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Monday, May 2, 2011

How Should Christians Respond to Osama bin Laden's Death?


President Obama announced last night  that Osama bin Laden, leader of the group responsible for the September 11 attacks, was killed during an operation in Pakistan.....when the President made his announcement there were a lot of cheers of celebration on the net.....I believe our feelings of jubilation as Christians should be one of balance along with somber and humble quietness....we have to consider the words of God who expressed His feelings on even  evil men such as Bin laden......"I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked"

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  1. i see it this way...people rejoiced over Jesus death too. if we believe God is love and that He wants us all to turn from our sin and be saved then why are we happy that someone may not have and is now having to suffer an eternal hell...and for those that are happy because you think osama deserved it...can i just ask, how do you think God likes having to know for eternity that people he created are outside of his presence and in misery for eternity...how would you feel if it was your mom, dad, brother, sister, husband, wife or child. if you being wicked can love those that do wrong how much more does God love those that do wrong. He is just but He is also having to watch his own suffer eternally...that is not a small thing and we should not take it lightly. let us love in truth and not just in word.

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  2. I don't rejoice at Osama's death. Because I know he's not the only one who practiced evil. Americans tend to wear rose colored glasses when looking at themselves, and magnifying glasses when looking at others.

    I agree that we should sit in quietude and contemplate God's justice and His love. I agree with Erika.


    I also read that many feel that this will give Obama points with the American people and uplift his sagging ratings. I hope Obama is not banking on that--that racists will now stop hating him because he had Osama bid Laden killed.

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  3. Thanks Erika for your comment and I agree and that's a good point. And I think it is okay to celebrate justice being done, and that he's answered for his deeds. I just think we have an opportunity here to really show what it means to love our enemies.

    Thanks Anna Renee for the comment and I too can't see rejoicing. I have trouble believing that God would have us celebrate Bin Laden's death, no matter how wicked he may have been. To do so is to ignore that we will face the same judgement he now faces. We should rejoice that God is just and will act justly, and that He has provided us with salvation, despite our wickedness.

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  4. I believe that we, as a Christian nation, as a spiritual nation, will look back on the celbration in the streets and be ashamed...

    http://sightlikeaconstructionworker.blogspot.com/2011/05/wheres-patriotism-in.html

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  5. I am glad this evil man has been stopped. I have a hard time with the word rejoice about someone's death.

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  6. Thanks The Sight for your comment you might be right.

    Thanks Jackie for your comment....I am glad to know that some evil have been removed from among us but I am not rejoicing about it.

    when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the LORD see it, and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.

    Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked; for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out (Proverbs 24:17-20)

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  7. Never stop praying. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

    For the Lord will carry out His sentence upon the earth quickly and with finality. - Romans 9:28

    Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven's Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. - Amos 5:14

    Pray.

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  8. Proverbs 11:10b, "when the wicked perish, there is shouting." Shouting with relief, perhaps, if not rejoicing? I feel relief. The policeman (in this case, our military) did not bear the sword in vain. I can't find that exact verse, but see also: 1 Peter 2:14.

    Jesus said that those who take up the sword (in offense) will perish by the sword, and Osama took up the sword in offense and got what he deserved. Society has a responsibility to punish evil people. Justice has been done.

    As far as what does his mother think, this is not the time for sentiment. If you children are doing evil, pray for their repentance.

    No, God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked because He is not willing that any should perish (spiritually); however, remember that in Rev. 14:10, those who drink of the wine of the wrath of God "shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb." God is a God of love but also a God of justice.

    If we as individual Christians feel we are no better than Osama bin Laden, we need to pray to God for repentance, too. The fact that we are all sinners does not mean that societies should not serve justice.

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  9. "those who drank from the wine of God's wrath" could also be seen as those that rejoice in God's wrath. If God does not like to have to punish people than i don't see how He would be happy if we rejoice when we see other people punished...especially if we say we love God, our neighbors, and our enemies.

    "i desire mercy not sacrifice" declares the LORD.

    the hearts of those that love to watch others suffer...have the same heart as those that cause others to suffer...they run to violence, they love to watch it...they love to kill, steal and destroy...it goes both ways.

    God does Justice because it is the right thing to do...He wants His Kingdom to be one without all this strife and conflict (there will be no more pain and God will wipe a way all tears...) but that doesn't mean it is easy for Him to watch people perish because they refuse to turn to Him.

    always remember that Jesus taught us that the sin starts on the inside...if you are a murderer in your heart, even if you never lifted a finger to kill someone else...your heart is not right with God and He sees your sin.

    Let's thank God that He is merciful to us all...even the most unjust among us...because if He were not and if He were as prone to rejoice over the death of evil men as we are...then we would all be going to hell. It is His grace that leads us to repentance and He alone deserves praise and honor. Jesus Christ is the Lord who forever is praised.

