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May

02

2011

Osama Is Dead, Shall We Rejoice?

Heard the news yesterday that Osama bin Laden was killed recently by American troops. While there is no doubt the man is worthy of death for his crimes, I am very uncomfortable with the spirit of celebration that went on at his death.

Many seem to have forgotten that the moment that bullet entered his brain he was sentenced by God to eternity of wrath and condemnation for his rebellion against God, and for what his crimes against humanity (killing humans made in God's image) represent about his rebellion and hatred for God. Many of those who celebrate Osama's death forget also they are headed in the same direction if they do not repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the only Savior, the only Mediator between God and man (1Ti 2:4-6).

D.A. Carson wisely advises, "we must eschew a vendetta mentality." He continues:

Love demands that we do not demonize Osama bin Laden. He is a human being made in the image of God. 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. Do not offer the alternative, "Should we weep for Osama bin Laden or hold him to account for his genocide and prevent him from carrying out his violent intentions?" The right answer is yes.

Justice is done, and for this fact I feel a sober satisfaction. Yet, vengeance is the Lord's, he will repay. For our part, we are not to have vendettas or pursue revenge, but love our enemies (cf. Rom 12:19-21; Luke 6:27-36), lest when we have "done justice" and destroyed all our enemies, God will then destroy us. 

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