Sunday night right before heading to bed, we found out that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Ten years in the making of searching for this one man. A man that was the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the trade centers on September 11, 2001. This was a man that had evil written all over him. A man that killed many innocent people, not just Americans but people of many religions, races, and cultures. How could one man do that to innocent people? Satan. Satan prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for people to destroy. This man allowed Satan to step into his life, and use him for evil.
I read another blog the other day, that rang very true to me. The title of this blog was, Should Christians Celebrate the Death of Osama bin Laden? The man who wrote this blog was discussing the scriptures that people were using. For example, Proverbs 24:17: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.” The blogger brought up a very valid point. The context of this verse is not “justice” but rather calamity (in the previous verse). It is saying don’t kick your enemy when they are going through hard times. This verse has nothing to do with justice, which is what has been served in this case.
I am going to quote the blogger on this next part, because I could not have said it better.
“That’s the key word here: Justice. God is Love, certainly. And as individual Christians, we are commanded to love our enemies. However, God is also just. This is the very reason why Christ had to die – to satisfy God’s justice.
As individuals, we are commanded to reflect God’s love and show it forth.
But governments are commanded to reflect God’s justice and show it forth.
This begins way back in Genesis 9:6: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.” And it’s spelled out in detail in Romans, chapter 13: “For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”
As individuals, we love. But our government stands in the place of God Himself to execute God’s justice.
Justice has been served on Osama bin Laden by duly appointed agents of our government. This is good and proper according to Scripture. “
I’ll leave you with this thought…should we celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, thats up to you. Is it heart breaking when we know someone is having to spend eternity in hell, of course, no doubt. But just as we rejoice when God’s love is revealed, why not rejoice when His JUSTICE is revealed as well? Just as David defeated Goliath and then preceded to walk the streets with the army with Goliath’s head on a cane, cheering and chanting because they had defeated their enemy. I think we have that same right David did. We defeated one of our greatest enemies, justice has been served.
If you want to read the other blog for yourself click here