Is it proper to celebrate the death of Bin Laden?
by, 05-01-2011 at 11:59 PM (847 Views)
I usually don't comment much about world issues but I was saddened for some reason at the major celebration over Bin Laden's death.
Jesus died for all kinds of sinners. Hopefully they repent before they meet him. He isn't coming back a babe in a manger. I wouldn't be celebrating Ben Ladin's death the way the crowds are. I am saddened that a sinful man now has to stand before God and give an account for all the wickedness he promoted. He was deceived and blinded. I actually believe his death will inflame a lot of the Muslim world now and Bin Laden will be counted a martyr. Maybe not. How sad on all accounts though.
I don't know how it could have ended better. I imagine a best case scenario would have been if one of the Countries who were harboring him would have captured him, had a trial, and sentenced him to death for being guilty of mass murder. That would have been better. The Countries who harbored him are also just as guilty. This isn't over. And Bin Laden's death really probably doesn't accomplish as much as the celebrating faction is blindly believing. How sad. I believe those celebrating are blind in spirit not realizing their own heart's capacity for such evil.
Yes, I do believe in justice. May God be merciful toward us. Yes, I am glad when evil is put down. I am not so sure that this situation will quell evil though. I see it inflaming it the way it was done. When the people were in the streets chanting USA... USA...., that the glory, pride, and humility under the flag were placed in a sinful spot I think. There is a place for being grateful for justice in God's appointed means. We can be joyful and celebrate the binding and restraint of evil. But it is a sin to celebrate the losing of a soul when we all deserve to be punished.
I was directed to a few passages to think about concerning this... Maybe they apply....
(Pro 24:17) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
(Pro 24:18) Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
(Eze 33:11) Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Al Mohler filled in some of the blanks for me and helped me define some things in my thinking with this post on his blog. It is very good. Dr. Mohler put his finger on what I have been trying to sense concerning the Osama Bin Laden death. It wasn't justice that ended his life but an act of war. He missed a human trial of justice by not answering for his crimes before a court of justice this side of eternity. But he won't miss God's.
AlbertMohler.com – The Trial that Still Must Come — The Death of Osama bin Laden and the Limits of Human Justice
Also Dr. Sam Waldron has posted a 5 part comment on this subject.