This photo was taken at Ground Zero around 2:30am, just hours after the news broke out all over the internet. I went down with one of my roommates to further process my mixed emotions in the wake of learning the news and reading various folks' responses.
People at the scene chanted USA, crowdsurfed, and shouted "show us your tits!" to folks climbing the traffic signal post on the corner. It seemed an odd response; the bloodlust, too, was disconcerting.
I was further disturbed to read the daily paper today: the various stories about Osama's assassination, Obama's subsequent speech, and the way that many others have responded. I am especially disturbed because I know that this event will only fuel the fires of war that were started after 9/11. And I wonder whether the wars will ever end.
Rather than write a book about my thoughts on this, I will simply share some scripture that we would do well to acknowledge, verses that have helped me to navigate my emotions, fears, anxieties, and anger during this time.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
-Yeshua (Matt 5:44)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
-Yeshua (Matt 5:9)
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! -Ezekiel 18:32