Christian citizens need not expect, and should not pretend to, total certainty about the rights and wrongs of this or any other public act. It is no part of God’s plan for their holiness or for their service of the neighbor that they must be all-knowing about the morality of what others have done, even when it is done in the name of the political community. Christians can be useful citizens, though, by being rather fussy about the justifications and explanations offered by political actors for their consumption and approval. Faced with extraordinary actions, they may demand thorough and coherent explanations on morally serious and law-regarding grounds. For myself, I am left thinking that whatever good account there is to be given of why bin Laden was killed, it has yet to be fully made public.
Oliver O’Donovan (via wesleyhill)
yeah. I have been feeling very confused and conflicted about this whole conversation. too bad it’s summer or I would just make my students discuss it and figure things out that way.
me too. i keep fretting about how that argument will sound once i do hear it.