Ever since an American Navy Seal shot Osama bin Laden, Americans have been torn between celebrating the death of a man who has done many evil things, and remembering Christ’s call for us to love our enemies. Everytime I think about it I always end up saying, “Jesus calls us to love everyone and forgive our enemies…but it is pretty undeniable that the world is better off without Osama bin Laden.” As with almost every sin, it is our world nature and human affiliation that is the cause. It is not my place to say the world is better off without anyone, because we are all created in God’s likeness and are all His creation. I am wrong thinking I know what is best for the world and assuming I am better or more moral than anyone else. Our call to be like Christ is nonnegotiable and absolute. We are supposed to do what Christ would in every single situation, not just the easy ones.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.