I am sure you have been sucked into the news  coverage and FaceBook updates about the report of the death of Osama Bin Laden tonight.  It started just as I should have been going to bed, so I’ll probably cut it short soon, but I am sure we will continue to hear much more about this.

My initial reaction to the news was, frankly, happiness.  It didn’t quite motivate me to join my neighbors outside in singing or even any crowing on the internet, but it certainly seemed like a pleasant development for the evening.  I also hope that those who have been involved in the military actions and intelligence that made this possible feel gratified at this success.  Certainly, if it could bring any peace to family and friends of those killed in the 9/11 attacks or the following wars, that would be great.

But: isn’t it a little sick to be so happy at someone’s death?  We could easily argue, I think, that it was a necessary death, but should followers of Christ actually revel in the death of Osama Bin Laden?