(Yes, I know he’s already dead.)
Osama Bin Laden deserved to die.
So do I. And you. (God handed down those verdicts, not Mark Roth.)
Now, who shall rejoice in your death or mine?
Osama’s death was justice finally served.
True enough, I’m sure.
Now, how soon shall my fully-deserved justice be served on me? And who shall rejoice at it?
As I asked late last night, I ask again to Christ’s disciples: Dare a disciple of Jesus rejoice in the death of an unbeliever?
Let me put it to you another way: A man goes to hell and those with the Redeemer-given “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18) rejoice?
If that’s the case, those who ought to be “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20) have grown dreadfully and dangerously out-of-sync with God’s heart.
Yes, but what about David?
I don’t understand fully all the God-instructed slaughter carried out by some of His people in the Old Testament.
But I refer you again to Jesus’ statements in places such as Matthew 5:43-45: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies….”
Why are we more committed to something less than that?
I know David waged his wars and wrote his psalms against his enemies.
If I wish to live by that dimension of David’s life, it seems I should also live others such as these:
- Animal sacrifices for sin
- Strict Sabbath observances
Well, I really must get to work. I have more to say on this subject, but it will have to wait.
Oh, hang on a bit.
For the record, this isn’t about politics and nationalism. It isn’t about faulting or justifying the United States for taking out Osama Bin Laden.
This is about Christians. And about God’s ways for His people.