There is no joy

"Eye of Sauron" star with rings via Hubble telescope

Bin Laden’s death is not like the death of Darth Vader, Sauron, or Lord Voldemort: a neat and tidy ending of a classic tale of good and evil.   It took courage and persistence on the part of many over a decade to seek him out and stop him before he could orchestrate more suffering on this earthly soil.   Yet as much as we wish it were so, evil is not forever buried in a shroud at sea within the decaying flesh of bin Laden.

Jubilation is premature.   How can there be joy when evil continues to live and thrive in the hearts of men?

His death marks a turning point for thousands of family members who mourn the death of loved ones lost to bin Laden’s wicked reach for power, or in the efforts to stop him and his minions.

But there can be no joy as the lost are still lost.

The end of this man’s life illustrates how humanity’s separation from God is so wide a gap that the only hope for joy is the Son specifically sent to bridge that gulf.

Evil was buried forever within His cast-aside shroud, no longer needed to cover the stench of death.  Evil, pervasive as it is, will never overwhelm His living breathing body.

As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. ~Ezekiel 33:11