I mourn deeply with the Iraqi and Afghani families who have suffered the loss of family members, homes, businesses, and infrastructure at our hands.
I mourn deeply with Guantanamo detainees who were denied due process, kept from their loved ones and livelihoods, tortured, neglected, and ignored in the name of victory and security.
I mourn deeply the fear, mistrust, suspicion, and division that have multiplied and multiplied from the initial violence, poisoning our communities, our rhetoric, our politics, and our foreign policy.
And I mourn the fact that the death of Osama bin Laden will ultimately resolve none of these, because resurrection, security, reconciliation, and peace are never found in another’s death, except in the case of the death of Jesus Christ.
Being imperfect in my faith, I do not mourn the death of Osama bin Laden, but neither can I celebrate.
“‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live….‘” – Ezekiel 33:11