Rowan Williams admits to ‘a very uncomfortable feeling’ about the killing of Osama bin Laden, ‘because it doesn’t look as if justice is seen to be done’. A bit of redundancy there somewhere, but we know what he means, and I for one would be unequivocal about it—justice has not been seen to be done, and for Christians that must be as important as justice being done.

N. T. Wright takes exception to America’s belief that it can live by standards other than those others must observe, with this parallel: Britain has suffered many terrorist attacks from the IRA, and some of those who masterminded the attacks have no doubt taken refuge in the US, where they have large numbers of vocal supporters, with some of them perhaps even in the intelligence services, and the chief spokesman for these terrorists has been invited to the White House. If Britain had info that the person who had planted most of the IRA’s bombs was hiding out in a Boston suburb, but were afraid that if they went through the usual channels someone would pass the info on and the guy would get away, would the US agree that Britain had no choice but to launch a couple of helicopters from a carrier in Canadian waters and just shoot the guy? Hardly.

Fleming Rutledge feels that ‘although this appeared to be necessary, it is an unhappy business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with (Ecclesiastes)’. True dat, as they say.

The best comment by a Christian that I’ve read so far, though, is by Josh Wright, a student at Manhattan’s up-and-coming Christian college, King’s. Wright asks whether Jesus would celebrate bin Laden’s death the way so many American Christians seem to be celebrating, one King’s student having tweeted ‘So jealous of whoever got to pull the trigger’.

If you come across other thoughtful rather than visceral reactions from the Christian point of view, please post them.

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