Osama bin Laden has been killed. I first saw it on Twitter. Then the statuses of my Facebook friends lit up. There was much rejoicing.
But not from me.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying justice is not served. So many, so many have died or suffered from bin Laden’s campaign of terror. What a wicked man.
But what does God say about wicked people?
“I take no pleasure from the death of the wicked. I want the wicked to change their ways and live.”
— Ezekiel 33:11
…You know, I never watched Dr. Who in college. Back in those days, the Doctor was played by Tom Baker. The few times I happened across the show, I mostly laughed at how cheaply it was made, with aluminum or rubber monsters.
But with the show’s revival after a sixteen-year hiatus, I’ve become a fan. And one of the striking things is the manner in which the Doctor (at least, as played by David Tennant) treats his enemies.
So instead of WWJD, let me ask… What Would the Doctor Do, WWDD?
He would reach out towards his enemy, who was about to perish, and plead: “Come with me. I can help you.”
Maybe part of the show’s appeal is that this is Jesus’s invitation to each of us. Even the most wicked.
How did you react to the news? How do you reconcile your reaction with the Way of Jesus?