The Death Of An Evil Man

I have some thoughts floating around in my head on Osama Bin Laden's death today, and I want to get them out there while they're fresh, so excuse the second post in one day.

There have been alot of conflicting reactions to Bin Laden's death from what I've seen on Facebook, Twitter, and the blogging world. Some people have been rejoicing at the death of this man, and some people have been stating their belief that it's wrong to celebrate the death of anyone.

I'm not going to say anything on the reactions of people who don't know the Lord, but for those of us who follow Jesus, how should we react?

Personally, I think there is an appropriate reaction, and an inappropriate reaction.

Did Bin Laden deserve to die? You bet. In the Old Testament, the Lord required the death penalty for far fewer crimes than all the atrocities that Osama Bin laden committed (just read Deuteronomy). (You should know that I am for the death penalty, but that is not what this post is about, so let's not go off on a tangent here.)

Did Bin Laden deserve to go to hell? Absolutely. But he deserved it no more than any of us do before we are saved through the blood of Jesus (Romans 3:23).

Should we rejoice that he is suffering in hell? Definitely not. Even the Lord isn't pleased that Bin Laden is in hell. He does not wish that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Do we have to mourn his death because he went to hell? No. The Bible acknowledges that the people will celebrate when the wicked perish (Proverbs 11:10), and there is no place saying we have to dredge up some sad feelings when an evil man dies.

Can we be "happy" in the sense of being satisfied that justice was done here on earth? I think so, because our God is a God of justice (Psalm 50:6). And through Bin Laden's death, justice has been done for all those whom he killed.

Those are my thoughts on the subject.

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lindsey said...

Callie you hit the nail right on the head! I love this post and love your take on the topic. I mentioned his death in my post today and did struggle in finding the appropriate way to react. Thank you for sharing this post and scripture.

Tatiana said...

So true. I said this before but, I don't think anyone would want Hitler to still be around, so why be sad that this one is dead?

Unknown said...

Interesting take on it. Although some of my thoughts differ, I agree with quite a bit you had to say! I read this quote and think it says more what I feel than I can put into words.

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good for you for stating what you believe.

Melissa said...

This is SOOO TRUE. Thank you for this post!!! Very well written & biblical. I've had many friends on both ends of the spectrum post on FB & i honestly didn't know how to respond to ones that say it is wrong to rejoice in his death... THANKS. :)

Lydia said...

Very well put! It has been crazy to read some responses to the news of his death. Thank you for including scripture to back up your beliefs! I think that is the best way we can respond in any situation!

Anonymous said...

I definitely agree. I posted a similar take on my facebook and the backlash that I got was UNREAL. So mean and hateful what people had to say.

LeAnna said...

Totally agree! Something I do not understand about Catholicism (amongst many others, but we're not talking about that...), is that they choose to pray for the souls of those who have died. I've seen several remarks about praying for Osamas soul. Not gonna do him any good...and definitely not in the Word. And yes, the Word of God is the best way to answer anything!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Loved your thoughts! It should be rejoicing that justice has been served, being thankful that our military fights to defend & protect us...and ultimately that this will bring some closure to the grieving families of 9/11. But never is it a celebration of someones life ending so tragically. I'm not sure if that makes since, but those were my initial feelings.

Jessica said...

Exactly what I was thinking. I totally agree. And I loved the way you said everything! I was a little disappointed to see how everyone was reacting, but also a little disappointed to see how judgmental a lot of my Christian friends were being on facebook and twitter about the whole thing. I thought it was probably a big turn-off to non-Christians. I think our biggest mission as Christians is to love everyone and be Jesus to them...not to try to guilt them into believing, because guilt alone without love does no good. Anyway, I am on my soapbox, and that really wasn't what your post was about. haha! So I'll step down now :-) Anyway, I really like this post and especially the way you said everything :-)

Amanda said...

Very nice post. You backed it up with the Word. I totally agree with you.

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