A Christian response to Osama Bin Laden’s death

There are people with conflicting feelings regarding whether to feel good about the death of Osama bin Laden. It seems to me that the condition of our heart matters. God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked – and we are not to do so either. Yet, when wicked perish, there is joyful shouting. We are to forgive those who sin against us. And we ARE to rejoice when God makes us to rejoice over our enemies. Are we glad to see justice exercised, or to see the demise of our enemy? We should rejoice in seeing God work, yet feel sorrow for the ultimate fate of Osama Bin Laden if he died without faith in Christ – which certainly appears to be the case.

It does not matter what the president says or believes. Are you wanting to be who God has called you to be, or are you wanting to look more like the world? Is your heart full of anger and rancor, or love and forgiveness? The latter two are what we are called to live out here on this earth. Do you feel joy at the suffering of someone else, or are you filled with sadness for the death of someone separated from God?

I am not saying we are to ignore the suffering, sacrifice, and death suffered by many in the efforts against terrorism and Bin Laden. Its not discounting what the troops have done or the people and families have suffered to rejoice or not to rejoice. I’m grateful for their sacrifices – my foster-daughter is in the Navy and saw duty over there. And I am grateful for what God has done in bringing someone to justice. But this does not mean we should take pleasure in the death of someone almost certainly destined for hell.

Ezekiel 33:11

“Say to them, ‘As I live !’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways ! Why then will you die, O house of Israel ?’

Job 31:29

Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or exulted when evil befell him?

Proverbs 17:5

He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 24:17

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Proverbs 21:15

The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity.

Proverbs 11:10

When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.

2 Chronicles 20:27

Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

Mark 11:25

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

Psalm 44:6-8

6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us. 8 In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.

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