What do we say now?

Brad M. Griffin | May 2, 2011

Last night media of all forms exploded with the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. It would be fascinating to know (I’m sure we will soon enough) what percentage heard the news via social media first, especially given the apparent leak via Twitter ahead of the announcement. Within the hour, scanning Twitter and Facebook feeds led to some fascinating observations about Christian response to this event. You probably noticed the same thing: some rejoicing, some wondering aloud whether we should rejoice, others harshly critiquing that rejoicing.

I’m not going to try to answer the question of the “right” Christian response to this particular event (Whew! You were worried, weren’t you?). But I will ask the question: What do we say now? How do we—as believers, as leaders, as those who have influence in the lives of kids—respond to this significant moment in American and world history? How will we dialogue with the questions that both the death and American response to the death raises? Will we take this as an opportunity to wonder aloud both about what justice looks like (especially when modified by “God’s”) and what it looks like to practice enemy-love? Will we take the opportunity to live in the multiple tensions created not only by Bin Laden’s death, but also by the way we as a culture take note of it?

I bet kids we all know are wrestling with some of these tensions as well. What a great opportunity to talk about it!

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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