Christians Should Weep for Bin Laden

The day after  the death of  Bin Laden, I wrote a post, Should Christians  Celebrate the Death of Bin Laden?”  No. Christians should never rejoice when a human being, made in the image and likeness of God, dies.

Jim Tighe , a deacon candidate, lost a brother on 9/11.  Yet he is not celebrating Bin Laden’s death (H/T Deacon Greg):

“As a disciple of Christ, my life is given to his work. It is the work of bringing people into the light, not condemning them to the darkness. Osama Bin Laden was always easy to condemn into the darkness. On this issue, it is easier to go with the Philadelphia headline “Got the Bastard,” then it is to follow the words of Christ. But I’m going with Christ. This is, as best we know, a lost soul. Nothing to cheer about. That’s not what we do.

This is no way a defense of the man. He chose to live in the darkness. Any condemnation comes not from God but from his own choosing, just like the rest of us. He got what he chose, life in the darkness.

When Christ wept for Lazarus, I’m betting he wept for Bin Laden and people like him as well as for all of us who ultimately face death. I bet he wept for them because of the terrible pain caused by their own choice to remain in the darkness. Do I feel a change now that my brother’s murderer has been found? Yes, but it’s not that false “closure” stuff, but rather a deeper look at my own life and the light and darkness within.”

Read his post and pray for him as he approaches his ordination in May.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry and I have been married 39 years. But the deacon’s wife gig is a new twist. Larry was ordained in August of 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is ten and the youngest is three. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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One Response to Christians Should Weep for Bin Laden

  1. news feed says:

    Hello.This article was really motivating, especially since I was looking for thoughts on this issue last Thursday.

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