The last few days there has been a lot of people quite happy about Osama bin Laden death (he died on May 2nd). He was the founder of al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization which was responsible for the September 11 attacks (in 2001) on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets.
I have to be honest when I heard about his death it was a sign of relief for me that he died and he wouldn’t be ruling over these terrorist groups anymore but then when I came across this quote today on facebook it made me think twice.
Here is the quote:
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
– By Martin Luther King, Jr.
I think this quote by Martin Luther King Junior has many truths to it and it definitely makes me think things through again about Osama bin Laden’s death. Yes, he was a man that took joy in doing evil but I was challenged from this quote that it isn’t God’s will at all to return hate for hate or rejoice in it in any way. This is what the enemy wants us to do but not God.
Today I felt very encouraged as I am just watching God provide for me over the last few weeks! I am so excited to see how God is working in my life for me to go back to Romania! What an awesome provider He is and how faithful our God is!