I can appreciate that this date marked much victory over terrorism but to celebrate the destruction of someone so evil almost aligns us with the behaviour that we hated so much in him.
As I start work very early in the morning I usually arrive home around lunchtime each day. Yesterday I sat down to eat my lunch and thought I would turn on the TV for some light entertainment. This is when I first heard the breaking news that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed by US military.
I’m not sure exactly what I was feeling but I couldn’t tear myself away from the TV. Throughout the last decade this name had been one of fear and hatred. And here I was hearing about his final moments.
It was no surprise that people were quick to jump on their social networking sites to start sharing their thoughts about such a momentous occasion. One thing I couldn’t quite shake was the feeling of unease when I noticed people celebrating Osama’s death. I can appreciate that this date marked much victory over terrorism but to celebrate the destruction of someone so evil almost aligns us with the behaviour that we hated so much in him. It seems I was not alone as many people on Facebook and Twitter were also voicing such unease. One of my favourite quotes I read in relation to this was on an old school acquaintance’s page:
“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.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
And so my colleagues at 89.9 LightFM in Melbourne decided to promote something positive off this occasion, rather than celebrating death and destruction how about we celebrate something great. We are encouraging everyone who uses social networks to share something that is worth celebrating in their lives and adding #thingsweshouldcelebrate at the end. It doesn’t have to be anything majorly significant, just a way of spreading positive, loving comments to this world which is in great need of a message of hope.
What is your #thingsweshouldcelebrate ?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.