Should Christians Celebrate the Killing of Bin Laden?

In a word no.  But I must confess that my first reaction to the news was an enthusiastic, finally!

I am such a poor Christian.

While elation at the death of a man who was responsible for the evil deeds of 9/11 is understandable, Christians should be repelled by the images flashing across our television screens, and news paper web sites, of rejoicing in the main streets of America.

A man was killed. A man. Not a monster. Osama was created in the image and likeness of God.  Yes that sacred image was grossly distorted by his evil deeds, but the image remained.  Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden committed monstrous atrocities as human beings.   There are no monsters in our midst.

His killing might very well be justified under Catholic Just War doctrine, but I can not as faithful Christians celebrate the taking of human life.

And I certainly can not wish that anyone, no matter how evil their actions, ends up in hell for all eternity.

But I should pray for Osama’s eternal soul.  Christ demands that I forgive my enemies.   Hate is a destructive force. It eats away at the soul.

I have written about forgiveness here and here.  Forgiveness is not easy. It takes courage and virtue and most of all God’s grace.

I pray, therefore,  for Osama that he will receive mercy even though he showed no mercy for his victims.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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7 Responses to Should Christians Celebrate the Killing of Bin Laden?

  1. Susan Swehla says:

    I find it enlightening that so many are “rejoicing” over a death. Granted in the worlds eyes and my own that Osama was evil however as Catholic Christians are we not called to pray? We ourselves did the unconscionable by putting the Son of God to death and yet God forgave us. Was this not Divine Mercy Sunday? Am I anti-war monger? No, my father and husband are both retired Marines. Also coming to mind, are who are we to talk, when we continue day to day kill our most defenseless.


  2. Susan Swehla says:

    You know Susan, you and I are going to catch a lot of heck for out views and belief. Oh well, tis the hard road!


  3. Susan Kehoe says:

    Hi Susan, I know. Yes indeed it is the hard road.


  4. The Former Atheist, Now Christian says:

    Perhaps the best post I have ever read, period. Praise and glory be to God.


  5. Susan Kehoe says:

    Thank you former Atheist!


  6. LeAnn says:

    I have been ashamed watching the news and seeing the celebrations of the death of a primary terrorist. I am glad that the hunt is over, I am glad that we did not drag his body through the streets in Pakistan or hang his head on a post a la Nero. But I am ashamed at the behavior at fellow Americans. I was disgusted and very upset when I would see people in other countries rejoice and find happiness in the death of a marine or an army ranger or even a journalist. Can we not take the high road and act better than that?

    Thank you for posting something equal to what I have been feeling.


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