Musings on the death of Osama Bin Laden


I woke up this morning and the world had changed. Or so it seemed. Osama Bin Laden has been killed. News outlets and social media sites abound with statements of joy and celebration made by Christian and non Christian alike. It would seem that in this event we have found a commonality. But what are we celebrating? The end of a war? Peace in the middle east? The end of terrorism? I think not.  As Christopher Lazo says in his blog on the subject,

“The death of Osama Bin Laden, Hussein, Hitler, et al., will NOT bring reconciliation to the world. Only the death of Jesus Christ is sufficient to bring true peace.”

So I ask again, what are we celebrating? Death…Vengeance?

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles” – Proverbs 24:17

If we are going to rejoice, let our rejoicing be in the Lord; In His sovereign hand and in His just and righteous judgments. All morning there has been one thought that has been constant in my mind. What would the response have been if instead of news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, we had received news of his life? Eternal Life. What if he had been converted to a saving faith in Jesus Christ? What if as a result of his conversion, the United States military ceased all actions against him? How would we respond? I am not directing this question to the secular community. They would, and should, respond with outrage at this injustice. But what about the Christian? Would we like the early church rejoice, welcome, and support him as they did the Apostle Paul? Would invite him into our churches and our homes and sit under his teaching of the Word? Or would we respond with outrage as well?

In the end I can’t say that a part of me isn’t relieved that Osama Bin Laden is no longer able to orchestrate attacks on innocent civilians. I am relieved. Another part of me though, mourns both the loss of an unsaved life and the loss of the ministry that he could have had among radicalized Islamists. That last part may sound silly, but just imagine! What if?

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Husband to Nicole, Lover of God, Dependent on the Spirit, Passion for His Church. My name is Brandon. I love Jesus. For more visit My Blog

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One Comment on “Musings on the death of Osama Bin Laden”

  1. Lazo Says:

    I appreciate the balance. I just read a similar sentiment by D.A. Carson…9 years ago!

    He is an evil man, and he must be stopped, but he is a man, and we should take no pleasure in destroying him. Vengeance is the Lord’s alone.

    (via Justin Taylor)

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