Osama Where Are You?
On this day in 2011 Osama (whose name I will not type) was killed by US Special Forces. How has the world changed since then? Vengeance or judgment was served perhaps. A warning to terrorists was given. An evil hated filled criminal was taken from the world stage. Yet, are we safer – are we better off? The families of the victims of 9/11 surely wanted their loved ones death avenged – who can blame them?
Here is the bottom line for me – the hearts of humans must change. Hate and violence can not be the way we settle problems. Violence multiplied is more violence. I believe that the love of God changes hearts one at a time and that as a Christian we will continue to share this reality with the world. Removing one evil person at a time is not nearly as effective as changing the heart of an individual from hate to love – love grows exponentially when that happens. When we learn to serve and when we treat each other and the world as something that belongs to God we become stewards and not masters – we are no longer owners but caretakers.
On this day when President Obama walked in front of the cameras to announce that the United States had removed a person who carried out a heinous crimes against humanity -there was dancing in the streets. Now as Christians let’s do the harder work of taking the message of freedom that comes from love and service in the name of the one who went to the cross to save humanity. Let’s keep changing the world one heart at a time.