Is it proper to celebrate when my enemy Is killed? Or is it more appropriate to accept that the act had to occur, but mourn?
As I write this, the lives of three world-known tyrants have been taken in the past five years. Each time there has been dancing in the streets. Controversy soon followed between those who felt the reaction was called for, versus the view that rejoicing over any death – even a justified one – makes the rejoicers little better than the person who had to die.
I look to the Bible for answers. There I find that the children of Israel danced and sang when the Egyptian army drowned in the Red Sea. The song gave praise to God, but it was a party in the presence of Egyptian dead bodies, nonetheless. Jesus told us to love our enemies. Is it possible to love a despot, and be pleased about his or her demise at the same time? To human reasoning this is difficult, but it might make sense at some spiritual level.
Scripture gives a bit more insight as to the state of mind of the Hebrew people after their enemies were destroyed. It says: When Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and believed in Him. Perhaps fearing and believing in the Lord are the safest reactions I can have when faced with a complex situation like this one. There are no simple answers.