What Are You Doing With the Pictures?

by Lee Buford on May 5, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden has clearly been the most dominant topic of television, conversations, blog posts, and social networks this week, and rightfully so to some degree. I’ve heard several people remark that this would become one of the biggest “Where were you at when…?” moments in the history of America, at least for those of this generation.

Questions abound, particularly relative to the proper response to what has occurred. For those of us who are Christians, our reaction and response must come from a biblical perspective, not a worldly one. Here are a few posts I’d point you to, things I’ve read this week that do an excellent job explaining just that:

The biggest part of the story now centers on whether or not the pictures of bin Laden’s body should be released for public consumption, and the opinions seem fairly split down the middle. So what do we do with the pictures, and more specifically the images they will leave us with? Why does this matter?

The answer is not necessarily an easy, or singular, result. It’s important to remember that all pictures leave a lasting mark or impact on those who view them, specifically resulting in the replay of images and thoughts of what’s behind the pictures themselves. This, in turn, necessitates a proper response or reaction, and most of us don’t know what to do with what we’ve seen or what we’re thinking about what’ve seen.

According to reports, and one would naturally assume, the pictures in question are gruesome in nature, and thus would certainly revoke a wide range of responses. Yet we seem consumed with seeing the pictures as if they would be the ultimate proof that bin Laden is indeed dead, and that the world would then be able to move on with a sense of closure. That piece is debatable, and we may or may not have an answer anytime soon. But the situation does beg the question, an even more important question:

What are you doing with the pictures you HAVE seen?

Countless pictures have surfaced over all types of print and electronic media. Television interviews, newspaper stories, and social media links are filled with them…pictures of the bigger picture. The images abound in interviews with, and pictures of, lost people like Osama bin Laden who, by all accounts, don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What thoughts do these images conjure up in your mind? Do you see a lost and dying world, and are you burdened to do something about it?

The pictures and images we haven’t seen are far less significant than the ones we have seen. We’ve seen enough to spur us on to share the gospel, to go and make disciples. The pictures are all around us, and we must respond to the images left behind.

What are you doing with the pictures? How will you respond?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chargerwill May 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

If the White House does release a picture I will view it. I believe that those US Navy SEALs acted as an instrument of God by taking that wicked man down.


Lee Buford May 6, 2011 at 2:24 am

I agree with you… I would take a look myself if they released the pics. And I’m definitely a proud supporter of the SEALs and all of our military who put their lives on the line daily.

The biggest thing that hit me this week (in the midst of all the picture debates) were the pictures of all the folks in Pakistan and other places, and the talk about various religions… thoughts that many of these folks are far from God and thus would ultimately spend eternity in hell as a result. Such realizations burden my heart to pray for their souls, regardless of nationality.


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