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  10. i think a more appropriate chapter in Revelation to consider at this time would be chapter 13. it gives some information concerning what we are to be watching for when the antichrist or "beast" rises to power and how he is given that power and authority by the "dragon"...if osama was a significant piece of that puzzle i would expect we will begin seeing things pan out in the near future and should be more than just a little watchful.

    i also think it would be wise for us to compare the attitude of people toward the "beast" in chapter 13 to the attitude of people toward the "two witnesses" that God is going to send according to chapter 11. notice that the two events both last 42 months....when one of the "heads" of the beast was mortally wounded in chapter 13...it says that the wound was "healed"...could this be a direct reference to osama being shot in the head? could this mean he was one of the "ten heads" of the beast? if so, who then is the beast? is it a man or a entity or nation or idea? is it islam? is it al-queda? is it the middle eastern countries altogether (some americans probably would say, YES!) and i am not going to dimiss the possibility that it could be (only time will tell and God will reveal it to those that are watching for Him)

    but i will ask this...if osama was one of the heads of the beast...who did he hate? who was he trying to kill? because it says in Revelation 17:16 that the beast with the ten horns will "hate the prostitute". "they will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

    could that mean that america is the prostitute, if in fact, osama and al-queda as a whole or even possibly islam as a whole hates america as some americans are suggesting? or is it europe? or is it just the west in general?

    seriously, i don't know how 100% sure i am of any of these things...but what i am sure of is that Jesus died for everyone and therefore everyone needed to be saved from something...if we did not have any sin...why would we need to be saved? therefore i call on Jesus for my salvation and pray that you will all do the same also and give God praise for His goodness because regardless of what we think, we need His mercy more than we can imagine...even the elect would be deceived if it were possible...in other words...if it were not for God's grace and mercy in making sure those that seek Him in truth are saved. Remember that the Revelation reveals to us that in the last times the beast will "overcome" the saints...and kill them....remember that the two witnesses God sends to proclaim His gospel and have power to stop the rain etc...they will be killed and their bodies will lay in the streets and no one will let their body be put in graves and everyone that worships the beast will rejoice over the two witnesses of God. i think it is always evil to rejoice over the death of others...and just because it happens (as proverbs said) doesn't mean that those of us that know the Lord should do it.

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  11. Excellent question! All of these comments are full of insight and are reflections of the hearts of all who have written here. The scripture says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

    I too am guilty, I guess, of feeling like 'justice is served' though I was not directly affected by the man's atrocities.

    But my opinion is that, as Christians who are trying to be more Christlike, we must look at things from a Biblical perspective to see if its justice or judgment. I also have to ask God to search me, to see if I have sinned in any way by being judgmental and to forgive me.

    I believe Erika's first comment is on point. God help us all in the times to come. Oh, and please check out the March, April & May studies on my blog to see a "Daniel" and "Revelations" perspective on the chaos taking place in the mid east now. Thanks. http://smorganministries.blogspot.com

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  12. i thought about the same thing after i heard the news… while it is a victory i just don’t see where in scripture we are to rejoice over the death of an enemy, which is what i explained in my own blog post as well. We would be good to remember Psalm 24:17

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  13. I do not rejoice over his death however I do rejoice that he cannot hurt anyone else. I also believe that the people that took to the streets did not rejoice over his death but that we conquered. Time after time in the Bible God allowed nations to conquer nations. I believe in my heart that God gave us the victory.

    God gives us all the opportunity to hear the word and accept or reject it. We know that there will be some that will go to hell. I dare not judge where Osama ends up that is totally up to God but I do believe that if during his lifetime he did not become a believer that that was his choice. God gives us all free will.

    Thousands upon thousands were killed by him. Most justice systems have capital punishment and if he were tried, he would have been put to death. There was no way that he could have been detained. As you can see we cannot trust his people. They hide and blend in very well in many countries. It is hard to determine if they are friend or foe. It would have been disasterous if he had been kept alive. God knew when he formed this world and when He created Osama that he would die in such a way so it should be no suprise to us.

    When walking in the ways of Christ, we must not be judgmental of those who don't act like us, walk like us or talk like us. If someone wants to rejoice over this victory let them. If they rejoice over his death then we need to pray for them not judge them. Sorry but I have been a sinner for too long and I know it is extremely hard for many to come to Christ and to stay in Christ. We Christians tend to have an air that seems to be so perfect and when sinners measure their sin against us they realize that they can never fit the bill. That is not true. We can NEVER be righteous but through Jesus. If someone misses it in life, it is easy for them to feel defeated. We must realize this walk is not a cake walk and we all fall down. Woo-hoo yeah I rejoiced that we conquered and I am still saved and have the victory through Christ Jesus!

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  14. @ anonymous, think about what you have said. I tell you this in Christ's love as a sinner myself who has been born-again by God's grace, yet am still repenting of sins daily.

    "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked;" ~ Ezekiel 33:11a (KJV)

    What is love if we only love our friends or those who do us good? Do you think God would have wanted bin laden to be born-again? God loves the wicked man too:

    "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance." ~ 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

    What kind of "victory" was this?
    "We" took out the leader of a terrorist group but "we" still have not neutralized the group itself, whose members act on their own in many ways. And there is talk of someone stepping into the dead man's place.

