I don’t have the desire or the energy to be eloquent right now, so I’ll get straight to the point. It’s disturbing to hear all the rejoicing (especially from followers of Jesus) about the death of Osama Bin Laden. Jesus called us to love our enemies and pray for the very one’s who persecute us–not to rejoice and celebrate in their deaths. The world is not a safer place because of Bin Laden’s death. The world is not a better place because of Bin Laden’s death. The world is not a more just, holy and godly place because of Bin Laden’s death. Violence cannot bring an end to violence. Violence cannot bring an end to terrorism. Violence cannot bring an end to war. Violence cannot bring peace, justice or more of heaven (the reign of God) to earth. The problem is deeper. The problem that gives rise to Bin Ladens (and the subsequent violence of war and conflict) is the lie of violence, which we believe will bring peace but only breeds more violence. This should be evident from the warnings about a potential increase in violence following Bin Laden’s death. Let us, as Christians, stop celebrating over the death of a fellow human being, and let us start praying for peace–an end to violence of all kinds, an end to the violence that creates people like Bin Laden and the subsequent wars that follow.