinds of emotions. What if I had been on one of those planes? Before the end of the year I was diagnosed with shingles. The doctor said it was stress related.
I cannot say that I was ready to throw a party when I heard the news, but I did not shed any tears either.
How should people of faith respond when those who wish to do us harm are harmed?
Martin Luther King Jr. had an important perspective, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate; violence multiplies violence and toughness multiples toughness in a descending spiral of destruction."
I think that there is much wisdom in his words.