Most of the world has heard by now that Barack Obama has announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, most wanted terrorist for over 9 years. Many took to the street in celebration of the announcement of his death. I even found myself relieved, if not somewhat happy at the news.
I realize that there is justice coming his way from our Heavenly Father, but I could not push aside the idea that Christ died and suffered for Bin Laden's acts too. That somewhere, deep down, I should understand that Osama Bin Laden is my brother, and that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love still love him. I would imagine they are deeply disappointed, but there is still love in their souls.
I see that love from God and His Son, and I recognize the celebrations around the world at his death, and I observe a huge gap in behavior and response. Understandable, as I said, I myself was borderline ready to set off fireworks at the news. Perhaps this is just another moment in life where I can see, not just in my life, but in the society in which we live, where we are at spiritually as a people that we find closure in death for those whom we want such justice. Yet we are also so afraid of that justice in our own lives. We sometimes fear death for fear of what justice might come upon ourselves while simultaneously wanting that punishment on others.
Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-10 reads, "Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin. I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men."
Now the real question is, can we forgive Osama Bin Laden because if not, greater sin lies within each of us. That is a huge heaping pile of sin that I cannot support.