    You rejoiced that
    "we conquered".

    What did
    "we"
    "conquer"
    when bin laden died?

    It is more like
    "we"
    took vengeance
    on the mastermind
    and the victims' families (as well as the rest of US who were terrified by terror)
    a sense
    of
    "justice".

    "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Romans 12:19 (KJV)

    And YES God uses the law and governments and kings and kingdoms to avenge his people.

    "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20 (KJV)

    I think this is what Erika was saying in the very first post, also Anna Renee, The Sight, Jackie, AnnBrock, Scott Fillmer and myself (forgive me if I left out anyone.

    Perfect Love cast out all fear. God Bless you Anonymous!

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  15. anonymous...i am not suggesting i know something you don't...but what i do know is that Osama seemed to think he was right in what he did...he apparently had some hesitance in becoming part of the "world system"...just like america refuses to ever believe they are wrong for what they do to other nations and even to their own people...you can tell me all you want that America is a peaceful nation with your mouth...but you can't prove it to me...within my lifetime alone i have seen America be part of other nations business and kill other nations innocent people in order to bring about the "justice" they felt was right on other nations...how is that any different from Osama feeling that his reason for killing innocent people in our country to bring aboutthe "justice" he felt was right in our nation? i don't see any difference at all. regardless of what the Bible teaches men have done in the past i am talking about what Jesus teaches...and He did not teach us to bring His Kingdom into the world with violence...and anyone that is teaching that is deceived or a deceiver...if Jesus intended for His Kingdom to be ushered into the world...He would have told us so...but He didn't...He said that His Kingdom was not of this world...and when you see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven (everyone from east to west will see it) and they will hide from the "wrath of the Lamb"...despite some peoples skewed beliefs...America is not the Kingdom of God. OUr dedication and allegence should be to the Kingdom of God...not a nation of men. it is fine to honor your king and president if you like...the Bible does teach that...and as long as your King or President is not asking you to do something God has commanded you not to do fine abide by the rules...it is good and pleasing in the sight of God...but when and if your king or president begins to make you chose between serving God or serving your country...your allegence should be with God.

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  16. Erika, you cannot post such a comment about America and not expect to be critiqued or even criticized. It is painfully apparent that you do not like America. It is apparent that you blame America. You obviously are way too young to appreciate that you are where you are and have what you have because of a lot of people who died or were maimed for you. You blame America for all evils. Go to google look up all the cemeteries and graves around the world where American soldiers gave up their lives for Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Netherlands, etc., in Europe and Malaysia, and Singapore and Korea, and China, and south Pacific peoples in order that they would not live under the likes of Hitler, and Japanese warlords. Jesus set a higher standard for Christians with love your enemies and is pained when one is lost and will not be among the saved. Every soul is loved by him, even the evil. Personally I am unable to reach that standard in my spiritual growth just yet and perhaps you have. But don't make us listen to your hate America diatribe.

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  17. i don't have a problem with "America" i have a problem with people caring more about "America" than God's Kingdom. Just like i am sick of Christians caring more about their race than the family of God that includes all races, just like I am sick of people telling me who i am, how old i am and what i mean...when they obviously don't know what i meant. just because you have stuff doesn't mean your blessed...remember that the churches in the Revelation were jugdged based on their relationship to God not their wealth...the Spirit said to the church that though they thought they were rich they were poor and wretched...if we are more concerned as Christians in America for our monetary "blessings" than for our relationship with God we are poor and wretched too and that is where a large portion of the churches seems to be going...the problem with this is that people will not be taking anything with them when they die or when He comes back (that is in Psalms)...if you don't believe me or think i am too young for you to listen to...than search the Scripture yourself. the only thing you are doing by being more prone to listen to mankind and pay allegience to your country more than to God and His word...is putting yourself in the position to be deceived. therefore i urge you to search the Scripture...it is essential that you know what you are talking about beofre you start lashing out on others. if you could hear my voice right now you would know that this is not intended to keep strife i am just very passionate about people not allowing themselves to be deceived because of their predisposed bias.

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  18. i thought about the same thing after i heard the news… while it is a victory i just don’t see where in scripture we are to rejoice over the death of an enemy, which is what i explained in my own blog post as well. We would be good to remember Psalm 24:17

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  19. Excellent question! All of these comments are full of insight and are reflections of the hearts of all who have written here. The scripture says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

    I too am guilty, I guess, of feeling like 'justice is served' though I was not directly affected by the man's atrocities.

    But my opinion is that, as Christians who are trying to be more Christlike, we must look at things from a Biblical perspective to see if its justice or judgment. I also have to ask God to search me, to see if I have sinned in any way by being judgmental and to forgive me.

    I believe Erika's first comment is on point. God help us all in the times to come. Oh, and please check out the March, April & May studies on my blog to see a "Daniel" and "Revelations" perspective on the chaos taking place in the mid east now. Thanks. http://smorganministries.blogspot.com

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