I think it’s a complicated day for people who feel that the struggle of our time is not primarily a military one against individual people or organizations (although it is also that), but a struggle to articulate values that allow people everywhere to live with equal human dignity.
Not surprisingly, Christian leaders are articulating an ethical response well. Thanks to Frankie Fredericks, Paul Raushenbush, and, now, Brian McLaren:
“As you talk about this news, I hope you will consider how your response can counter rather than reinforce the cycles of violence that spin around us. And please God, help us bring healing beauty to the ugliness of violence in whatever small way we can.”