Better that one man should die...
I've watched with interest since Sunday when Osama was killed. Facebook gives us such a great ability to share our opinions. I've seen everything from disgust that we would be happy about a murder-any murder, to those who are glad he died, but don't think we should celebrate it. Those who are more like me do celebrate his death. I don't think I would've gone out and joined the crowds, but then, I'm old. If I were younger, I probably would have. I think he got what he deserved.
One of the reasons I feel this way about him dying comes from my religious beliefs, more specifically, the Book of Mormon. In 1 Nephi, the Lord tells Nephi-
"Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes." (Can't think of anyone more wicked than Osama bin Laden.)
Nephi didn't want to murder Laban, he shrank from that responsibility. The Lord continued-
"It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief."
There are instances in the Book of Mormon where murderers are put to death (Alma 1:14). Also, where wicked men who lead others against their nation are executed (Alma 62:8-9).
It isn't just the scriptures, though. I have deep feelings about how someone who caused so much death, injury and grief should be dealt with. I honestly believe that the punishment he receives after death is much harsher than anything we could mete out here on earth. A prison in America couldn't cause the 'weeping and wailing' I'm sure he's doing now.
Lastly, I don't believe in murder. I also don't believe that when soldiers are going to capture a criminal, who then engages them in a 40 minute fire fight, and those soldiers kill that criminal, that that is murder. It's justice at work.
I celebrate our country, our freedom and the fact that a terrorist who killed 2996 Americans on our own soil is no longer here. God Bless America.
P.S. I know that you may not agree with me- and isn't that one of the greatest things about our country? That we not only get to have our own opinions, but that we can express them without any fear of repercussions? Share them with me, if you like. We can agree to disagree and go on being friends!