Osama Bin Laden’s Death


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I don’t know about the rest of you, but sometimes I pray that God will bring me to the right passage of Scripture that will warm my heart and speak to me personally.  Then, I close my eyes, open the Bible up to a random page, point somewhere and read.  Apparently, my brother Jon performs the same ritual.  This morning, while discussing the recent news about the death of Osama Bin Laden, I admitted to Jon that I didn’t know if it was the pregnancy hormones or the spirit of God living within me, but I cried when Patrick told me the breaking news.  I said, “Don’t tell anyone, but I almost feel like I mourned a bit.” 

He replied by sharing with me that he had prayed the night before after watching Fox News that God bring him to a verse relevant to His life in Scripture.  What he found was Ezek. 33:11;   "...As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways!..."

After getting off the phone with Jon I read the verse in its context and sat silently meditating on it a bit.  And like those little trendy Christian bracelets a few years back, I asked myself What Would Jesus Do? What would Jesus do about the news that a wicked person died without repentance (as far as we know of course)? How would Jesus feel?  What would his reaction be?  I think he’d cry.  I think he’d mourn.  I think he’d pray that somewhere in the process of Osama’s death that he asked for forgiveness and was brought to eternity in heaven.  I want to emulate Jesus.  What seems like a supposed victory for Americans is a loss for the Christian world.  I believe the angels in Heaven are not rejoicing and uploading their Facebook status’ in celebration of the news.  I think they’re sad today that we lost one soul for the Kingdom.

The celebration for justice isn’t in the death of the wicked; it’s in the resurrection of our Lord and God.  Look at what Christ did while hanging on the cross, surrounded by his murderers and those who tortured him.  He asked His Father to forgive them for their crimes. He is our example of to follow.  

I hope this post doesn’t come across as preachy.  I don’t forget for a second the pain Bin Laden inflicted on Americans on 9/11.  But does his death deserve a celebratory reaction?  My answer is no.  Not for the Christian.  Not for the Christian who should long for Christian justice first, not worldly justice.  We lost a life and we gained nothing in his death.  So let’s not forget to pray today for everyone touched by this popular news.  Let’s pray for the soldiers on both sides that they find safety.  Let’s pray for those who loved Osama; that the Holy Spirit draws them near.  Let’s pray for the families affected by his evil that they find peace and forgiveness in their hearts.  Let’s especially pray that we, as Christians, set an example for the rest of world in the way we react to the news.  This is an excellent opportunity to emulate Christ and show others what it truly means to be a Christian in the first place.   Loving your enemies should not just be a catchy motto we throw around to explain our religion from a place of self-righteousness.  It should be a way of life; shedding light on the possibility that we can truly live in this world, but not be of it.

"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in Matthew 5:44

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  • Liz

    Liz May 02, 2011

    I never do this ... comment on things. But, I felt I must after reading this. I was touched personally by 9/11. My brother-in-law was killed in the World Trade Tower. Today I am feeling weepy and sad. Why? On television I have watched the people celebrating in the streets. I see disturbing pictures of “our victory”. And, in my heart, I know this is a victory. I cannot even comprehend the evilness of this man. But, old wounds have been reopened, another life has been taken and, I couldn’t understand, my heart feels as if it is breaking once again. What you wrote helped me understand my feelings. You helped put my feelings into perspective. You helped me feel better about my very personal thoughts.
    Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining bright, the breeze is blowing and my wind chimes are gently singing out to me. I put out my American flag ... it just felt right. Sometimes its hard to understand all the hurts in our world. I am an American. I am a Christian. And, maybe I’m just feeling a little bit of the same hurt that Jesus is. Let’s pray for Him to take care of all of us….every single person. Thank you, again.

  • Jess

    Jess May 03, 2011

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for leaving a comment.  I am sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking as I read your sincere words.

    I am often surprised when I get feedback like yours.  I admit, it feels like I’m talking to myself when it’s just me typing on a computer about my own personal thoughts on God.  I forget at times anyone is listening. 

    I don’t know you, but I am praying for you.  I’m praying that your family find peace.  I pray that the Holy Spirit wraps His arms around you like a mother would her upset child.

    Loving Father in Heaven, we know that you love us with an unimaginable love.  We know that you want us to never rejoice at the loss of any life.  We also know we are human Lord and it is so hard to have empathy when someone we care for has been hurt by another.  We know that by our own strength we can not forgive.  We can not understand.  We have no real sympathy on our own for those who have so greatly broken our hearts.  But we also trust in You Jesus to give us the strength we need to be your heart and hands in this world. We thank you for the Holy Spirit you have sent us that we are now able to overcome.  We thank you Father because we know, that in You, absolutely all things are possible.

    I ask that you stay close to Liz, giving her peace and comfort.  I thank you for her willingness to share her feelings so that others you have brought here today can see Your Spirit that is so clearly working in her life and want to know where her strength comes from.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

  • SP

    SP May 18, 2011

    I’m really feelin’ this commentary. The killing of a human being is indeed a loss, not only for Christians but for each and every one of us. I hope you continue to speak your mind. @feelinginspired

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