Monday, May 2, 2011

Thoughts on the death of Bin Laden

Many wiser pundits will comment on how we should think of Bin Laden's death, so I won't say much.

Osama Bin Laden received the earthly justice he deserved for his murderous ways, just as Romans 13 describes. We can be sure he is receiving ultimate justice by God's judgment as well.

I am appreciative that Bin Laden received this justice and will be personally unable to continue perpetrating more atrocities. I am grateful, in this instance, for the government bearing the sword and carrying out God's wrath on the wrong doer. (See Romans 13:1-5)

I am very cautious to be happy or celebratory about this event. We do see celebrations when the enemies of God are killed in Scripture (Goliath, being one example), but the focus of celebration is on God's greatness more than personal vengeance.

To be honest, I am no different than Osama Bin Laden, except for the grace of God in Christ. The only thing that stops me from being a heinous murderer is God's grace. I am morally bankrupt apart from God's grace. There is no righteousness in me apart from Christ's imputed righteousness by faith. My heart is black if not for the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. I'm still a terrible sinner, even despite being a recipient of God's amazing grace in Christ.

Justice, good. Self-righteous gloating, bad.

9 comments:

Andrew B. said...

Practical words from our God, "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him. Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?" - Pr. 24:17ff

Woody Woodward said...

I savor this temporary sweet taste of justice!~ And I know it won’t last but hope that this will bring our terribly divided country together.

Perry said...

Since George W. Bush was smart enough to know the left-wing media would eat his lunch if he didn't have proof that Saddam Hussein's sons were killed under his watch, he not only had photographic evidence, it was easily seen that somebody sewed the sons' faces back together so that everyone looking at the photos could tell the corpses presented as Hussein's sons were, in fact, them.

Fast-forward to May 2011. There's a claim that under Barak Obama's watch Osama Bin Laden is FINALLY dead, because of a gun fight with U.S. Navy Seals. No photos have yet been released to the public. It's not known if pictures were even taken. Supposedly, bin Laden's body was dumped shortly after his death into the sea (Really, how could this have been allowed under anyone's watch, especially under the watch of U.S. military commanders?). And, the soldiers, though brave, aren't suppose to talk about their deed. But, some American over in Pakistan had the foresight, in all the supposed commmotion and revry, to get DNA evidence from bin Laden, before his body was dumped at sea, and from some of his family members. Give me a break! Even if DNA evidence was retrieved (which I don't believe; from his family members, no), it's is as good a worthless. I, for one, want to see at least one photograph (un-photoshopped) of the bullet-shanked face of the dead Osama bin Laden. Does anyone remember Barak Obama is up for re-election in about 18 months? Please! Spare me the faked details.

Jack Sawyer said...

I agree Reep. Seems the tone of Tim Keller's words (in your previous post) would be good to keep in mind here too.

Mikey said...

The mass celebrations that I've seen strike me as excessive. Gives this more a feel of vengence (which belongs to God) versus justice. The official US responses seem more measured and appropriate.

Perry said...

For all the bluster I put in my post here, I wish I'd have posted something along the line that Andrew B. posted. Fitting words. Yet, I don't retract what I posted.

Woody Woodward said...

In reading the many new media questions, it’s now come up that that Mr. Evil was unarmed! Who cares? How about the thousands upon thousands of innocent unarmed folks he murdered? I honestly believe the SEALS had order to shoot to kill and I don't have a problem with it. Had bin-Laden been captured, the media would have made this a 10 year public spectacle and the trial would have cost us millions. And this daily media joke would have done nothing more than stoke the fire of Islamic hatred for the West. It is definitely best that Mr Evil was infected with a serious case of head-laced lead-poisoning and sent packing to his own very special place in hell. I would hope Obama does release the pictures of his corpse. The media had no problem replaying hundreds of times those innocent folks sent to their deaths by jumping from the burning towers. It seems that many had almost forgotten that dreadful day, now, thank goodness many have been reminded…. we must never forget!

Kampfgruppe-H said...

Good riddance; however, this doesn't change anything. We will still shed blood, sweat and tears fighting this enemy...until the Prince of Peace returns.

Boyd said...

The Death of Osama bin Laden: What Kind of Justice Has Been Done?
by Michael Horton

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2011/05/02/the-death-of-osama-bin-laden-what-kind-of-justice-has-been-done/